Meet The Zepher Tours Team

Zepher Tours is a family owned tour company specialising in public & private Hunter Valley wine tours, Hunter Valley music concert transport and regional food & wine festival packages. Commencing in 2012 with passion, enthusiasm and a commitment to deliver an awesome day out with friends, Zepher Tours is now established as the good times day tour for enjoying the Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine production region. Just four years after our first tour we’d achieved more than five hundred 5 star reviews on Trip Advisor so we figured we were doing something right. But like a rolling stone we felt the impetus to keep moving, so we set ourselves a new BIG goal by introducing short breaks every month that take in some of the best annual Food & Wine experiences in Australia. We seek out the most unique, vibrant, eclectic, stimulating, conversational and rewarding regional experiences out there that have food, wine and music as part of their event DNA. These experiences are then wrapped with great accommodation, local transport and a dynamic guide to make sure everything flows. These exclusive weekend breaks are perfect for friends, couples, and groups looking to share the good life surrounded by Australia’s beautiful and amazing scenery.

Top Vintage: Brett

Food and Wine Experience
Having travelled extensively in South America, Central America and Asia I have survived on my fair share of staples eg rice, beans, corn and chilli, accompanied by the local beverage. I have eaten highland guinea pig in Peru but declined to eat dog in South Korea. I’ve got too drunk on backyard Bolivian chicha and had massive hangovers from too much Colombian aguardiente. The curry in India goes superbly with Kingfisher beer and the stewed chilli while trekking in Bhutan was surprisingly mild. The fried grasshoppers in Mexico went well with the local mescal and making my own caipirinhas in the middle of the Brazilian Pantanal listening to a million frogs was wonderful. Living in Argentina gave me appreciation for Malbec and doing a road trip through the Margaret River region was life lived at its best.
Favourite wine:
Orange Mountain Riesling from west of Orange and a Hunter Valley Shiraz from Mount Pleasant Estate.
Favourite food:
Shared platters and dishes with Korean being a fave with its kaleidoscope of colour and flavour.

Head Cheese: Alanna

Food and Wine Experience
In the back streets of Siem Reap, you can pick up a delicious fresh meal for $2 a plate. It’s always the people working in the restaurants that draw me in first, then the fragrant aroma coming from the kitchen that keeps me coming back every day. Siem Reap, Cambodia offers an array of local Khmer dishes, Asian and street food options. However it’s the story behind each restaurant that makes a difference in where I choose to eat. My favourite experience would have to be my visit to Haven, a training restaurant teaching disadvantaged young adults valuable work skills while providing local honest high quality food. The local chef personally goes to the market every morning and buys the freshes and best ingredients for you to enjoy each day. Make sure to book well in advance, I had to wait 5 days to get a booking!
Favourite wine:
I would have to say it’s between a Sauvignon Blanc Semillon from Vasse Felix in the Margaret River region and Audrey Series Rose from Audrey Wilkinson in the Hunter Valley.
Favourite food:
Asian food is my go to whenever I’m out with friends. The flavours, fresh produce and spices get me every time.

Cogs & Wheels: Ash

Food and Wine Experience
I always try to embrace the local specialties when I visit a new country. Having a sweet tooth you can bet that I managed 14 scoops of gelato within a few days in Rome. Cinnamon, nutella, or filled with ice cream – Trdelník was certainly the dish of the day – every day – in Prague. Snacking on fresh fruit and macadamia nuts in Wakiki, and enjoying shave ice in the Maui summer sun. Eating Sicilian pasta dishes for every day I spent in Taormina, accompanied by an Aperol Spritz (or two). The freshest tempeh, satay and nasi goreng in Indonesia. Eating raclette melted and scraped from the wheel onto a fresh piece of bread right in front of me in Lauterbrunnen Switzerland. The list goes on….
Favourite wine:
I love some Hunter Valley Shiraz during the winter months of course. Summer time I can be caught drinking anything from a Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Prosecco, to some sort of cocktail fusion!
Favourite food:
My two favourite dishes – freshly made gnocchi with a burnt butter and sage sauce, OR an Indian banquet consisting of a bowl of curry such as dahl or paneer served with rice, naan bread, and a generous dollop of accompaniments (raita, chutney and chilli pickle) – YUM!

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