Take a Gourmet Trail in Swan Valley
As the oldest wine-growing region in Western Australia and home to an abundance of wineries and makers of fine food, the Swan Valley is undoubtedly a key attraction for wine lovers and bon viveurs. We are delighted to share some of our best recommendations with you, engaging your senses and tantalising your taste buds.
Swan Valley Visitor Centre
Start your day in the picturesque Swan Valley at the Swan Valley Visitor Centre, located in the Old Courthouse in historic Guildford just 30 minutes away from Perth’s city centre. Wander around the exhibits and get a sense of the region’s viticulture heritage before embarking on your day of indulgence, armed with your complimentary map of the Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail.
Make your first stop at Sandalford Estate, one of Australia’s oldest and largest family-owned wine makers, where you will be treated to a great wine experience. Perfecting their craft for over 150 years, the winery offers a range of facilities and services for you to engage in guided wine tastings, interactive winery tours and even the chance to be a winemaker for a day.
Afterwards, enjoy a relaxing lunch at Houghton’s Café, where you can either sit under the vines of the semi-alfresco dining area or picnic-style under the shade of the glorious Jacaranda trees, with unparalleled views of the Swan Valley. Indulge in a delicious selection of sharing platters and individual dishes using the freshest seasonal produce from the region.
Mondo Nougat Factory
Enjoy something sweet after lunch at the Mondo Nougat Factory, which provides visitors with a unique insight to the behind-the-scenes production of their famous nougat. The family-owned business takes pride in their Italian heritage by introducing elements such as biscotti and gelato into their range of products.
Harris Organic Wines
As with many industries, winemakers are moving more and more towards organic methods of production and establishing sustainable vineyard practices. Harris Organic Wines is one such winemaker and the only certified organic winery in the Swan Valley. Gain a greater appreciation of how this method of wine making contributes to the range of high quality wines, including Chardonnay, Shiraz, and Verdelho, that they produce.
The Cheese Barrel
The perfect way to complete your gastronomic tour of the Swan Valley is at The Cheese Barrel where you can sample farmhouse and artisanal cheeses from around the world. Be sure to select the perfect accompaniment to your wine purchases of the day before returning to Perth.