Taste of the Highlands

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Local Travel Planner

Local Travel Planner was created to showcase Sydney’s natural wonders and vibrant culture.

Led by friendly, knowledgeable guides, our experiences take you a step beyond the typical in a small group of no more than 11 curious travellers.

  • 8.30am-4.30pm
  • Group Size: minimum 4 - maximum 11
  • Sydney, Australia

Indulge in the wonderful local produce of the Southern highlands and meet the people that bring it to the glass and plate.

Ease into this day of leisure and laid-back country pleasure with a scenic drive from the edge of Sydney Harbour to the rolling hills of the Southern Highlands. Take the time to kick back, relax and start warming up those taste buds!

On arrival at Centennial Vineyards it’s back to school with a Pinot masterclass showcasing the premier grape variety of Sydney’s closest wine region. Guided by a resident oenophile from this cool-climate boutique winery, you’ll embark on a progressive tasting journey through flights of sparkling, white, rosé and red wines – all made using estate-grown mutations of the Pinot grape. Who knew?

Continuing the focus on local produce, you’ll experience fine dining Southern Highlands-style at chef-hatted restaurant eschalot. Owner and head chef Matty Roberts will lead you through the garden surrounding the restaurant where he will pick the freshest of fresh ingredients to prepare the gourmet meal you are about to savour. Complementing Matty’s skill in the kitchen, owner and maître d’ Cass Wallace will select a local wine to match each of the three courses.

After lunch enjoy a wander around the charming Georgian village of Berrima. Browse the quaint shops along the leafy main street – look out for tea, chocolate, locally-made preserves and arts and crafts – and admire the colonial sandstone buildings.

Then it’s time for a little more relaxation on the trip back in to the city. Siesta optional.


  • Pinot MasterclassWhat better classroom than a winery, right? Taste flights of sparkling, white, rose and red estate grown wines all made from the Pinot family of grapes. Sip and learn!
  • Meet the chefJoin eschalot owner and head chef Matty Roberts to pick ingredients fresh from the garden for your gourmet three-course lunch. Yes, of course that includes dessert!
  • Gourmet long lunchSavour a meal created using the freshest ingredients of the day. Each course is matched with a local wine selected by owner and maître d’ Cass Wallace.

Meeting Point

Outside the Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel, 30 Pitt St, Sydney. It is a 2 minute walk from Circular Quay light rail, train, bus and ferry terminals, and a 5 to 20 minute walk from most central Sydney hotels. Please be ready 10 minutes prior.

Guest Requirements

Participants must be 18 years or older. It doesn’t matter how much older 🙂

Private option

Pay for a minimum of six guests to make your tour private. Contact us to check availability and to book.

What to Bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Warm clothing in layers if it’s cold (usually May-October)

Price Includes

  • Pinot Masterclass at Centennial Vineyards
  • Tour of eschalot restaurant garden with the head chef
  • Three course chef choice lunch paired with local wines
  • Return air-conditioned minibus transport from Circular Quay*
  • Friendly, knowledgeable guide
  • * Alternate pickup location can be arranged for private tours. Contact us for a quote.