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: Mark
Food and Wine Experience
Having traveled the world I’ve experienced many weird and wonderful flavours. Nothing beats eating as the locals do and being immersed in their world with the smells and sights that they call home. The search for this culinary and sensory experience has been adventurous and challenging at times. Eating pig’s stomach goulash in a Hungarian forest and washing it down with shots of home brewed Slivovitz. Eating pigeon and camel whilst sailing on a felucca down the Nile in Egypt. Purchasing wine by the jerry can from a local’s basement distillery in Cypress and swilling it down with fresh squid caught by hand and sundried. Even the normal clichéd foods are memorable, like eating pizza for eight consecutive meals in Italy!
Favourite wine: Nothing beats a big bold Shiraz from the Hunter Valley, Barossa or Clare Valley region. Combined with a Sunday roast in winter and I’m a happy man. Of course I can’t be biased towards the red side of life so for summer it’s a crisp Riesling paired with fresh sashimi or any seafood really.
Favourite food: Anything from our Asian neighbours but especially Japanese cuisine. The freshness of Sashimi and the comfort of ramen are hard to go past. Along with the perfect presentation of the dishes and warm smiles from the staff, dining in Japan is unforgettable. Having a full Sashimi breakfast at the Tokyo fish markets was my highlight.