Have you ever stood alone on a street corner waiting for someone to take you on an adventure; someone who promised to tantalize your every sense? To experience the pleasure of some of the most beautiful Australian Valley terrain the eye has to see, vibrant colours of flowering trees, the bouquet smell of the finest wines made in Queensland; a taste of heaven. My wife and I met Peter in front of our hotel. We had just wished some friends a pleasant day when we turned and Peter called our names as if he was speaking to us as an old friend. The connection was so warm, so personable, and so right!
Peter walked us to his car, an immaculately clean SUV and then we were off on an all day adventure. As we sped way, Peter prepared our senses by sharing a snippet of what we were about to experience. We drove to Tambourine Mountain Valley. The drive began as hilly landscape with outcrops of stunning panoramas and climaxed as mountainous rainforest that is forever etched in our memories. We had booked a wine tasting tour, but the day became more of a history of the land, the people that made the land what it has become, and what the land has provided to the families that live and work the land; the fruit of the valley. My wife and I learned more about different wines, and wine making than we have ever known before. We sampled Queensland’s finest at five different wine tasting vineyards and cellars. All the while as we rolled along the country roads, Peter shared his knowledge of the wine industry that has flourished right in his backyard, for Peter lives in the Valley he is showcasing. He told of families, years earlier building spectacular houses, planting vintage European vines creating the heritage that Queensland celebrates today. We gently swirled the wines of harvest of the last two years to cherish the wonderful smells of the wines as our senses became aroused to their taste on our tongue. My wife saw Kangaroo crossing signs along the roadway. She wanted to see kangaroo in the wild. Peter made her dream come true! He knew exactly where to drive to fulfill her wish. Peter shared a day in his world with us and made himself a friend of ours for life. You can tour the same countryside with other tour guides but none as focused on satisfying the five senses of the body. Lynn and John Martine Bellville Texas, May 15, 2011
Visited May 2011
“A great day out!”
Reviewed June 28, 2011
Despite the freezing weather this was a fantastic way to spend a day. Went to a variety of places, and tried wines, etc that normally I wouldn't. Friendly atmosphere, value for money, and the lunch was great! Would make a really great gift. The pick up and drop service was awesome, no worrying about who has to drive. You're in good hands when you do this tour!
Visited June 2011
“Fantastic day out”
Reviewed July 19, 2011 NEW
We had a wonderful experience with Cork "N Fork Winery Tours from the moment Judi picked us up at our Gold Coast hotel until she dropped us off again. Judi has a sixth sense when it comes to knowing what her clients want from the experience and she certainly delivers. Her knowledge and local insight of the area was enlightening, and on realising it was our first visit to the mountain she took the time to show us the sights and gave us tips on how to get the best from our time at Mt Tamborine. Judi showed us many attractions that we could otherwise have missed and because of this we will definitely go back to Mt Tamborine for a longer visit. All the wineries we visited were excellent and we certainly made some very enjoyable purchases of wine, olive oils and flavoured balsamic vinegars. Witches Falls and AU Wineries were among our favourites and I can't wait to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon at AU, enjoying some music , good wine and delicious cheese and bread platters. Meeting the winery owners was a bonus and made the experience more personal. Our lunch at Heritage Wineries, included in the cost of the tour, was astonishingly good, my husband said it was the best steak he ever had anywhere in his life. Again, we will definitely go back to Heritage Wineries, not only for the food and wine but also the views and the best roaring log fire you will ever see. We were lucky to enjoy a visit to the Distillery and samples some awesome, and very potent, liquors and vodka! Judi was also kind enough to take us to The Cheese Factory, where we bought some Red Leicester and Tamembert (Mt Tamborines own camembert cheese) that was to die for. Judi is an excellent host, very down to earth, friendly and welcoming. We wondered what we would find to chat about for a whole day but the conversation flowed as if we had known each other for years. This tour is definitely a must do for anyone visiting Brisbane, the Gold Coast or Mt Tamborine.
Visited May 2011
“A fantastic way to spend the day!”
Reviewed July 19, 2011 NEW
A great tour is 50% attraction and 50% tour guide and we were lucky enough to have excellence in both. Pete was a wonderful tour guide with years of knowledge and interesting anecdotes to bring the tour alive - he is genuinely passionate about the area and the wine and clearly maintains good relationships with the wineries we visited. The wineries were all quite different but all beautiful with friendly staff. We sampled a WIDE variety of wines and had the opportunity to make purchases at each winery (although in no way pushed to buy!).
A very enjoyable tour - I'd recommend it to anyone - except a tee-totaller!!
Visited July 2011
Just a quick note to thank you for a fantastic day yesterday - we are already looking for our next free weekend to book again!!
Thanks to our hosts at the cellar doors - it was great to hear stories and learn a little about the making of our favourite drink!
Thank you Katie and Michelle
Name: Phil & Jan Guppy
September 30th 2012
Peter and Judy
Thank you both so much for a great day today, everyone had a great time
So we are all packed up and ready for the trip home to Ireland! We have sent you some photos of our day out. We both wanted to just thank you very much for one of the best days of our holiday. We had a super day and thank you for touring us around. No more wolf blass and yellow tail for us now!! Ha we will be highly recommending this tour. Thanks again
Charlene and Gary Hunter xox
Date 24 Mar 2010 Please write your enquiry Hi Pete & Judi, thank you for a great tour we had on Wednesday 23rd March 2010. We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the personal touch Pete gave us. We will be spreading the word! Keep in touch! Cheers Jan & Phil
Thank you so much for a wonderful weekend, last weekend. I was so delighted when my husband, for a surprise, booked a winery tour for my 30th birthday with all the girls. It was the best day and you were a fantastic host and bus driver. Your knowledge and down-to-earth personality made the day very enjoyable. All of the girls thought that it was great and some have recommended it to friends. The wineries on your tour were great and they were a wonderful mixture - our visit to the schnapps disterillery was a great surprise and enjoyed by everyone.
The lunch was also beautiful - what more could a girl want.... great food, great wine, great friends, great family and a few great laughs.
I will have fond memories of my birthday and wish to thank you very much for that. I loved the tour and loved Mt. Tambourine. You have a wonderful mountain and I will be revisiting it within the next 12mths with my husband and family.
Tammy MacAndrews - happy customer! :-)
Wednesday 2nd Dec 2009
I wanted to touch base and thank you for our successful group tour over the weekend. Already we have feedback from half the group and everyone has rated the tour as good to excellent, actually 70% said it was excellent and the other 30% said it was good. No one said it was average or below. Also, we had some individual comments i wanted to share with you.
Bus driver was great, all the wineries had wonderful staff and we were looked after very well. Very very hot day. ...
Great bus driver.
loved this tour. Great driver and wineries. Lunch was wonderful.
Very hot in the restaurant at lunch
The lunch on this trip was outstanding. I will definetely be going back and also recommending this tour to others.
Thank you! What a brilliant way for a group to enjoy a day out together. I will be definitely including your tour again when we next have a holiday group on the Gold Coast.Kind regards
A Rendezvous for Singles
Just wanted to let you know, that back in 2001 I took a full day tour with my then boyfriend and mother. We are still raving about the tour to anyone who is asking us what is good to do. James and I were so taken with Albert River Winery that we celebrated our wedding there in June 2004.
It is lovely to see that the business is thriving and we look forward to joining you on a tour in the future ... when we can get a babysitter for our 2 young children: ages 2 and 4.
Hi Judi & Peter,
Just thought I would send a photo from our wine tour that we went on Last Friday (20th February).
Rod and I had a great day and can't wait to do another tour with you.
We were on holidays for 10 days and out of all of those days the wine tour was the best. Peter is a great host.
Thankyou and can't wait to do it again.
>From Rod and Lee-Anne.
Kim O wrote: Hi Judi & Peter,
Thankyou again for making our day so memorable. I have never been on a winery tour before and I can assure you my first won't be my last.
You can expect to see us again with others in tow. My sister was so delighted and it's probably the first present I have given that she
was really blown away. I still can't believe I kept it a secret for so long. Have a great Week, Kim :)
Mara here, we had a great day, not having to worry about driving, best hospitality and relaxed atmosphere, peter your personality and friendly nature are the best.
Especially enjoyed John's personality and dancing at Cedar Creek Winery! Thank you! Mara
Hi Judi and Peter
I just wanted to let you both know that we had the best day! Judi's knowledge and her ability to choose wines that suit all of us is amazing. this is my second trip and I will be back again. We loved everything, great products and terrific service.
My family and I came on a winery tour with your husband Peter last Saturday (10th January 2009)
and I'd like to say thanks for providing us with such professional yet personal service. We all had
the best time especially our darling Mum who doesn't get the opportunity to get out & about much.
Not only was the tour informative it was also entertaining and most importantly, extremely relaxing.
We, as a family, now have fond memories of an enjoyable day spent together
(celebrating the old timer's (baby sister!) 40th birthday).
Once again thank you both. My mission now is to work on my boss to ensure that he will choose
Cork n Fork as our next Christmas Party venue! Shouldn't be too hard as he's a lover of wine ... &
luckily for me, a push over.
Hope to meet you both again later this year.
The winery tour with Peter was awesome. It was the best day I've had in ages.
Peter was informative,entertaining and a fabulous host. I *loved* the Cedar Creek Winery
& could have stayed there for the rest of my life - would the owners like an adopted daughter??!
The meal was yummy and the staff were very professional and helpful too. I will definitely
be recommending your tour to family and friends.Many thanks