About Us

The Canberra district wine region is home to over 150 vineyards, more than 40 Cellar Doors and a production of more than two million bottles of wine annually. Boutique wineries dot the region and most are producing hand-crafted and award winning wines, making a wine tour a memorable experience.

The wine district is located within 45 minutes’ drive of Canberra, making it perfect for a Grape Escape wine tour. The district’s focus is on producing quality wines and maintaining a boutique look and feel, making a wine tour idyllic for sipping wines, sampling local produce and improving wine knowledge.

Our Grape Escape Wine Tours are a quintessential day out for wine enthusiasts, for couples, or for small family groups or friends wishing to celebrate a special occasion or just being together and having fun.

Our wine tours are luxury and bespoke private tours. We plan an individualised wine tour with you so you can enjoy visiting the region’s wineries exactly as you wish; or you can leave the itinerary up to us.

The choice is yours, the coordination is ours.

Our personalised approach to your

Grape Escape Wine Tour ensures you a relaxed day sampling the region’s outstanding wines at wonderful Cellar Doors.

We can incorporate a stop for lunch, ranging from fabulous pizzas to fine dining … or you can sit back with a charcuterie and cheese platter to savour with your tastings. Your wine tour will be intimate, with no more than six of your family or friends, and can be booked for four and a half hours through to eight hours depending on your desires. The Cellar Doors you visit during your wine tour are welcoming and friendly, and the knowledge imparted and stories told are engaging, focused and diverse.

Our Drivers' Story

Rodney Key

- Audi A8 L and Audi Q7

Rodney is a skilled chauffeur driver with exceptional credentials. With many years of experience, Rodney is well regarded in the industry at senior levels. His service is highly respected by Australian and international corporations; many local, national and international executives, dignitaries, delegates, government and private businesspeople entrust Rodney as their preferred driver for their business requirements, in Canberra and interstate. Rodney extends his attention to detail and his warm and friendly, yet unobtrusive, approach to those wanting a personalised and memorable luxury Grape Escape wine tour experience in the Canberra cool climate wine district.

“…. Rodney’s experience and knowledge of the Canberra vineyard region excelled our experience to dizzying heights. Rodney has left us hungry for more …” (Mairead, Dec 2020)

“Rodney was punctual, thoughtful and extremely professional, yet personable.  It was all in the detail … a well-planned day and we didn’t feel rushed.” (Judy, Nov 2020)

Matt Elliston

- Holden Caprice

Matt is also a highly skilled driver with friendly and easy-going interpersonal skills.  Matt has a diversity of life experience through military active service, not-for-profit, public and private sector work experience.  Matt focuses on providing clients with a really pleasurable private Grape Escape luxury wine tour that they will recall often, and recommend to others.

“ Matt was absolutely wonderful! We could not recommend this service enough. We had the best time, and would happily do this again,” (Jordi, Dec 2020)

“… My friends and I had a great time and it was probably the best winery tour I have done. I would definitely use this service again. Thank you for a great experience an (Nao, Feb 2020)

Both Rodney and Matt are meticulous in ensuring their vehicles meet safety regulations and are maintained to the highest standard. The vehicles are sanitised and the ACT Government’s COVID guidelines for public carrying vehicles are adhered to. Hand sanitiser and masks are available to all passengers.

What Our Clients Say

 “Rodney and Helen provided a wonderful experience for our end of year work function.
We thoroughly enjoyed Rodney’s extensive knowledge of the local wineries and the unexpected small touches made a wonderful afternoon, even more memorable.
Helen made putting the itinerary together an enjoyable process which meant the day came together seamlessly. I highly recommend Grape Escapes Canberra and look forward to booking with them again in the near future for our next tour.”  Jen, Nov 2023

“We booked a day long tour and it was excellent. Rodney and Helen’s depth of knowledge, attention to detail, network of local contacts and passion for the ACT and surrounds wine region was clear, and made our experience richer and more rewarding. The tour was tailored to our needs, flexible and relaxed. Communication was fast, responsive and very thorough with every detail considered and thought through – right up to the glass of champagne in the car in the morning.  They made all our bookings and ensured the wineries were ready to go when we arrived.  Could not recommend more highly. Five stars.” Tom, Dec 2021  

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