The Swan Valley wine region is situated an easy half hours drive from Perth and offers a fascinating array of historic wineries, food providers and other tourist attractions.
Home to more than 20 boutique, mostly family-owned wineries, the region is characterised by diverse micro climates as a result of elevated rolling hills, cool sheltered valleys and mild ocean breezes off Geographe Bay.
Margaret River is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful wine regions in Australia, featuring a stunning coastline dotted with sandy beaches and surf breaks, lush forests, fascinating bejewelled caves, and a food and wine culture second to none.
Isolated, remote, and incredibly beautiful, there are over 30 wineries in this diverse region.
Perth Hills is a pretty region starting just 30 minutes from the CBD, with constantly changing vistas stretching from the northeast to the southeast of Perth. The native plant vegetation grows in rich profusion, with patches of introduced exotics from Europe and elsewhere adding an unexpected contrast. Winemaking has been intermittent but on a tiny scale, dating back to the first-known winery built in the 1880s, and now includes 20+ cellar doors.
The European settlement of Peel dates back to 1829, the year “Swan River Colony” was founded and Thomas Peel brought three ships of migrants from England for the Peel Settlement Scheme. The first vineyard was established near Pinjarra in 1857. The first commercial shiraz vineyard was started by Will Nairn at Peel Estate in 1974. Shiraz remains the flagship variety of the region.
Southern Forests (Manjimup & Pemberton)
With its ancient, towering karri forests, rolling farmland and cool viticultural climate, this beautiful wine region is renowned for its widely planted Pinot Noir and increasingly recognised for its Sparkling wine styles as well as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Verdelho. Paired with the region’s fabulous fare and unique outdoor activities, a trip to the Southern Forests wine region is a unique gastronomic adventure.
The Blackwood Valley is one of Australia’s newest wine regions and also one of its most picturesque with lush pastures, majestic trees and gentle winding rivers. Nestled in the heart of the South West of WA, it is now home to 15 cellar doors offering a range of boutique wines including chardonnay, riesling, sauvignon blanc, semillion and shiraz with smaller quantities of viognier and pinot noir.