The people of Perth like nothing more than a good old fashioned Perth wine crawl. Getting your friends together and visiting some local wineries is almost a right of passage for us. That’s why any trip to Perth is really not complete unless you tour the Swan Valley region taking in all the best in food (and of course a few bottles of your favourite vino).
Our top pick of the bunch (and for good reason) Oakover Grounds offers its visitors a look into some of the Swan Valley’s best wine. Recently going through a makeover, the new bar and restaurant have capitalised on the incredible view of the lake and the surrounding grassland. The best part is that you can now hire a paddle boat for you and your pals. Oakover Grounds is also close to our hearts as they have hosted Hot Dub Wine Machine in the past. So time your run right and you can also get amongst this incredible event that showcases top, up and coming artists, food trucks and fancy food hampers. What’s not to like about that?
One of the most long-standing and reputable vineyards in the Swan Valley region – Sandleford offers up tasty vino, a top-notch fine dining restaurant and our favourite addition – a wine cruise! If you are chasing something really special, the wine cruise is a perfect way to experience the Swan River followed by a 2-course lunch with paired wine and an exclusive behind the scenes tour!
Coward and Black
Coward and Black pride themselves on growing their grapes in dry soil. Dry soil you might be thinking? It basically means that the vines are so established that their roots travel far beneath the soil to hit a natural water source. In other words, the wine is great and full of interesting notes! Coward and Black are perfect if you also want to sit back and taste a selection of chocolate liqueurs with the help of their friends from the Margaret River Chocolate Company.
Tylers Vineyard chose to take a narrow approach to winemaking and focus on some of the best grenache our state has to offer. Any trip to the Swan Valley is not complete without a visit to Tylers Vineyard. While you’re there you can try your hand at personalising your very own wine label. A perfect activity for a first date!
Harris Organic Wines
Scoring the award of the only winery in the Perth region with a certified organic stamp – Harris Organic Wines offers small group tastings from its very long range of high-quality organic wines. Knowing that the drop you drink is free from pesticides and fertilisers makes a visit to Harris a must do along the Swan Valley winery trail and is perfect for a long lunch.
Ugly Duckling Winery
For those that want to take along their favourite pooch to lunch – Ugly Duckling Winery has made this possible by allowing your dogs to accompany you in the outdoor seating area. Apart from being able to drink wine with your dog, this cellar door produces a great local drop coupled with old fashioned service in a low-key setting!
Darlington Estate Winery
Very popular for those looking to tie-the-knot, Darlington Estate Winery offers our pick of the bunch for the most beautifully rustic winery on the list. Offering a floor to ceiling glass dining room and rustic timber beams throughout, the team at Darlington have a great handle on all things wine and bring this expertise into their wine tasting sessions. A must do for a very special experience!
And there we have it. Your answer to the ultimate Perth wineries in the Swan Valley. If you are thinking of visiting a few on the list above, we can help transport you and your friends. Our team can customise an itinerary to suit your wine stops and our driver will be there waiting to take you to the next vineyard. Happy wine-ing!