Make the most of that luscious WA terroir by visiting one of the amazing wineries just outside of Perth. Here are just nine of our favourites in the Swan Valley.
The number of quality wineries in the Swan Valley is almost overwhelming, but tried and true classics like Lamont’s always keep you in good stead. With a rich heritage in winemaking, the Lamonts know how to balance a commitment to quality with a welcoming, unpretentious atmosphere. Take a seat under the gum trees in their renovated outdoor area, and enjoy some of their award-winning wine and crowd-pleasing menu.
85 Bisdee Road, Millendon
So Lamont’s has us covered for classic and heritage – but Pandemonium has us covered if you’re looking for a bit more of a rebellious attitude. Established in 2008, the boutique winery produces a variety of Spanish grapes including tempranillo, grenache, and pedro ximinez. As if that wasn’t enough, 2018 saw their expansion into the Swan Valley Gin Company – artisanal dry gin produced using botanicals and a Pandemonium wine base. Pop by on one of their Vinyl Sunday events to have a boogie with BYO records… don’t worry about bringing wine though, they’ve got that more than covered.
1050 Great Northern Highway, Baskerville
Highlighting the distinctive qualities of their Swan Valley grown fruit, Upper Reach‘s wines are full-flavoured and vibrant, made with a painstaking dedication to the craft. But it’s the warm service and extensive knowledge you’ll find at this boutique winery that really sets them apart. And why not make a weekend of it, with a relaxing stay at the estate’s cottage amongst the vineyard? A glass of wine by a log fire sounds pretty good right now…
77 Memorial Avenue, Baskerville
After a decade of being WA’s most awarded boutique winery, Mandoon Estate have taken a step back from competition – but don’t let that fool you. They’re still producing some of the state’s best premium wines, with two historic vineyards that include vines over 100 years old. Immerse yourself in the world of wine with a tour through the entire winemaking process, or even personalise a bottle with an interactive wine blending experience. Plus, there’s accommodation at the newly completed Colony, overlooking the nearly 130-year-old Verdelho vines – so you don’t need to worry about how to get home.
10 Harris Road, Caversham
If you’re into the sparkling, a visit to Garbin Estate is a must. This family-run winery has a storied past, with three generations involved in making the winery what it is today. While their shiraz and sangiovese are certainly worth a taste, their sparkling, made using a méthode traditionelle, is a real highlight.
209 Toodyay Road, Middle Swan
With the establishing estate formed nearly 200 years ago, Sandalford is one of the state’s most historic vineyards. That rich history has brought with it a reputation for high-quality, premium wines – which are now also exported to over 40 countries. As well as their premium wine offerings, their restaurant is one of the most well-regarded in the region, with an Italian-influenced menu and a lush fit out to match.
3210 West Swan Road, Caversham
Olive Farm Wines
Olive Farm bills itself as the oldest winery in the Swan Valley, as well as the most innovative… and if that doesn’t pique our interest, nothing will. Established in 1829, the winery is now in its fourth generation of family ownership, with a hugely diverse range of wines on offer. From big reds, to crisp whites and succulent fortifieds, these guys have something for everyone – even kid and driver-friendly Croatian-style grape juice!
920 Great Northern Highway, Millendon
Ugly Duckling are making premium wines, with a down to earth attitude. Charming and rustic, enjoy a cheeseboard or pie while you soak up their picturesque vineyard scenery – and a glass or two of their wine, of course. Always expanding, this winery has come leaps and bounds from its humble beginnings in 1996, selling grapes to other local wineries.
7790 West Swan Road, West Swan
Windy Creek Estate
Another family-run outfit, Windy Creek Estate is home to an enticing selection of wines to suit all tastes. Their specialty though? It’s got to be those fortifieds – luscious and sticky, they’re made using a combination of traditional and modern methods. With all their offerings at an attractively affordable price point, Windy Creek manages to meld the best of old and new.
27 Stock Road, Herne Hill
Header image: Sandalford Wines