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Wineries in Swan Valley Region


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Albion On Swan

Rustic-chic meets nature at this picturesque vineyard where you taste Swan Valley wine and have a picnic, coffee or host an event under the stunning Eucalyptus and Jacaranda trees.

  • Open Days/times:Fri 12pm - 5pm and Sat & Sun 10am - 5pm
  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Shiraz,Sauvignon Blanc

Details

  • Vineyards:15 acres
  • Wheelchair Access:Yes
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Functions,Wheelchair Access,Picnic Facilities,Light Food
  • Cellar Door Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays

Description

Best known and loved as a wedding and events venue, this rustic 1920s winery and vineyard is located on the banks of the Swan River. The ethos of Albion on Swan involves simple, back-to-nature quality with minimum environmental impact.  Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Shiraz are made.

Cellar Door

Sit awhile under the cellar door's neighbouring eucalyptus trees and enjoy exceptional wines crafted from vines, nurtured in the organic tilled soils of the Swan Valley. Bring your own picnic or simply stop by for a coffee - open Friday 12pm - 5pm and weekends 10am - 5pm.

 

 

Carilley Estate

Located in the heart of the valley, Carilley is renowned for its stunning grounds and restaurant serving modern Australian cuisine and a variety of wine, boutique beers and ciders.

  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Dessert,Fortified,Sparkling,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Merlot,Shiraz,Viognier,Cabernet Sauvignon,Verdelho

Details

  • Facilities:Functions,Restaurant,Cellar Door,Kids Play Area
  • Cellar Door Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Dinner Open:Friday
  • Cases Produced:1500 cases
  • Established:1985
  • Vineyards:4.2 acres
  • Winemaker:John Griffiths
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Whether you decide to drop in to the cellar door or have lunch in the restaurant or alfresco sails area, everyone enjoys the lush vineyards, ancient gums, enchanting gardens and kid’s play area.

The Cellar door is open for tastings Thursday to Sunday and offers a wide variety of wines produced from the rich loamy soil on-site, including Chardonnay, Shiraz and Merlot. The Chenin and Viognier grapes are grown on the other side of the beautiful Susannah Brook. You can also enjoy estate-grown Olive Oil which is hand-picked, first pressed and organic.

Carilley Estate is managed by the award-winning Spices Group and is a popular venue for weddings and events. Outdoor events hosted in the alfresco area and the gardens, vineyards and olive groves make for an ideal setting for wedding ceremonies and photographs. 

Faber Vineyard

Established in 1997, Faber remains an intimate, family-style winery where you can relax, sit down, enjoy some wine, chat to the wine maker and share a platter or two.

  • Wine Variety:Petit Verdot,Fortified,Dessert,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Grenache,Malbec,Muscat,Rose,Semillon,Shiraz,Sparkling,Sparkling Shiraz,Verdelho
  • Open Days/times:Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Wine Region:Swan District

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Saturday,Sunday,Holidays,Friday
  • Lunch Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Facilities:Functions,Light Food,Cellar Door
  • Cases Produced:2500 cases
  • Vineyards:4.5 hectares
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Established:1997
  • Winemaker:John Griffiths

Description

Faber is Latin for a smith, a craftsman, an artisan who is skilled and ingenious. Owners John Griffiths and Jane Micallef founded the vineyard with a mission to grow regionally distinctive grapes and craft wines that are rich and flavoursome. They are true believers in the tradition of wine making, that wine should be inspired, crafted with a sense of creating something distinctive and authentic,

The wines are crafted with the belief that wine should taste of grapes and rely on purity of fruit flavour and delicious fruit characters to drive their wines, and that weight and fullness should come from ripeness, an extension of flavour, not simply more tannin or more acid. They want their wines to ‘sing of their origins’ and highlight the fruit from which the wine is made, not disguise it, and result in wines that are fresh and appealing with great drinkability.

Priding themselves on being extremely exclusive, the cellar door offers unique sit-down style tasting sessions with share platters and plenty of time to chat.

Themed events are also very popular including Harvest Breakfast, Reserve Release Dinner, Winter Benchmark Tasting, Bring Your Favourite Bottle, Spring Long Table Lunch and Xmas BBQ.
Faber Vineyards also caters for weddings, seminars, cocktail parties and large sit-down dinners.

Faber Vineyard is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am- 4pm. 

Garbin Estate Wines

Established in 1956, this charming family-run winery and cellar door produces boutique reds, whites and rich fortifieds, but their speciality is bottle-fermented “methode traditionelle” sparkling.

  • Wine Variety:Fortified,Sparkling,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Rose,Merlot,Sangiovese,Semillon,Shiraz,Verdelho
  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Open Days/times:7 days 11am-5.30pm

Details

  • Cases Produced:50 - 75 tonnes annually, 4500 cases
  • Winemaker:Pete Garbin
  • Established:1956
  • Facilities:Appointment Only,Functions,Cellar Door
  • Cellar Door Open:Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday
  • Vineyards:10 hectares
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

The family-owned wineries of the Swan Valley often include a fascinating history and personal flavour, and Garbin is no exception. Winemaker Peter Garbin (son of founder Duje Garbin), wife Katrina and sons Joel and Adam have a philosophy of hands-on premium winemaking coupled with personal service.

Their wines include award-winning premium boutique red and white wines as well as rich, traditional fortified styles for which the Swan Valley is well renowned, some of which are only available at the cellar door. Their speciality is bottle-fermented “methode traditionelle” sparkling styles made from chardonnay and, more unusually, semillon, chenin blanc, shiraz and merlot. The fruit is sourced from estate vineyards in Gingin and the Swan Valley and grown with low chemical inputs and no pesticides.

The cellar door is low key, charming and spacious with a lovely outside area for warmer days and open 11am to 5:30pm 7 days a week.

HISTORY

Duje Garbin, founder of Garbin Estate, learnt his winemaking craft in between fishing on a small island in the Adriatic Sea. It was basic stuff, but ideally suited to the family needs. As a migrant to Western Australia in 1937, he saved his money and purchased a property at Millendon in the Swan Valley, then Middle Swan in 1956. The Garbin business was built up on bulk wine, some 2000-3000 gallons a year, delivered around the suburbs or purchased by customers visiting the property. Upon retiring Duje’s son, Peter, took over Garbin Estate Wines (GEW). Over the last 20 years, GEW has undergone a massive transition including a new cellar door and processing area, upgraded major plant and equipment and established a vineyard in Gingin, 90 minutes from Perth CBD.
 

Harris Organic Wines

The only certified organic winery in Perth and fascinating example of sustainable viticulture, producing traditional table, sparkling and dessert wines in the Swan Valley.

  • Wine Variety:Brut,Malbec,Method Traditionale,Muscat a Petits Grains Rosa,Port,Sherry,Sparkling,Sparkling Shiraz,Rose,Sparkling Burgundy,White Burgundy,Dessert,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Muscat,Shiraz,Verdelho
  • Open Days/times:Open 11am-4.30pm Thurs. to Mon. Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment
  • Wine Region:Swan District

Details

  • Cases Produced:500
  • Vineyards:1.8 hectares
  • Size & Year:Micro (1-999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Facilities:Functions,Cellar Door
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays

Description

Harris Organic Wines is an extremely friendly place. Make your way past the cats and free-range chickens to the cellar door of this small boutique winery and you can enjoy a seated tasting of organic wines with winemaker and owner Duncan Harris (a $ 10.00 tasting fee applies, redeemable against any wine purchase).

Sustainability is central to Harris Organic’s philosophy. The wines are made with natural yeasts and the bare minimum of additives and preservatives. The grapes are irrigated only by what they receive from the sky and Duncan never uses any pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilisers.

Minimal artificial energy sources are required. An underground cellar was built to obtain naturally cooler storage temperatures. The wines mature in oak barriques and hogsheads, ultimately sealed in recyclable glass bottles and natural cork, if available.

You can learn how organic wine is made with a guided walking tour through the vineyard, underground cellar and winery, finishing with a taste of some of the very best of  Duncan's certified organic dry white, red and fortified wines. Duncan is also licensed to distil spirits and sells his organic vodka and brandy at the cellar door and online. While you’re here, stock up on organic coffee and organic olive oil. 

Henley Park Winery

In the Swan Valley, about 10km from Midland. An international affair - run by Danes Claus and Lisbet Petersen, who use South African yeasts and Hungarian oak to produce their wines.

  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Sparkling,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Merlot,Muscat,Pinot Noir,Semillon,Shiraz,Tinta Cao,Touriga
  • Open Days/times:Weekends and public holidays 10am-5pm

Details

  • Facilities:Functions,Restaurant,Cellar Door
  • Established:1935
  • Vineyards:4.5 hectares
  • Cellar Door Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Cases Produced:5000
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1901 - 1950

Description

Henley Park Wines was established by the Yujnovich family in 1935, and purchased by Hans Buchart Petersen ù a former Danish politician and vice-consul to WA ù in 1986. Claus, Hans' son, and wife Lisbet have since become principals, moving from Denmark and producing a range of wines ù Chenin Blanc, Semillon, Muscat, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot. About 2000 cases of mainly Shiraz are exported to the Petersen's homeland each year with a Tawny Port, made from Portugese grape varieties, also produced annually. Cafe-style meals are available Friday to Sunday.

Jane Brook Estate Wines

Enjoy wines perfected over 40 years by the Atkinson family from the Swan Valley and Margaret River region, best enjoyed alongside our Mediterranean lunch baskets filled with handmade delicacies.

  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Open Days/times:7 days - 10am - 5pm
  • Wine Variety:Fortified,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Malbec,Rose,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon,Shiraz,Sparkling

Details

  • Facilities:Functions,Picnic Facilities,Restaurant,Cellar Door
  • Winemaker:Mark Baird
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Lunch Open:Wednesday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday
  • Cases Produced:20 000
  • Established:1972
  • Vineyards:18.2
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

The Atkinson family has a passion for creating beautiful high-quality wines and over 40 years have planted, picked, pruned, plunged and perfected their skills to the point of perfection. They are equally passionate about the land that produces the grapes that make the wine and reduce their impact on the environment with energy saving, recycling and sustainability practices.

THE FOOD

The Jane Brook Pantry and Cellar offers a unique dining experience including delicious Mediterranean style shared picnic baskets, which can be enjoyed at the table. Much of the fresh produce is grown on site and includes terrine, pate, house-baked sourdough, cheese and home-made condiments. You can dine on the deck, under the vines or bring a rug and stroll over to the lawn for a picnic. Afterwards, treat yourself to a delicious dessert and freshly-brewed coffee from local roaster BOLT, or even a beer.

THE WINE

Jane Brook offers a wide range of premium varietal wines. The sparking range includes a white, pink and Blanc de Blanc. The whites include a Plain Jane Classic White, the Sauvignon Blanc, the Sauvignon Blanc- Semillion and the Chardonnay. There is only one Rose but a number of red varieties including a classic red, Shiraz, the Back Block Shiraz, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and lastly the Atkinson family reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Fortifieds include Brandy, Liqueur Muscat, Liqueur Topaque, Liqueur Verdelho, and a single white fortified.

SWAN VALLEY VINEYARD

The iconic Back Block Shiraz is made from grapes hand-picked from the 70 year old vines in the home vineyard.

MARGARET RIVER

The cooler more moderate climate of Margaret River produces crisp, zesty and fresh Sauvignon Blanc and delicate, full-flavoured Chardonnay, where were planted over 10 years ago in the Shovelgate Vineyard. Red grapes include Cabernet Sauvignon, a true Margaret River varietal which is firm & generous yet delicate & finely structured, and Malbec, touted by many as the next emerging variety in Australia

Jane Brook is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm and offer a wide range of premium varietal wines.
 

Lamont's Swan Valley

An ambient, welcoming winery founded by one of WA’s premier culinary families, offering flavourful, generous wine styles and a varied, seasonal and delicious menu.

  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Dessert,Fortified,Cabernet Sauvignon,Shiraz,Rose,Chardonnay,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Sparkling Shiraz,Riesling,Pinot Gris,Pinot Noir,Malbec
  • Open Days/times:Thu to Sun 10am to 5pm

Details

  • Facilities:Functions,Cellar Door,Restaurant
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Holidays,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch Open:Saturday,Sunday,Holidays,Thursday,Friday
  • Cases Produced:7000 cases
  • Established:1978
  • Vineyards:2 hectares
  • Winemaker:Digby Leddin

Description

Lamont's began in the Swan Valley in the late 1970s. These days the family also operates a collection of acclaimed restaurants and cafes around WA, in Perth, Cottesloe and Margaret River.
The Lamont family began winemaking when founder Corin Lamont joined with her father Jack Mann to make wines for the family following Jack’s retirement. Jack Mann was an Australian winemaking legend who led the way at Swan Valley’s icon estate, Houghton, for over 50 years.


Wine Tasting
Lamont's has adapted over the years to create a genuine experience for both enjoying and learning about wines. The designated tasting area has a warm winery ambience and a friendly atmosphere making it a great place to spend time in the Valley. The wine list is quite diverse with over 15 wines including sparkling, dry and sweet whites and reds, and an outstanding range of fortifieds. Casual group wine tastings start from $10 per person from groups of 10 to 60 people.


The Food
Lamont's is known widely for their tapas-sized dishes that are designed to share. Tip: The Duck Parfait and Tempura Battered “Shark Bay” Whiting Fillets are classic dishes its loyal diners love! There is also a kid’s menu and tempting dessert selection. The deluxe Wine Tasting and Sit Down Rolling Tapas Lunch offers exceptional value, from just $60 per person. Open Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.


Halliday Rating
5 Black Stars & 2015 ‘Dark Horse Winery’ with 6 wines rated 94 points and above.

Mandoon Estate

Settled on the banks of the Swan in the 1840s, Mandoon is an iconic destination for the region with cellar door, fine dining restaurant, outdoor deli, microbrewery, gallery and kids play area.

  • Wine Variety:Merlot,Sparkling,Rose,Verdelho,Chardonnay,Classic Dry White,Grenache,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon,Shiraz,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Open Days/times:Restaurant: Wed – Sun Lunch, Fri – Sat Dinner, Sat - Sun Breakfast | Brewery: Sun – Thu 7:30am - 8:30pm, Fri - Sat 7:30am - 9:30pm

Details

  • Winemaker:Ryan Sudano (Senior Winemaker)
  • Facilities:Accommodation,Functions,Kids Play Area,Cellar Door,Gallery,Restaurant
  • Size & Year:Established 2001 - 2010,Small (5,000-49,999 cases)
  • Cases Produced:10000 cases
  • Breakfast Open:Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch Open:Sunday,Holidays,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday
  • Dinner Open:Friday,Saturday
  • Cellar Door Open:Holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Established:2008

Description

Settled by John Septimus Roe soon after the establishment of the Swan River Colony, Mandoon Estate has significant heritage. In the language of the local aboriginals, it means “place of many trees.”

The picturesque ground is complete with a kid’s play area and gallery located in the property’s original homestead, cellar door, microbrewery and varied eating facilities, making it a popular destination for locals and tourists looking to unwind.

In the words of Sir James Stirling: “The richness of the soil, the bright foliage of the shrubs, the majesty of the surrounding trees, the abrupt and red coloured banks of the River occasionally seen, and the view of the blue summits of the mountains from which we were not far distant, made the scenery around this spot as beautiful as anything or kind I had ever witnessed.”

Mandoon Estate is located just 30 minutes from Perth CBD and accessible by both road and river, or just a scenic helicopter flight away! Or for the ultimate weekend away, stay in one of 32 beautifully appointed rooms at the Colony.

THE WINES

A block of Verdelho was first planted in 1895 and still produces grapes today, make it one of the oldest commercially used vineyards in Western Australia.

The winery has only been producing wine since 2010, all of which can be enjoyed at the award-winning cellar door. The focus is on creating a boutique range of premium wines from well-preserved low-yielding vineyards in the Swan Valley and other regions. Varieties include Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Verdelho, Riesling, Chardonnay, Grenache, Cabernet, Cabernet Merlot and Shiraz.

THE FOOD

Executive chef Michael Hartnell oversees the fine dining restaurant offering a modern Australian menu. For a more casual experience there’s an outdoor deli and bar offering pizza, roast meat on the spit and gourmet sausages, all located next to the children’s playground and gallery.

THE ‘HOMESTEAD’ MICROBREWERY

The ‘Homestead’ microbrewery remains the only brewery of its kind in Australia, using German manufactured Schulz brewing equipment to produce unique craft ales and cider.

TOURS & FUNCTIONS

Stunning grounds, a purpose-built function centre and private wine tasting cellar makes it possible to cater for all needs: a casual meal, intimate dinner, private tastings, wedding or gala ball. A range of experiences can be organised in advance, including corporate team building, bush tucker tasting packages, private tours, river cruises and scenic chopper flights. Extend your stay at the new 32 room luxe accommodation – The Colony.

ACCOMMODATION: THE COLONY

Enjoy one of 32 beautifully appointed rooms, overlooking the historic Verdelho vines and the banks of the Swan. This the perfect base from which to explore the valley, be it a lazy day on the Estate, a leisurely lunch, gourmet ramble and gallery hopping around the Valley, or bush walking and mountain biking in the nearby national parks.

Wild Swan Restaurant: Wed – Sun Lunch, Fri – Sat Dinner
Homestead Brewery: Sun – Thu 7:30am - 8:30pm Fri - Sat 7:30am - 9:30pm
The Lawn: Sat – Sun 11am - 5pm

Nikola Estate

Located on the stunning banks of the Swan River, Nikola Estate formerly 'Houghtons' is one of Australia’s oldest, most iconic estates, with vineyard plantings dating back to 1930.

  • Wine Variety:Shiraz,Sparkling,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon,Vermentino,Chardonnay
  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Open Days/times:5 days 11am-4pm

Details

  • Lunch Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Wednesday
  • Facilities:Functions,Restaurant,Wheelchair Access,Cellar Door
  • Brands:Nikola
  • Cases Produced:4000
  • Size & Year:Established 1901 - 1950
  • Established:1929
  • Cellar Door Open:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Nikola Estate is the new name of the former 'Houghton' winery site, which when purchased by the Yukich family ,help them to realise a long-held dream of returning the grounds and winery of Swan Location 11 to WA hands.

With the christening of the historic winery and grounds in tribute to their grandfather, Nikola, the Yukich family continues it's passion and dedication for elegant premium wines and delicious foods.

The Wines

Crafted by Australia's second oldest winery, our wines have a heritage of passion and exceptional quality. We endeavour to highlight the best of each variety  where the final wine is superior to it's component parts.

The fruit is sourced locally and from every major premium wine region in Western Australia and reflects the places in which they were grown.This is our objective as the Nikola wine portfolio expands.

Wine Tastings

The light and airy cellar door is surrounded by lush gardens,stately pines and blooming Jacaranda Trees when in season. We offer wine tastings Wednesday to Sunday  from 11am-4pm. Wine is available for purchase, take-home or delivery Australia wide and internationally.

In addition we have 2 extra large function spaces for tour groups, however advance bookings are required.

Unique Highlights

An onsite museum showcases historical winemaking items . You can also see the place where a legendary local bushranger, ‘Moondyne Joe’ was captured in 1869. An extra special time to visit is between November to January for a photo with the property’s magnificent Jacaranda trees, which blossom with beautiful purple flowers over this time.

 

 

Oakover Grounds

A day at Oakover is a delightful way to spend some time with the family in a relaxed environment with picturesque views over the grounds.

  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Classic Dry White,Merlot,Verdelho,Viognier,Cabernet,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Malbec,Muscat,Petit Verdot,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Rose,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Tempranillo,Vermentino,Fortified
  • Open Days/times:Restaurant: Wed – Sun, Breakfast from 8am & Lunch from 11:30am | Cellar Door: Wed – Sun 11:00am - 3:30pm

Details

  • Facilities:Functions,Cellar Door,Light Food,Kids Play Area
  • Established:1929
  • Lunch Open:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Cellar Door Open:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Breakfast Open:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays

Description

Choose to dine in their eclectic industrial style restaurant or on the patio while you partake in an afternoon of coffee, wine and a bite to eat. Plus, their kitchen serves the best local produce designed with you in mind. Children aren't forgotten with a range of kids meals that will satisfy even the smallest of mouths.

There is plenty of entertainment for the kids - with the chance to cruise the lake with our free paddle boats, play the Giant Connect Four, engage in a round of totem tennis, or take on the other kids with a game of backyard cricket. If more of a challenge is needed, ask one of our staff for our Nature Hunt activity - it's great after lunch fun or just let them run in the wide open spaces.

Sandalford Wines - Swan Valley

One of Australia’s oldest and largest family-owned wineries, Sandalford is an immaculate property and local icon, boasting a grand cellar door, highly-acclaimed restaurant and famous wine cruise.

  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Rose,Chardonnay,Classic Dry White,Merlot,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Shiraz,Shiraz Cabernet,Verdelho,Sauvignon Blanc,Syrah,Viognier,Dessert,Fortified,Sparkling,Botrytis Semillon,Merlot Blend
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: 10am to 5pm daily. Restaurant: 12pm to 2:45pm daily.

Details

  • Facilities:Functions,Cellar Door,Restaurant,Dogs Welcome
  • Established:1840
  • Lunch Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday
  • Vineyards:4000 acres
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Cases Produced:60000 cases
  • Size & Year:Medium (50,000-499,999 cases),Established 1800 - 1850

Description

Sandalford has been making superb West Australian wines for over 175 years. The primary property is the grand Swan Valley estate and offers an array of tours, courses and food & wine experiences. There is also the cellar in Margaret River, surrounded by beautiful, country gardens, vines and native forest.

A Notable History
Sandalford was established in 1840 in the early days of the Perth colony’s settlement. The property was granted to WA’s first Surveyor General John Septimus Roe by Queen Victoria, to honour his 57 years of Service to the Commonwealth. He named it Sandalford after a priory in his original home of Birkshire, England.

The property had a diverse agricultural history and originally thrived growing table grapes, which became a lucrative export. Winemaking accelerated after World War II with a growing community of Croatian and Italian migrants bringing their extensive knowledge and wine-making techniques to the young Swan Valley wine industry. In 1970 the Roe family expanded to Margaret River, planting a vineyard on prime land in Wilyabrup.

In 1990, Sandalford was acquired by the Prendiville family, who own a portfolio of iconic tourism and hospitality establishments around WA. The Prendiville’s have invested significantly in the brand, the wines and the impressive estate.

The Wines
Sandalford makes five ranges of wines from its vineyards in the Swan Valley and Margaret River. There are over 25 wines, including sparkling, red, white, dessert and fortified wines. The winery incorporates the state-of-the-art-technology, while retaining winemaking traditions, such as small batch fruit processing and using the best quality French and American oak.

Wine Tasting
The entire Sandalford wine range (and often other special wines) can be tasted at their Swan Valley and Margaret River estates. The grand Swan Valley cellar door is one of the largest in Western Australia and is open daily from 10am to 5pm.

Tour / Cruise
Have you ever travelled to Sandalford Estate, Swan Valley by river boat? Perth’s Famous Wine Cruise with Captain Cook Cruises is the ultimate way to reach our vineyard.  Cruise into the picturesque upper reaches of the Swan Valley as you sample fine wines from the Swan Valley before disembarking at Sandalford Estate’s private jetty for an exclusive behind the scenes tour, video presentation and Flight of Wines wine tasting. A gourmet 2 course lunch is presented onsite before a dessert buffet and afternoon tea is served back on board the vessel. Live entertainment follows as you enjoy complimentary wine on the return cruise.

The Restaurant
The multi-award-winning Restaurant has a rustic ambience of limestone, wood and a grand open fireplace, and alfresco encased by 125-year-old vines and vast vineyard views. The a la carte menu showcases fresh regional produce sourced from around WA, including Abrohlos Island Scallops, Rottnest Island Tuna, Cone Bay Barramundi, Linley Valley Lamb and Blackwood Valley Beef. Look out for a special selection of rare museum wines that can be enjoyed with meals. Open daily for lunch from midday.

Unique Highlights
Sandalford’s Winemaker Apprenticeship takes place on Saturdays and is another once-in-a-lifetime experience. A winery tour teaches the theory to prepare for the practical exam of wine blending. It’s the chance to get creative and make your own original WA wine. The process is endlessly entertaining and informative too. Sandalford experts judge all of the blends, then the whole tour group get to share them over lunch.

Halliday Rating
5 Red Stars

Sittella Winery & Restaurant

Voted best Swan Valley Cellar Door in 2018, enjoy the stunning restaurant, cellar door and award-winning wines with grapes sourced from Margaret River, Franklyn River and Swan District.

  • Wine Variety:Rose,Grenache Shiraz,Petit Verdot,Sparkling Rose,Sparkling Shiraz,Grenache,Malbec,Fortified,Sparkling,Cabernet Sauvignon,Cabernet Malbec,Muscat,Pinot Gris,Pinot Noir,Sauvignon Blanc,Tempranillo,Verdelho,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Port,Shiraz,Dessert
  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Open Days/times:Cellar Door: Tue - Sun 10am to 4pm, Restaurant: Tue – Sun 9.30am to 4pm

Details

  • Cases Produced:8000 cases
  • Vineyards:10 hectares
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Sunday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday
  • Lunch Open:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Facilities:Functions,Restaurant,Cellar Door

Description

Nestled among the vines on a gently winding road near the upper reaches of the Swan River lies one of the jewels of the historic Swan Valley.

Founded by Simon and Maaike Berns in 1998 and named after a small Australian bird which abounds in the nearby tree-lined Swan River, Sittella Winery is one of the newest wineries in the Swan Valley.

Sittella’s Swan Valley vineyard thrives on the fertile soils and Mediterranean climate of hot dry summers and mild wet winters, producing a range of rich, full flavoured wines. Simon and Maaike Berns have been successful in producing high quality traditional wine styles using Verdelho, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Tempanillo and Petit Verdot, and now source grapes from other vineyards in the Swan Valley, their own Margaret River property and and Franklyn River in the Great Southern.  Over the past five years, production has increased dramatically with a crush of over 100 tonnes.

Maaike is responsible for the imaginative architecture of the restaurant, incorporating the essence of modern Italy into this wonderful earth-rendered winery.

The winery and Restaurant is open from 11:00am to 4:00pm Tuesdays – Sundays and public holidays.

SWAN VALLEY

The Sittella Vineyard is located on a stretch of fertile land 20 km north-east of Perth. In this upper river district, with the Darling Ranges to the east and the Indian Ocean to the west, the warm Mediterranean style climate provides steady winter rainfall and hot, dry summers which produce grapes of wonderful flavour, richness, balance and style. The water supply is a trickle system using bore water. Verdelho, Chardonnay, Shiraz, vines grow over a 5 hectare allotment on rich alluvial sandy loam soils (3 hectares under vine). Recent plantings also include Tempranillo, and Petit Verdot.

MARGARET RIVER ESTATE

Located at Willyabrup, 260 kms south west of Perth. The region’s temperate southern climate has been likened to Bordeaux with its generous winter rainfall, freedom from spring frosts and subdued summer temperatures – the ideal growing conditions for international wine styles. With 2.5 hectares of undulating land and soils are amongst the best in the area. Comprised of red brown loam with some gravel that ensures good natural drainage. Varieties include Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc and more recently Malbec to develop a classic red Blend.

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