Perth must be one of the luckiest, if not the luckiest, of capital city’s in the world. Especially for wine-lovers. Why, do you ask? Because we have not one, but two wine regions right on our doorstep.
Despite their proximity to each other, both regions are quite different and can offer a very different experience for day-trippers.
Therefore we want to delve into how you can go about choosing the Perth wine region that best suits you. Whether you’re a local or visitor, we want to make sure you see the best of the WA wine scene.
The perks of visiting the Swan Valley wineries
The Swan Valley, dubbed ‘Perth’s Valley of Taste’, is the oldest wine region in Western Australia. Vines were originally planted way back in 1829 in the Swan Valley. Not to mention it is home to many wineries whose founders have passed their legacy down through the generations.
Alongside the immense amount of Western Australian wine history, what else do you have to look forward to in the Swan Valley?
Maximise your time on the ground rather than in a car or tour bus
The Swan Valley wine region is a mere 25-minute drive from Perth City. Which means on a full day Swan Valley wine tour, less than an hour of that will be getting to and from the region.
But not only that, there are about 40 wineries within a 32-kilometre stretch. Therefore you’ll spend more time soaking up the sun and wine than in a car or on a tour bus.
Bonus Tip: If you’re trying to convince the other half, or friends to join and they’re not big into their wine, we have you covered! Tell them that there’s also 6 boutique breweries, cideries and distilleries in the Swan Valley. Not to mention chocolate shops, coffee stops and plenty of foodie options that are absolutely tops!
Unique cellar doors
With the history of the Swan Valley and generations of winemaking families comes some very special experiences.
From underground cellar doors to rustic tin-shed tasting venues to modern and architecturally beautiful spaces, every winery has a little something different. Not to mention you’ll meet the families, friends and wonderfully passionate people who own and operate these local wineries.
Of course, with so many options and such little time, it helps to have a friendly local who can help you plan your perfect day. Including finding some delicious foodie spots!
World class wine region endorsed by Master of Wine Fongyee Walker & more
The Swan Valley wineries continue to receive awards, accolades and endorsements from wine professionals and wine-lovers around the globe.
In 2017 Master of Wine Ms Fongyee Walker visited the Swan Valley and was the International Judge for the Swan Valley Wine Show. She absolutely loved the region and continues to promote the Swan Valley back in her homeland of China.
Alongside Fongyee, the Swan Valley has had the pleasure of the bright and bubbly singer P!nk, celebrity chef George Calombaris and the Punk Princess of Pastry Anna Polyviou all visiting. Plus of course renowned Western Australian wine writer, Ray Jordan is a regular!
Read more about the Swan Valley on the official website.
The perks of visiting the Perth Hills wineries
From Perth City, if you manage to make it to a high enough vantage point you’ll be able to spot the Perth Hills in the distance.
The region has long been known as one of WA’s fruit growing regions (there are still orchards where you can pick your own fruit). It was in 1999 when the region was gazetted as an official wine region.
Most of the wineries are family owned and operated. You’ll find these located in the sub-region of the Bickley Valley. They make up the Bickley Valley Wine and Cider trail.
So what do you have to look forward to when heading to do some wine tasting in the Perth Hills?
Beautiful nature & Insta-worthy opportunities
The Perth Hills region is truly beautiful. It’s full of hills and valleys plus lots of greenery. If you know the right time of year to go, the rolling orchards explode with brilliant autumn colours and spring blossoms.
Despite being only 30-minute drive from Perth City, you literally feel like you’re a world away.
If you love nature and taking Instagram photos of a glass tilted in the air with nothing but vines and orchards in the background, then the Perth Hills is the perfect choice for you.
Out of the ordinary tastes
If your taste buds are after something a little bit special, then you’ll find some gems in the Perth Hills region.
From Methode Traditionelle style cider (aka cider made in the same way Champagne is made) to trying wine grape varieties such as Pignoletto, Mourvedre, Barbera, Brachetto, Nebbiolo and more. Being a continental climate, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian varietals flourish in this region.
There are many treasures for those with an adventurous palate in the Perth Hills. Not to mention some fantastic little winery restaurants taking advantage of all this regional produce!
Unique wine experiences
We’re not going to lie. If you travel with an insider to the Perth Hills, you will be able to uncover some pretty special experiences.
*Cough cough*, if you need the inside goss on some unique wine experiences in the Bickley Valley, we know someone who can help 😉
For instance, as a little sneak preview of what you can be in for: Do you want to learn to make your own sparkling wine in the Perth Hills one-on-one with the winemaker who is known as the Sparkling Queen?
If not, then how would you like to make your own red wine in a private wine blending masterclass? The opportunities are endless if you know the right people.
But not only that, you can also experience things like a private barrel or solera tasting.
Shhhh.. we better not give all the Perth Hills secrets away!
For more information on the region, please visit the Perth Hills regional website.
If you’re still unsure which is the right region for you and your palate, feel free to get in touch today. We are more than happy to point you in the right direction. Or better yet, why not book a private tour and go to both regions?