WA has nine wine regions and more than 350 wineries to explore, ranging from the Swan Valley and Perth Hills to Margaret River, the Southern Forests and the Great Southern.
Driving is an easy option, but touring with an expert has a lot of advantages: there’s no drink driving stress, you get there fast and you get into places that are by ‘appointment only’, you often get special treatment plus the inside skinny on the region. Helicopter and fixed-wing flights are the luxury option and there are plenty of tour operators to help create a bespoke itinerary and hook you up with someone to show you around once you land. You also get a unique aerial view.
Once you are in the region, buses, cars and even motorbikes are available to show you around, but in Margaret River and the Swan Valley, options include push bike, horse riding and horse & cart. We are not 100% sure of the health & safety features but it does sound like a tremendous amount of fun.
5 Ways to tour the wineries
Trike tours If you are looking for a different way of exploring the wineries and the surrounding city, why not try out a cruise in a chauffeur driven custom Trike. Feel the wind in your hair as you encounter the spectacular views of the valleys and vineyards.
Bushtucker tours Get picked up from your own home and take a tour that not only satisfies your wine tasting needs but also allows you to experience WA’s wildlife from a boat as you cruise down the river. Taste delicious local produce whilst you tour, you won’t have to think about a thing, just sit back, relax and enjoy as the experienced and knowledgeable tour guides do everything for you.
Party bus tours If you’re looking to spice up your winery tour with a little music and dancing, then a party bus tour is just what you need. Ideal for hens and bucks parties, or any special occasion in fact; hiring the party bus eradicates the need for a designated driver allowing all guests to let loose, have fun a possibly a cheeky boogie whilst travelling between the wineries.
Men-only wine tours Get a group of lads together for a casual yet informative wine tour experience. It’s a no-frills day trip where the guys can get hands on with the wine blending experience, taste local gourmet produce, and learn the essentials- without all the old-fashioned stuffy wine talk!
Plane or helicopter tours If you’re looking for something a little more luxurious, perhaps touring the wineries in the air is more your thing. With a multitude of tour companies in WA offering unique and bespoke aerial tours, you truly won’t need to lift a finger. Pick your own itinerary of wineries or just let the tour guide do it all for you whilst you soak up the stunning aerial vistas. It’s quick, convenient and thrilling, this exclusive and interactive method of travel is sure to be a memorable experience.
Image credit: View from Castle Rock Winery of the Porongarups