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Wineries in Swan Valley Region


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Ambrook Wines

Experience a ‘taste of Italy’ in the Valley; discover old-vine, family-made Italian varietal wines served with delicious antipasto platters, cheese boards and house-made arancini.

  • Open Days/times:Thur to Mon 10am to 5pm
  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Grenache,Sangiovese,Verdelho,Vermentino,Merlot,Shiraz

Details

  • Cases Produced:1500 cases
  • Established:1990
  • Winemaker:Mickele Amonini
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Light Food
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Thursday,Friday
  • Lunch Open:Monday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Brands:Ambrook

Description

Owner Mickele Amonini's family has a rich winemaking history within the Valtellina region, near the Swiss-Italian border in northern Italy. Continuing this tradition in Australia, Michele and partner Karen Turner purchased a vineyard with vines dating back to 1945 to create their boutique, award-winning Ambrook winery within the rich soils of the Swan River in West Swan.

The Wines

Italian wines are the focus, with dry to sweet styles including Verdehlo and Moscato (made from vines planted in 1945). The medium to full bodied reds include a Grenache blend, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Porto Di Pia (dessert wine) is a wild-fermented fortified white made in an Italian Vin Santo style. All wines are available for purchase at the Ambrook cellar door or online.

Cellar Door

The estate houses a rustic cellar door with an inviting, laidback approach to wine-tasting. Be sure to enjoy a range of Italian favourites; including antipasto, cheeses and arancini balls, best enjoyed overlooking the beautiful vista of vines. Open Thursday to Monday 10am - 5pm.

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:Merlot,Muscat,Rose,Shiraz,Sparkling,Fortified,Dessert,Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Classic Dry White

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,Restaurant,Cellar Door,Kids Play Area
  • Cellar Door Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Thursday
  • 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. 

Edgecombe Brothers Winery

A delightful, multi-generational family winery making classic Swan Valley wines, also famous for its farm-fresh vineyard breakfasts, gourmet burger nights and good, old-fashioned hospitality.

  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Muscat,Semillon,Shiraz,Cabernet Merlot,Chardonnay
  • Open Days/times:10am - 4pm Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm Sat & Sun.

Details

  • Lunch Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday
  • Dinner Open:Friday
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Breakfast Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday
  • Winemaker:Alfred Edgecombe
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Restaurant

Description

Purchased in 1925 by brothers Don and Frank Edgecombe who immigrated from the UK, this family-owned and operated business does things the old-fashioned way, serving fresh produce and fine table wines at their rustic cellar door and cafe restaurant with warm hospitality.

The Wine

Sparkling through to table wines, dessert wines and fortified wines are made, embodying the Swan Valley’s style of zesty, fruit-driven whites and warm, spicy reds. Varieties include Chenin Blanc, Semillon, Muscat, old-vine Shiraz and Muscadelle.

Cellar Door

Edgecombe Brothers Winery’s rustic cellar door is ably managed by Alfred Edgecombe, who welcomes all for a chat and a wine tasting, open daily.

The Food

The family-friendly café is open for breakfast and lunch, and particularly famous for its weekend brunch, made with scrumptious farm-fresh produce served with a relaxed winery atmosphere on the lawn or under the pergolas overlooking the vineyards. Open Monday to Thursday 10am - 4pm, Friday 10am - 5pm and weekends 9am - 5pm. Weekend bookings recommended.

Unique Highlights

Visit the family-friendly Friday night burger kitchen, serving gourmet, homemade burgers and popular kids foods throughout the year. Open Friday nights 5 - 9pm.

 

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

  • Lunch Open:Saturday,Sunday
  • Established:2010
  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Established 2001 - 2010
  • Cellar Door Open:Thursday,Friday,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,Rose,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 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:Sparkling Shiraz,Rose,Sparkling Burgundy,White Burgundy,Brut,Malbec,Method Traditionale,Muscat a Petits Grains Rosa,Port,Sherry,Sparkling,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

  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000,Micro (1-999 cases)
  • Cases Produced:500
  • Vineyards:1.8 hectares
  • 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. 

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

Details

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

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.
 

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

Details

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

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.

Kafarela's Vineyard

  • 9296 0970

Visit the Kafarela family at this quaint winery specialising in non-alcoholic wines, liqueurs and fresh seasonal produce utilising modern, biodynamic-growing principles.

  • Open Days/times:Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm
  • Wine Region:Swan District

Details

  • Established:1944
  • Vineyards:7 hectares
  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Established 1901 - 1950
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday

Description

The Kafarela family have been growing grapes and seasonal produce on their 7 hectare property since 1944. Specialising in non-alcoholic wines, liqueurs and seasonal produce using biodynamic-growing principles, the vineyard is situated in the heart of the Swan Valley.

Cellar Door

Stop by the cellar door to pick up a fresh bag of grapes, a jar of homemade jam or a free tasting of the estate's non-alcoholic Patritti grape juice. Open Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm.

Unique Highlights

Kafarela's Vineyard is also home to the largest doll and quilt collection in the Swan Valley, and its craft shed offers dolls, bears, baby quilts and other lovingly made items.

 

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

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Functions,Restaurant
  • Lunch Open:Holidays,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000,Small (5,000-49,999 cases)
  • Cellar Door Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • 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.

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.

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

Details

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

 

Lilac Hill Estate

Based at the historic Valencia cellars and close to the Lilac Hill park which regularly hosts International Cricket tour matches - just north of Guildford. Wine styles include Zinfandel and Verdelho.

  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Dessert,Fortified,Sparkling,Chardonnay,Merlot,Chenin Blanc,Rose,Sherry,Viognier,Port,Shiraz,Verdelho,Cabernet
  • Open Days/times:Tue to Sun 10:30am to 5pm

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Cellar Door Open:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Winemaker:Stephen Murfit
  • Cases Produced:15 000 cases
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Principal Stephen Murfit was in the Royal Australian Army until he took leave to assist his parents with a newly-acquired winery and vineyard. He was so impressed with the business that he and wife Amaya now make wine for 10 growers, as well as their own Lilac Hill label. Along with Zinfandel and Verdelho, the range includes Chenin, Chardonnay, Cabernet Merlot, Merlot and Semillon.

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.

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

Details

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

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.

 

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:Sparkling,Rose,Chardonnay,Classic Dry White,Grenache,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon,Shiraz,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Verdelho,Merlot
  • 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

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

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

Mann Winery

  • 9296 4348

Visit industry veteran Dorham Mann at his family winery and taste traditional method sparklings, including one of Australia's most unusual wines, made with Swan Valley’s very own Cygne Blanc grape.

  • Open Days/times:Wednesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm
  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Rose

Details

  • Established:1988
  • Winemaker:Dorham Mann
  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Established in 1988, industry veteran Dorham Mann and his daughter Anthea release just two traditional method sparkling wines a year at this unassuming property in the Swan Valley with a cult-like following. Reviewed as “Australia’s most unusual wine,” by James Halliday, the wine sparkling is made with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cygne Blanc. Cygne Blanc being a grape variety that originated from a fortuitous planting at the property in 1989. It is thought to be the only of its type in Australia and is patented by the Mann family.

The Wine

The winery produces a Cygne Blanc sparkling and a Rose Brut. The distinctive Cygne Blanc is a dry, faintly pink sparkling wine made exclusively from Cabernet Sauvignon and Cygne Blanc varieties grown on the estate.

Cellar Door

The understated Mann cellar door sits beside the action, with an upper level overlooking the winery's equipment. It is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am - 5pm from 1st August each year and closes once all wine is sold out (approximately six months).

 

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

Details

  • Established:1929
  • Lunch Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Wednesday
  • Brands:Nikola
  • Cases Produced:4000
  • Facilities:Restaurant,Wheelchair Access,Functions,Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Established 1901 - 1950
  • 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 Variety:Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Malbec,Muscat,Petit Verdot,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Classic Dry White,Merlot,Verdelho,Viognier,Cabernet,Fortified,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Rose,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Tempranillo,Vermentino
  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Open Days/times:Restaurant: Wed – Sun, Breakfast from 8am & Lunch from 11:30am | Cellar Door: Wed – Sun 11:00am - 3:30pm

Details

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

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:Classic Dry White,Gewurztraminer,Grenache,Grenache Shiraz,Malbec,Merlot,Method Traditionale,Brut,Cabernet,Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Sauvignon,Cabernet Shiraz,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Chenin Verdelho,Muscat,Petit Verdot,Pinot Gris,Port,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Semillon,Shiraz,Sparkling,Shiraz Cabernet,Sparkling Rose,Sparkling Shiraz,Tempranillo,Verdelho,Viognier,Fortified,Rose,Dessert
  • 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
  • Established:1829
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Restaurant
  • Lunch Open:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday
  • Winemaker:Anthony Yurisich
  • Size & Year:Established 1800 - 1850
  • Vineyards:24 acre

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.

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 Variety:Grenache,Durif,Dessert,Cabernet Merlot,Muscat,Sauvignon Blanc,Fortified,Shiraz,Verdelho,Sparkling,Rose,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chenin Blanc,Merlot,Method Traditionale
  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • 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
  • Breakfast Open:Sunday
  • Lunch Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Vineyards:7 acres
  • 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.

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

Details

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

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. 

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

Details

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

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

Details

  • Facilities:Functions,Restaurant,Cellar Door
  • Cases Produced:8000 cases
  • Vineyards:10 hectares
  • Cellar Door Open:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch Open:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • 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.

Talijancich Wines

Discover some of Australia’s finest, internationally-awarded fortified wines and liquors at the homely cellar door of this three-generation winemaking family.

  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Dessert,Fortified,Muscat,Semillon,Shiraz,Verdelho,Graciano,Port,Rose,Ruby Port
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: Everyday except Tue 10:30am to 4:30pm. Open public holidays.

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Wheelchair Access
  • Established:1932
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Winemaker:James and Hilda Talijancich
  • Size & Year:Established 1901 - 1950,Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases)
  • Wheelchair Access:Ramps and walkways link the car park and facilities. Wheelchair accessible bathrooms.

Description

Croatian-born Jim Talijancich and his wife Ljucibica purchased this Swan Valley property in 1932 and began making fortified wine from Muscat and Shiraz. Times were tough in those early years and were made tougher upon Jim’s passing, when son Peter was just 13 years old. Peter ceased schooling immediately to work with his mother on the vineyard, the horse and plough becoming one of his new regular tasks. Peter led all operations and winemaking for over 50 years until he passed Talijancich onto son his James and wife Hilda in 1998.

The Wines
Talijancich has a long-term reputation as a fortified wine specialist. Their range includes a 30 Year Old Rare Tawny, Muscat and Pedro Ximenes Liqueur. There is also a selection of still red and white wines including a beautiful Verdelho and an old-vine Shiraz. The vineyard follows bio-dynamic, organic principles.

Wine Tasting
The cellar door is located in their converted winery homestead, offering a relaxed setting with lovely views. It is open from 10.30am to 4.30pm all days, except Tuesday.

Halliday Rating
4 Black Stars

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:Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Classic Dry White,Muscat,Port,Rose,Shiraz

Details

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

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.

 

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