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SWAN VALLEY

Rapidly approaching its 200th anniversary, Swan Valley is both the birthplace of West Australian wine and the second oldest wine region in Australia. Founded in 1829 to supply wine to the then-nascent Swan River colony, it retains its rustic and historic allure with small to mid-sized cellar doors, typically family-run and always welcoming. The broad range of wines and styles are emblematic of its multifarious history: from verdelho to pedro ximenez, traditional to audacious. Its old-vine fortifieds and liqueurs are wines of legend. The increasing profile of grenache and chenin blanc have brought much international attention in recent years, with some of the oldest and most exciting examples in the world found here. Julian Tompkin

Image of Nikola Estate by Jillian McHugh Photography.

NIKOLA ESTATE

Star Cellar Door

(08) 9374 8050
nikolaestate.com.au

If Houghton’s departure from the Swan Valley – where the winery was established in 1836 – suggested an uneasy portent for the region, its spell was not to last. Thrilling new labels emerged in its wake, among them Nikola Estate, which took over custodianship of the historic winery, homestead and grounds in 2019. Founded by Swan Valley icons Graeme and Kim Yukich, with a winemaking team captained by Damian Hutton, Nikola Estate has emerged as the most elegant cellar door in the region, honouring the integrity of the heritage-listed site, while offering a refined and contemporary cellar door experience with estate wines that speak to the soul of the valley and local produce. The pandemic may have delayed the opening of the on-site restaurant, but the cellar door stocks an array of finely curated provedore treats to enjoy on the expansive lawns, fringed by gnarled ancient vines and resplendent jacarandas.

TOP DROP: 2021 Nikola Estate Chenin Blanc, A$35

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(08) 6279 0500
mandoonestate.com.au

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(08) 9296 0078
upperreach.com.au

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BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE

(08) 9296 0209
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(08) 9296 2600
sittella.com.au

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(08) 9377 1805
riverbankestate.com.au

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