The Story

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Stay n’ Sip was founded in 2021, by two wine lovers who met when studying their WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) level 3 in the Hunter Valley.
 
As part of the next generation of wine business entrepreneurs, Pierre Toumanoff and Mercedes Mendoza saw a gap in the market and took it! They come to you to host a fun, educational and interactive wine tasting, wine game or team-building activities. Groups can now on keep enjoying their accommodation for longer and relax without having to travel, being sure of getting a five-star experience.  
 

‘We are those people who absolutely love what they do,’ says Mercedes. ‘In wine country, life can certainly go at a slower pace if you want it to, but not for us! We love people and we love wine, so the idea of getting to share our passion with a willing audience is so exciting!’

Pierre further explains, ‘we enjoy living and working in the Hunter Valley where the community is extremely supportive. Tourism has fueled the growth of this wine region and we want to keep promoting it through our business.’
 

They refresh an old service and became the trendy new nighttime activity for Sydneysiders staying in the Hunter and corporates looking for unique experiences to connect team members and thank clients.

 

Pierre

Country of Origin: France.

Certification: WSET Level 3.

Wine region visited: France - Loire Valley, Champagne, Burgundy, Alsace, Provence; Italy - Liguria, Tuscany; South Africa - Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Robertson; Australia - Lakes Georges, Riverina, Mudgee, Orange, Rutherglen, King Valley, Macedon Ranges, Nagambie Lakes, Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Hobart…

Favourite grape variety: Chardonnay.

Passions outside of wine: Flying and skiing.

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Our Team

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Mercedes

Country of Origin: Australia.

Certification: WSET Level 3.

Wine regions visited: France - Champagne, Burgundy; Italy - Piemonte, Tuscany; Spain - Jerez; Australia - Lakes Georges, Riverina, Mudgee, Orange, Rutherglen, King Valley, Macedon Ranges, Nagambie Lakes, Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula…

Favourite grape variety: Semillon.

Passions outside of wine: Dance fitness and neglecting succulents.