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Chenin Blanc Wine Variety Wineries in Swan Valley

Wineries in Swan Valley Region


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Bella Ridge Estate

A niche, family-owned winery handmaking original and interesting wines from their 1960s vines in the Swan Valley to great acclaim, following a chance encounter with James Halliday. No cellar door.

  • Open Days/times:No Cellar Door
  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Shiraz,Chenin Blanc,Grenache,Rosé,Semillon,Shiraz,Tempranillo,Viognier,Mourvedre

Details

  • Cases Produced:3500 cases
  • Established:2003
  • Vineyards:8 hectares
  • Winemaker:Alon Arbel
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 2001 - 2010

Description

Alon and Jodi Arbel purchased the property in 2003, building their winemaking facility in just three short months. Following a chance encounter, when James Halliday tasted their unnamed and unlabelled Shiraz, Bella Ridge Estate was born. (The winery needed a name to be printed for a national review in Halliday’s column in The Weekend Australian!)

The vines, planted in the 1960s, are almost entirely non-irrigated and crop levels are kept very low. Coupled with the vineyard's aspect on the foot hills of the Darling Range and the excellent gravelly loam soil, the result is grapes of excellent quality with highly concentrated fruit flavours.

The Wines

Focusing on warm climate varieties that are well suited to the region, the mostly hand-picked range includes Italian, Spanish and classic French styles made with a ‘non-commercial’ approach, where characterful wines are encouraged. Winemaking and bottling are completed within the estate. All wines can be purchased online.

 

Black Swan Winery & Restaurant

Enjoy one of the Perth’s best restaurants and premium food and wine experiences in the valley, a stunning rural setting and floor to ceiling panoramic views of the Darling Ranges.

  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Open Days/times:Restaurant: Open 7 days per week for lunch - 11.30 - til close. Evenings - Friday & Saturday Diners - 5pm - til close.
  • Wine Variety:Fortified,Dessert,Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Classic Dry White,Merlot,Muscat,Rosé,Shiraz,Sparkling

Details

  • Winemaker:Rob Marshall
  • Established:Purchased in 1998
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000,Micro (1-999 cases)
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Lunch Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Dinner Open:Friday,Saturday
  • Cases Produced:3000 cases
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Restaurant

Description

Black Swan Winery and Restaurant sits on a property formerly known as “Gidney’s Corner”.

Husband and wife team, Barry Scrivener and Robyn Meloury purchased Black Swan in 1998 and converted the property to a “restaurant within a winery”. The venue is purposely built for guests to capture fantastic views of vineyards, the Darling Ranges and adjacent rural surroundings. The design and building materials reflect a style and blend of rustic Australian ambience.

The vines were mostly planted in 1941, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz, Merlot, Chenin & Chardonnay and later, Shiraz. The first vintage in 2001 reaped gold medals for the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Cabernet Franc at the 2002 Swan Valley Wine Show.

The panoramic views of the Darling Ranges are matched only by the fresh, seasonal produce on the menu, offering freshly-baked bread served with truffle oil to a drool-worthy red wine-braised beef cheek and seasonal delights. Chef’s gardens are established throughout of the property, providing much of the kitchen’s needs for organic herbs. 

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

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. 

Corymbia

Corymbia. The nature of wine.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chenin Blanc,Malbec,Tempranillo
  • Open Days/times:Appointment only
  • Wine Region:Swan District

Details

  • Facilities:Appointment Only
  • Size & Year:Micro (1-999 cases),Established 2011 - 2019
  • Brands:Corymbia
  • Winemaker:Rob and Genevieve Mann
  • Cases Produced:900
  • Established:2013
  • Vineyards:3 hectares

Description

Corymbia is the deep-rooted, far-sighted vision of husband-and wife-team, Rob and Genevieve Mann. The Mann name is synonymous with Western Australia’s Swan Valley, where Rob’s pioneering grandfather Jack worked a remarkable 51 consecutive vintages for Houghton. Rob was just a boy when he joined his father - former Australian test cricketer Tony - in planting the vines on what is now the dry-grown, organically farmed Corymbia vineyard. 
After building an exceptional reputation in their own right, the couple kicked off their homecoming dream, Corymbia, with the 2013 vintage, during Rob’s tenure as estate director at Newton Vineyard in Napa Valley. Now firmly ensconced back in the Swan Valley, Rob and Gen’s Chenin Blanc and Tempranillo-dominant red blend sit at the heart of a bright future for this brilliant duo.

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.

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

Details

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

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. 

Fig Tree Estate Winery

Taste traditionally-made, small-batch wines with the winemaker, paired with a delicious gourmet platter featuring figs from the property’s 100-year-old tree, alongside seasonal local produce.

  • Open Days/times:Thursday & Friday 11:30am - 4pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am - 4:30pm
  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Shiraz,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Merlot,Verdelho

Details

  • Established:2010
  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Established 2001 - 2010
  • Cellar Door Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch Open:Saturday,Sunday

Description

Proudly family owned and operated by the Jenkins family, the winery commenced with plantings of Verdelho, Shiraz and Grenache varieties in 2010. The estate grows and sources fruit locally, specialising in small lot, traditionally made wines that are handcrafted and full of unique character.

The Wines

Varieties include Sparkling Chenin Blanc, Verdelho, Chardonnay, Shiraz Grenache, Cabernet Shiraz, Merlot and Shiraz Liqueur. Swan Valley Apple Ciders are also produced.

Cellar Door

Enjoy a platter and a generous wine tasting at this small and intimate venue whilst having a chat with the estate's friendly winemaker at this cellar door, which opened in 2014. When the 100 year old fig tree is fruiting (February and March), tasting plates have a unique fig theme and flavour that is not to be missed! Open Thursday and Friday 11:30am - 4pm and weekends 11am - 4:30pm.

The Food

Fig Tree Estate Winery serves light lunches, woodfired pizzas and platters on weekends, featuring fresh cheeses, fruits and local produce from the area. Open Saturday and Sunday 11am - 4:30pm.

 

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

Details

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

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 Wine and Spirits

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

  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Dessert,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Muscat,Shiraz,Verdelho,Brut,Malbec,Method Traditionale,Tawny,Apera,Sparkling,Sparkling Shiraz,Rosé
  • Open Days/times:Open 11am-4.30pm Thurs. to Mon. Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment

Details

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

Description

Harris Organic Wines is an extremely friendly place. Make your way past the cat 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 $15.00 tasting fee applies, redeemable against any wine purchases).

Sustainability is central to Harris Organic’s philosophy. The award winning certified organic 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. Returned Harris Organic bottles receive a $1 refund per bottle.

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's at the cellar door and online. 

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.

Highway Wines

The last of the old-style Swan Valley wineries, crushing 100+ tonnes of fruit, producing 20 different styles of fortified wines sold by the bottle, in flagons and fill-your-own 2-litre containers.

  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Fortified,Dessert,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Grenache,Muscat,Tawny,Rosé,Sauvignon Blanc,Apera,Shiraz,Topaque
  • Open Days/times:Appointment Only

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Appointment Only
  • Cases Produced:100 tonnes
  • Vineyards:10.5 hectares
  • Winemaker:Tony Bakranich
  • Size & Year:Micro (1-999 cases),Established 1901 - 1950

Description

Established in 1954 by migrant Tony Bakranich, a self-taught winemaker, ownership has since passed to Velko and Helen Bakranich, the next generation of the family. Thankfully, nothing much has changed over the years.

James Halliday notes Highway Wines as “A survivor of another era, when literally dozens of such wineries plied their business in the Swan Valley”. Over 10.5 hectares of land producing over 100 tonnes of fruit each year. Vintage Port is the most popular but they produce about 20 types including ports, muscat, tokay and sherries. Some of the wine is sold in bottles but the majority is sold in two-litre flagons and those who want to bring their own containers. Vintage port is the most popular drop in Highway's fortified range and all the grapes come from the 10.5 hectare vineyard, which produces more than 100 tonnes of fruit each year.

Sales are made through the cellar door; open by appointment only.

Jarrah Ridge Wines

Taste multi award-winning wines, marinated olives and locally made cheeses, or stroll through some of the valley’s oldest vines. Winner of the "Best Small Producer" in the valley for 2017.

  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Classic Dry White,Merlot,Rosé,Shiraz,Viognier,Riesling,Tempranillo,Zinfandel
  • Open Days/times:Weekends 10am-5pm

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Cellar Door Open:Saturday,Sunday
  • Cases Produced:10 000
  • Vineyards:20.5 hectares
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Jarrah Ridge was established in 1996 and the cellar door built in 2006. It is extremely relaxing, giving you the chance to enjoy some of the culinary delights of the valley, along with the full range of current release wines and some older vintages.

Owners Mark Morton and Jimmy Wong carefully source their grapes from around the state, creating world-class full-bodied reds, rich zinfandel, exotic "ice wine" and liqueur, amazing sparkling and intensely perfumed whites full of regional and varietal characters.

Jarrah Ridge recently won the "Best Small Winery" Trophy and the "Best 2016 Shiraz" Class 13, Gold Medal which enabled the pair to clinch the big "Alan Dineen Memorial" trophy at the Swan Valley Wine Show 2017.

John Kosovich Wines

Just up Great Northern Highway from Twin Hill Wines, about 11km from Midland. Winner of many awards including a 1995 gold medal, won in Croatia for a Swan Valley Chardonnay.

  • Wine Variety:Fortified,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Shiraz,Verdelho,Dessert,Rosé,Malbec,Petit Verdot
  • Open Days/times:Wednesday to Monday 10.30am to 4.30pm, closed Tuesday
  • Wine Region:Swan District

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Monday
  • Cases Produced:3000
  • Vineyards:10.9 hectares
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1901 - 1950
  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Established:1922

Description

Established in 1922 by Ivan Kosovich, John Kosovich Wines is one of the oldest wineries in Western Australia.  At age 15, Ivan's son John took on the role as winemaker and expanded the varieties available. In 1998 Anthony (Arch) became the third generation senior winemaker working alongside his father. The tasting area is located in a unique below ground cellar which was hand dug in 1922. The winery continues to be a family run, boutique winery which prides itself on quality estate grown wines.

Lancaster Wines

Visit Lancaster's famous outdoor tasting shed for tastings of Swan Valley reds, whites and a standout sticky Shiraz, alongside generous cheese platters in a casual and relaxed environment.

  • Open Days/times:10am - 5pm daily.
  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Merlot,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Muscat,Rosé,Verdelho,Viognier,Shiraz

Details

  • Winemaker:Ryan Sudano
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Light Food
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Established:1960

Description

Located on the banks of the Swan River only 20 minutes from Perth, Lancaster Wines boasts some of the oldest vines in the Swan Valley and is owned and operated by Carl and Jackie Lancaster. The wines made include Chenin Blanc, Verdelho, Chardonnay, Rose, Cabernet Merlot, Liqueur Muscat, an acclaimed Old Vines Shiraz and a dessert wine - Late Picked Chenin.

The Lancaster Wines experience is centred around their tasting shed, a rustic bar offering complimentary wine tastings  and local cheese platters can be enjoyed in a casual, friendly and relaxed atmosphere, daily from 10am - 5pm.

Group tastings can be booked in advance which include delicious vineyard platters, served amidst the property’s precious old shiraz vines.

 

Little Black Dog Wines

Keeping a 100+ year family tradition of winemaking with origins in Macedonia, Little Black Dog Wines makes a quaint range of small-batch, single vineyard wines in the Swan Valley.

  • Open Days/times:No Cellar Door
  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Malbec,Merlot,Rosé,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Semillon Chardonnay,Shiraz

Details

  • Brands:Little Black Dog
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door

Description

When Naum Trandos first planted his vineyard in the rich soils of Pozdivishte, Macedonia, his best friend, his Little Black Dog, was by his side. Together they planted, harvested, bottled and delivered wine across the town.

Today, passed down through the Trandos family, the Little Black Dog vineyard is situated in the beautiful Swan Valley region. All wine is made with handpicked grapes, rich with distinct, fruit-driven flavours, picked from estate-grown vines that are over 30 years old. Being a boutique winery, the family hand-select only the best grapes from their vineyard to make the Little Black Dog wines, selling the balance. All production, from grape to bottle, takes place at the winery.

The Wines

Fourteen different grape varieties are grown in the vineyard, and the wines made include Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Chardonnay Semillon, Sparkling Chenin Blanc, Shiraz, Rose, Merlot, Liqueur Shiraz, Semillon Sauvignon Blanc and Liqueur Chardonnay Verdelho.

 

Little River Winery

Bruno de Taste’s blends centuries of Bordeaux tradition and stunning wine with delicious French food and a warm unpretentious atmosphere for lunch the café or alfresco overlooking the vineyard.

  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Brut,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Classic Dry White,Shiraz,Viognier,Dessert,Fortified,Malbec,Tawny
  • Open Days/times:7 days 10am-5pm

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Restaurant
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Lunch Open:Monday,Tuesday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Cases Produced:N/A
  • Vineyards:N/A
  • Size & Year:Established 1800 - 1850

Description

Centuries of French tradition has been combined with WA’s rich soil to create a little piece of France right in the heart of the Swan Valley.  

Little River Winery prides itself on quality over quantity, producing wines with flavour and finesse using traditional French winemaking methods, no pesticides and minimum preservatives. The yield is lower due to the vineyard being non-irrigated, producing a higher concentration of flavour in smaller batches.

Alongside Little River Winery is the Little River Café, in which guests can accompany fine French wine with authentic French-inspired mouth-watering meals. Neira and Lucy have constructed a menu packed full of both light nibbles and hearty dishes for a delicious, unforgettable lunch. Relax in the charming, cosy café or overlook the luscious vineyard in the small but sweet courtyard. 

The unique and rustic winery also offers a beautiful, intimate setting for private, evening functions. Be wined and dined alongside the vineyard while taking in the ambience of the scenic Swan Valley.

Lunches are available every day except Wednesday and Thursday, from 12.00 pm - 4.00 pm weekdays and 12.00 pm - 5.00 pm weekends. Evening functions can also be booked.

THE BORDEAUX WAY

Grapes are carefully hand harvested and crushed immediately, then pressed in a traditional basket press. The juice is settled for debourdage at 2°C. for at least forty eight hours. Fermentation takes place at a constant 15° C with a secret selection of yeast strain added for each wine. No sulphur dioxide is used until after the fermentation is completed.

Chardonnay, Viognier and Marsanne are never wooded, but are kept on the fine lees, after a first racking, for several months. Noble Classic undergo a subtle wood aging for a short period.White Wines are usually bottled after eight months.

Vatting of the reds varies from year to year but is never less than two weeks and can be for up to a month. After vatting a light pressing is done after which the wine settles and undergoes malolactic fermentation in closed stainless steel tanks at between 15° and 18°C.

After a month or so the wines are transferred into French oak barrique for between fifteen and twenty four months.

 

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

Details

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

Olive Farm Wines

The heritage of WA’s oldest winery, four-generations of family ownership and the ‘dream’ cellar door including a decadent cheese emporium, makes for one unmissable Swan Valley experience.

  • Wine Variety:Sparkling,Fortified,Rosé,Dessert,Shiraz,Shiraz Cabernet,Sparkling Rose,Sparkling Shiraz,Tempranillo,Verdelho,Viognier,Chenin Verdelho,Classic Dry White,Gewurztraminer,Grenache,Grenache Shiraz,Malbec,Merlot,Method Traditionale,Muscat,Petit Verdot,Pinot Gris,Tawny,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Semillon,Brut,Cabernet,Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Sauvignon,Cabernet Shiraz,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc
  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Open Days/times:Cellar Door: Mon to Sun 10am to 5pm, restaurant: Mon - Tue 10am to 5pm, Wed - Sun 10am to 5pm

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Vineyards:24 acre
  • Winemaker:Anthony Yurisich
  • Size & Year:Established 1800 - 1850
  • Lunch Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Established:1829
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Restaurant

Description

The Olive Farm property dates back to 1829 and was established by an English botanist named Thomas Waters who brought grapevine cuttings and olive trees with him when he settled in Perth. He planted the olive trees first, hence the name, but wine was soon produced, with the first vintage in 1834. (Much of which became currency for bartering with the local shopkeepers!)

In 1933, Ivan Yurisich purchased the property. He had immigrated from Yugoslavia at the turn of the century and after working in the Goldfields and outback of WA, decided to try his hand at winemaking. The property has remained in the family for four generations.

The Wines
Historically, The Olive Farm made fortified wines which were sold by the cask to the Goldfields in Western Australia. The winery become one of the first in WA to produce Traditional Method Sparkling wines back in the 1960s. These remain a core of range which is now named ‘Olivine’.

Still table wines were introduced in the 1970s and achieved great success in the local wine shows. The current range is diverse, with over 35 sweet to dry white, red, sparkling and fortified wines. There are all the Swan Valley classics, along with some other surprise varieties like Tempranillo, Traminer, Durif and Cabernet Franc.

Wine Tasting
The Yurisich family built their ‘dream’ winery and cellar door in 2007. It is set on a 24-acre property in the heart of the Swan Valley and has received significant awards for its architecture and interior design. Visitors are welcome to sample from the full range of wines, with tastings available 10am – 5pm daily. A walking tour of the vineyard and winery can be booked in advance, it begins at 10.30am.

Unique Highlights: The Cheese
Taste and graze from a selection of over 75+ different international and local benchmark cheeses at the family’s Cheese Barrel Café. Just metres from the cellar door, this architecturally-designed gem of a property is a place of wine and cheese-lovers’ dreams. The all-day menu is both flexible and generous, with cheeseboards starting from $35-$40. Free cheese tastings are available too. They are best experienced between 10am and 1pm before it gets too busy. Families, children and even dogs are welcome.

The Cheese Barrel Café is open 10am – 5pm Monday and Tuesday, and 10am-5pm Wednesday to Sunday.

Pandemonium Estate

Visit this family-owned, small-batch producer of premium table and fortified wines with a Spanish twist, located in the heart of the Swan Valley wine region.

  • Open Days/times:11am - 5pm - Sat, Sun & Public Holidays
  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Fortified,Chenin Blanc,Muscat,Rosé,Shiraz,Tempranillo

Details

  • Established:2007
  • Vineyards:11 acres
  • Winemaker:Damian Hutton, Anthony Yurisich
  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Established 2001 - 2010
  • Cellar Door Open:Saturday,Sunday,Holidays

Description

Established in 2008 by Martin Buck and Loraine Donlevy, Pandemonium Estate is a small wine producer located in the heart of the Swan Valley wine region. Spanish varieties Pedro Ximenez and Grenache are the great passion of the winery, while well-known Swan Valley varieties Chenin Blanc, Moscato and Shiraz are also made. The eleven-hectare vineyard is sustainably managed with minimal chemical input; utilising tough lateritic soils and warm summer breezes to produce fully-formed fruit flavours.

Cellar Door

The Pandemonium cellar door is designed around some of the oldest vines on the property and offers tastings of the full wine range as well as wine by the glass or bottle which can be enjoyed alongside views of the Darling Ranges. Vineyard platters, cheese and tapas are also available. The cellar door is open weekends and public holidays 11am - 5pm.

 

Pinelli Estate Wines

Established in 1980 by Italian migrants Domenic and Iolanda Pinelli, enjoy superb wines and Italian cuisine in the rustic, rammed earth restaurant or gorgeous alfresco area, overlooking the vines.

  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Fortified,Grenache,Durif,Dessert,Cabernet Merlot,Muscat,Sauvignon Blanc,Sparkling,Rosé,Shiraz,Verdelho,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chenin Blanc,Merlot,Method Traditionale
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: Everyday 10am - 5pm | Restaurant: Thur – Sun Lunch, Thur - Sat Dinner

Details

  • Dinner Open:Thursday,Saturday,Friday
  • Winemaker:Domenic Pinelli
  • Cases Produced:17000 cases
  • Lunch Open:Sunday,Holidays,Thursday,Friday,Saturday
  • Vineyards:7 acres
  • Breakfast Open:Sunday
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Restaurant
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Established:1960

Description

Open 7 days per week, this award-winning, second-generation boutique family winery produces sparkling, flavoursome whites, rich reds, delicate dessert and fortified wines that have been handcrafted to perfection over the last 35 years.

Enjoy a relaxed tasting at the cellar door or the restaurant, nestled amongst the grapevines of the Estate, offering a delicious modern-Italian menu of platters, pasta and dishes off the grill for lunch and dinner. All meals are complemented with premium, handcrafted Pinelli Estate wines or other local and imported wines, beers or spirits.?

HISTORY

Pinelli Wines was established in the Swan Valley in 1980 by Domenic and Iolanda Pinelli. Having emigrated to Australia from the Molise region of Italy in the mid 1950's, they shared a vision to create a family winery incorporating their Italian heritage, which recognised that good wine needed to be a part of every dining experience.
Domenic gained invaluable experience working for over twenty years with the iconic Western Australian producer of the 1960s, Waldeck Wines, and purchased what he referred to as "the pick of the vineyards of the area" - a 7 acre block in Caversham, Western Australia.

Domenic and Iolanda shared the knowledge and joy of winemaking with their sons Robert and Daniel, ensuring that the winery would continue to grow with future generations. A simple philosophy of ensuring exceptional quality from the vineyard to the glass has meant that from humble beginnings some three decades ago, Pinelli's has now grown to become a second-generation family winery producing around 150,000 litres of wine each year.

RiverBank Estate Winery

Situated on the banks of the Swan, delight in the stunning natural setting and manicured lawns, multi award-winning wines and superb a la carte restaurant, winner of several gold-plate awards.

  • Open Days/times:10am - 4pm daily
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Grenache,Malbec,Petit Verdot,Pinot Noir,Sangiovese,Semillon,Shiraz,Tempranillo,Verdelho,Vermentino,Zinfandel

Details

  • Established:1992
  • Vineyards:27 acres
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Breakfast Open:Sunday
  • Lunch Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

First planted on the fertile banks of the Swan River in 1988, the vineyard of this stunning property has grown to encompass nearly thirty acres of mature, low yielding vines, producing exceptional fruit that is lovingly handcrafted into premium, regional, varietal wines, vinified and bottled on-site.

CELLAR DOOR

The Cellar Door, open 10am - 4pm daily, should be your first stop, offering a large range of reds, whites and rosé wines for tasting. In total, 17 varieties of grapes are grown at Riverbank Estate, including 5 white varieties; Verdelho, Chenin Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay and Vermentino; and 12 red varities including; Tempranillo, Malbec, Grenache, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Nero D’Avola and Mataro.

RESTAURANT

Take the time to enjoy a superb lunch at the restaurant, winner of several gold plate awards. Architecturally designed and rustic in style with wide verandahs and large expanses of manicured lawns provide plenty of space to slow down and unwind while taking in the beautiful vineyard and stunning surrounds. The menu changes regularly to incorporate the best seasonal foods and where possible, local, organically grown produce.

WEDDINGS / EVENTS

Riverbank holds a range of public events, all listed on their website.

The estate is also popular for weddings and events, with a dedicated coordinator able to arrange stunning events at the restaurant, on the lawns or even a marquee for hire, all of which enjoy 180 degree, panoramic views towards the Swan River and the historical landmark of Woodbridge House.

Tastings are available daily between 10am and 4pm. 
Our Restaurant is open between 11:30am and 3pm, and is also open on Sundays for breakfast from 7:30am to 10:30am. 

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

Details

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

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.

Swan Valley Wines

Nestled in the foothills of the Darling Scarp this boutique winery is one of the oldest producing vineyards in WA, a leader in organic viticulture and maker of unique, region-specific wine styles.

  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Sparkling,Chenin Blanc,Grenache,Semillon,Shiraz,Grenache Shiraz,Rosé,Sangiovese,Tempranillo,Mourvedre
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: Fri to Sun 10am to 5pm

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Winemaker:Paul Hoffman
  • Cellar Door Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Cases Produced:1500 cases
  • Vineyards:6 hectares
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Herbalist and botanist team, Bree and Paul Hoffman have a love for nature and strive to maintain biocultural diversity at their boutique winery, while still producing a variety of one-of-a-kind wines.

Their mission to preserve the historical character of the estate and local vineyards and to support local growers who practice organic viticulture, to protect, preserve, respect and resist trends, whilst still producing incredible tasting wines and bringing together the local community.

Passionate about maintaining biocultural diversity of the valley, all wines produced are fermented with indigenous yeasts and do not contain enzymes or other chemical additions. Paul’s interest in the integration of agricultural and natural systems is reflected in their wines.

They vines are dry-grown and carefully tended by hand to produce tiny yields of intensely flavoured fruit. Several wines are made from chenin blanc and grenache, which Paul believes are the region’s greatest varieties. Alternative varieties are produced using grapes sourced from like-minded growers in the region, including: greco bianco, malvasia, aleatico, tannat, mourvedré and tempranillo, some of which are poured in Perth’s best wine bars.

Open Friday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.

The Laughin' Barrel

Located in the heart of the Swan Valley is this relaxed, family-friendly winery and restaurant serving hearty meals and generous wines with friendly hospitality and playground the kids will love.

  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Classic Dry White,Muscat,Tawny,Rosé,Shiraz,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Light Food

Description

The Laughin' Barrel (renamed under new ownership in 2010), is a casual winery and restaurant in the heart of the Swan Valley wine region. Owners Brian and Sharon have been in hospitality for 20 years. The business name reflects their aim to bring fun and laughter to the Valley.

The Wines

Varieties include Sparkling Chardonnay, Classic White, Chenin, Chardonnay, Rose, Classic Red, Cabernet Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tawny Port and Muscat. All wines can be tasted at the estate's cellar door alongside gourmet cheese platters from 10am - 5pm Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, and 10am - 10pm on Friday.

The Food

The menu offers a changing array of hearty seasonal fare including homemade pies, fresh fish, local calamari and gourmet pizzas. The cafe area also features a large playground and lawn, along with a paved alfresco dining area overlooking 12 acres of picturesque vines. The cafe is open Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm, and Friday 10am - 10pm.

 

Tyler's Vineyard

Visit the Swan Valley's Grenache specialists, a welcoming family business making wine from 100-year-old unirrigated vines that also offers the unique opportunity to design and label your own bottle.

  • Open Days/times:11am - 3pm Thurs, Fri & Mon. 11am - 5pm Sat & Sun.
  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Fortified,Chenin Blanc,Grenache,Rosé

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Tyler's Vineyard is the quintessential Swan Valley image: hardy, 100-year-old vines hug the landscape, alongside a rustic barn. Owned and operated by the Tyler family, the winery makes Grenache in every kind of way, from unirrigated vines that to make wonderful, flavourful wines.

The Wines

The creative range of Grenache-based wines includes a traditional red, a white, sparkling, rose and a Tawny port.  Chenin Blanc is also made.

Cellar Door

The owner-run, relaxed, ambient cellar door is open Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11am - 3pm and weekends from 11am - 5pm. Families are welcomed at the estate, with Gilbert the goose, Gizmo the sheep and Howard the duck waiting to be pet.

Unique Highlights

The Tylers offer a unique opportunity for visitors to create customised wine labels for the wines they buy. Take a digital photo in the vineyard, design a label at the cellar door then print it out to adorn your bottle of wine at no extra cost.

 

Ugly Duckling Wines

A rustic winery with great live music on the weekends, delightful hand-crafted wines, signature gourmet pies and the occasional artisan market too!

  • Wine Variety:Sparkling Shiraz,Dessert,Rosé,Chenin Blanc,Shiraz,Verdelho,Fortified,Sparkling,Chardonnay
  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: Mon to Fri 11am to 4pm,Sat/Sun 11am to 5pm

Details

  • Brands:Ugly Duckling
  • Cellar Door Open:Saturday,Sunday,Thursday,Friday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday
  • Size & Year:Established 2001 - 2010,Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases)
  • Vineyards:2.5 acres
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Light Food
  • Established:2007

Description

This family-owned, boutique winery began making Chardonnay and Shiraz back in 2007. Their premium wine range is 100% locally grown and crafted includes sparkling wines, sweet to dry still wines, a dessert wine and a liqueur.

The cellar door is located in a charming, rustic cottage with a popular, dog-friendly outdoor dining area.

Wine Tastings
Complimentary wine tastings are available for groups of less than six. Groups of six or more can select from a range of wine tasting experiences starting from $5 per guest. All guests can upgrade their tasting with a selection of gourmet cheese and Turkish bread.

Special Highlights
No visit is complete without tasting one of the winery’s speciality gourmet pies, some of which are made with Ugly Duckling Wines! Alternatively, graze over a platter and soak up fantastic views across the Swan Valley to the Perth Hills. Weekends offer a great atmosphere, enhanced with live and local music. A Market Day is usually held on the last Sunday of the month and features a range of artisan mosaics, jewellery, toys, games, woodwork, vintage items and more. (Visit the Ugly Duckling Wines website to check for specific dates).

Ugly Duckling Wines is open 11am – 4pm Monday to Friday and 11am – 5pm on weekends.

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