Sure, if we focused strictly on the quality of wine, this list may have looked slightly different. But in our opinion, winery hopping is all about the experience. At these Swan Valley wineries you can paddle in a lake, make your own wine labels and eat your body weight in chocolate; all while enjoying delicious vino to boot.
Here are 10 of our favourite Swan Valley wineries.
Coward & Black
Wine and chocolate masterclasses; need we say more? Coward & Black’s partnership with the Margaret River Chocolate Company allows you to combine two of your fave vices in one. Eat chocolate, swill wine, and try a range of chocolate liqueurs—then bag a bottle of your fave to take home with you. Your endorphins will do a happy dance. This is a definite Swan Valley must-do.
The folks behind Tyler’s Vinyard are exemplars of ‘work with what you've got’, making a diverse range of delicious drops from just one kind of grape, the Grenache. More reasons to love Tyler’s: their adorable tin shed cellar door and rustic barn, a resident goose, and the fact that you can print your own wine labels right there at the cellar door.
This Swan Valley winery scores a spot for all the parties they throw. Think local producer's days, Christmas BBQs, Australia day parties and plenty of long lunches among the wine barrels.
Olive Farm Wines
A winery connected to a cheese cafe is our kind of winery. Head to Olive Farm Wines and taste a few drops from their 35-strong wine list, then pop on over to the Cheese Barrel Cafe and do a cheese tasting before ordering a platter and a bottle of wine.
Upper Reach Winery
In February and March Upper Reach holds their Twilight Concerts, a series of intimate outdoor shows with awesome soul acts and great food. If you’re super quick on the uptake, you can even book a stay in a little cottage on the property, just stumbling distance from the concert.
Harris Organic Wines
Buy your veggies from farmers markets, shop fair trade, and make your own compost? Congrats, your moral compass is stick straight and this winery is your new spiritual home. Free of pesticides, chemicals and fertilizers, Harris scores gongs as Perth’s only organic winery and the only organic brandy distillery that's making vodka, brandy and gin in Australia. Keep an eye out for their tasting nights.
Love wine but can’t stomach the wank? Lancaster Wines is as down to earth as they come, serving up their fine wine from a tin shed. With some of the oldest vines in the Swan Valley, all their drops are gluggable, but the dessert wines are extra special.
One of the most well-known wineries in the Swan Valley, Sandalford Winery is also one of the best. If you want to try something a little different, why not book yourself in for a wine cruise? Leaving Perth at 9.45am, you'll cruise up the Swan River and arrive by boat. How glam. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Sandalford before cruising back to town.
Oakover Grounds has had a serious face-lift and it’s looking more like a cutting-edge city bar, with retro references and an industrial-cool fit-out. Except unlike urban joints, Oakover overlooks a big lake where you can rent paddleboards for free.
Sitella may be young for a winery, but they were chosen as the best small producer of the year in 2016 by Ray Jordan's WA Wine Guide and after you taste their wines you'll understand why. While you can just hit the cellar door for some tastings or drop in for lunch, we think it would be much more fun to pencil in a North African cooking workshop with Sitella's head chef, Mike Price, where you'll also learn a bit about wine pairing.
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