Here are two fun facts you may not have known about our beloved Swan Valley – it’s not only WA’s oldest wine region, it’s also the second oldest in the country.
While both facts are pretty cool, the region has just added an exciting new string to its bow – it now boasts a unique distillery trail, the only one of its kind in Australia.
The Swan Valley has of course been beloved by wine, cider and beer drinkers for decades, but it’s also home to an array of supremely dedicated distillers, handcrafting a delicious range of spirits including gin, vodka, brandy, limoncello and rum – yum!
The newly launched Swan Valley Distillery Trail will offer visitors a chance to experience five of these wholly unique, award-winning distilleries in less than a day.
So, who are you going to meet?
Old Young’s Distillery
Home to the internationally acclaimed Six Seasons Gin, 1829 Gin and Pavlova Vodka, Old Young’s is all about locally-sourced produce and an extensive range of Australian botanicals.
In fact, every one of their vodkas and gins have picked up an international award in just a few short years, and the crew at Old Young’s will be more than happy to tell you how over a couple of sips.
Harris Organic Wine & Spirits
Head to Harris to taste the only certified organic London dry style gin in WA, made from organic grapes planted, pruned, picked and fermented in the Valley.
Harris is also home to some beautiful brandies, vodkas and even a naughty little moonshine, bottled direct from the still.
Swan Valley Gin Company
This boutique distillery is located within the grounds of popular Swan Valley Spanish wine spot Pandemonium Estate, where you can salsa through the Spanish-inspired gin Bar, the Gintoneria, and dive into the Diablo gin range.
You can also dabble in some of their specialty limoncello, made in small amounts with Swan Valley lemons and blanco limes for a grappa-style spirit.
Great Northern Distillery
While Great Northern’s laidback alfresco area is perfect for cocktails with vine-laden views, you can also take a guided tour through the internationally renowned distillery and sample some Canefine rums, gin, vodka and handcrafted liqueurs.
They’re WA’s most award rum distillery, and we think you’ll have a mighty fine time tasting why.
WA Distillers Guild President and Sin Gin owner Kate Sinfield is looking forward to welcoming more of a new type of visitor and tourist to the Swan Valley, and the trail will make for some fantastic new experiences.
“The five Swan Valley distilleries are all operated very differently and are creating world-class, different spirits, she says, “This means that visitors have five unique experience as they wander out yonder into the Swan Valley visiting local WA distilleries.”
The addition of the new trail means there are now eight awesome Food & Wine Trails in the region, joining journeys like the Cider and Ale Trail, Kids In The Valley Trail, Bush Tucker & Beyond and more.
After a year where the food and drinks industry has found new ways to survive, we can’t think of many things better than heading out to the Swan Valley and sourcing beaut local produce direct from the distillers themselves.