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Swan Valley

Its proximity to Perth gives the Swan Valley a steady stream of visitors, drawn to its cellar doors, restaurants and other tourist attractions. Many wineries keep alive the traditions established by the Slav and Italian families who settled here in the early 20 century, and favour fortifieds and full-bodied reds. But there’s a new breed of winemakers keen to nuture varieties suited to the hot climate, experimenting with small batches of chenin blanc, fiano, vermentino, gewürztraminer, frontignac, grenache and tempranillo.
Peter Forrestal

Image courtesy of Mandoon Estate.

Mandoon Estate

Star Cellar Door & Best Accommodation (tie)

(08) 6279 0500
mandoonestate.com.au

Mandoon is still the Swan’s outstanding cellar door, with so much to offer. Most will relax on the immaculately maintained lawn and enjoy the wines or beers with pizza or spit roast (on weekends), or the selection of cheese, cold meats and salads. Activities include a blending opportunity, an immersion experience, and a bush tucker tasting and talk. The Homestead Brewery has many options for casual dining, with a great range of beers served from the tap. The fine dining restaurant, Wild Swan, is exceptional and a great place to try the estate’s wines. For a contemplative moment, the Linton & Kay Galleries are well worth a visit. Luxury accommodation at the Colony overlooks the vines and the Swan River. Chief winemaker Ryan Sudano and his team source grapes locally, as well as from Great Southern and Margaret River. PETER FORRESTAL

OUTSTANDING WINE: 2016 Mandoon Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, A$84

Nikola Estate
Best Large Cellar Door

(08) 9374 8050
nikolaestate.com.au

Upper Reach
Best Small Cellar Door &
Best Accommodation (tie)

(08) 9296 0078
upperreach.com.au

John Kosovich Wines
Best Tasting Experience

(08) 9296 4356
johnkosovichwines.com.au

Swan Valley Wines
BEST ADDITIONAL CELLAR DOOR
EXPERIENCE (TIE)

(Appointment only)
0450 648 918
swanvalleywines.com.au

Vino Volta
BEST ADDITIONAL CELLAR DOOR
EXPERIENCE (TIE)

Appointment only
0414 430 173
vinovolta.com.au