Not only are the Perth Hills home to some amazing cafes, restaurants and sights, they also offer up plenty of wine, cider and sparkling to cheers with your mates. The tough job will be finding a designated driver to get your up there.
Here are the best wineries and cideries to check out next time you’re Hills bound.
Plume Estate Vineyard
Perched above their glorious vines, the restaurant at Plume Estate Vineyard is dishing up some delectable tapas delights. Think marinated mushrooms served on a creamy white bean puree and grilled Fremantle sardines with gremolata. Pair those with a pinot noir, ladera, sparkling rose or shiraz and you’re good to go!
Our very own slice of Margaret River in the Hills, Fairbrossen Winery is the place to go if you’re in the mood to sip some vino. They’ve got loads of different wines to try, as well as brekkies, lunches and cheeseboards made with fresh and local produce.
Carldenn Homestead Wines
While you’re in the area, definitely swing by Carldenn Homestead’s cellar door and pick up a case of their vino. They’ve got everything from semillon and chardonnay to Prosecco and merlot, plus a pretty smooth tawny port, if you’re into that kinda thing.
With some of the most beautiful surrounds, Myattsfield Vineyards are run by young wine makers Josh and Rachael Davenport. Along with their regular drops all the Hills’ folk love, they’re selling a delicious Mediterranean-style wine, Mourvedre, which complements food perfectly (that’s what we like to hear). Myattsfield also run a range of workshops ranging from a disgorging to cheese and wine pairing.
When we found out La Fattoria was home to a winery as well as a delicious Italian dining experience we squealed in delight. Their grapes are squeezed by the legends over at Myattsfield and they've got several delectable wines available for purchase (and tasting) at their cellar door. Book a lunch at Nonna's Family Table, grab some vino and enjoy the view.
Hainault Vineyard And Cafe
Open weekends and public holidays, Hainault’s vineyard is the highest in Western Australia, and that seems to do a world of good for their grapes because their wines are delicious, with several award winning drops among the bunch. The cafe menu features hearty goodness like beef and merlot pies, Moroccan lamb tagines and dukkah crusted roast pumpkin burgers, along with share plates and desserts (sticky date pudding, anyone?). They even sell picnic bags for you to enjoy while picnicking among the vines.
Due Jolly Winery
While named Due Jolly, Two Jokers in Italian, the wine bottled here is no joke. Stop by their cellar door (open weekends only) to enjoy seasonal platters, piled high with cheese, salami, terrine, chutney, olives and ciabatta, along with your tastings.
The Packing Shed at Lawnbrook
The Packing Shed is the Hills hot spot all the cool kids are raving about. Not only do the bottles they sell here feature the most adorable designs, their rotating menu is packed with flavour. You’ll be hard pressed choosing between tasty nibbles like beetroot and sumac arancinis, buttermilk chicken bites and classic pork and fennel sausage rolls but the good news is everything is pretty reasonably priced so you can afford to try a few things.
Boutique winery Brookside Vineyard churns out some exsqueezingly good chardonnay and cabernet in some of the most stunning surrounds. Stop by their restaurant, The Vineyard Kitchen, for a feast of beetroot and goats cheese brulee, slow cooked beef cheek on celeriac puree and goats curd with fresh honeycomb before picking up a few bottles of the good stuff to add to your growing collection.
CORE Cider House
Overlooking stunning orchards in Pickering Brook, the CORE Cider House is a great spot to enjoy refreshing ciders and delicious food with friends. We suggest checking this one out on a Sunday. With live music, pizzas on the grass, stunning orchard views, and all the cider your heart desires, it's defintiely worth the trip.
Carmel Cider Co
Handcrafting apple and pear ciders is the name of the game at the Carmel Cider Co, and it’s lucky because they’re damn good at it. Plus, with their apple and pear blossoms in full bloom right now, this place is just waiting for you to come grab the perfect snap. Pack a picnic and take in all the floral views with a few cheeky ciders.
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Image credit: Myattsfield Vineyards