Most of the major cities in Australia are within close proximity to a wine country. Sydney has the Hunter Valley, Adelaide has the Barossa, and Perth has the Swan Valley.
The Swan Valley takes the prize for most conveniently located wine country with it being just a 25 minute drive from the Perth Central Business District. That means you can be from work to wine tasting on a Friday afternoon in practically no time!
Wine Tasting in the Swan Valley
Dozens of wineries call the Swan Valley their home, not to mention microbreweries and distilleries, so wine tasting (or beverage tasting of any kind) in this part of the country should be no problem at all. One highly recommended way to experience the wine tasting in the Swan Valley is to follow the 20 mile (32 km) Food and Wine Trail. This journey will take visitors in a scenic loop with the possibility to stop off at numerous wineries, restaurants and specialty shops.
Top wines to taste in the Swan Valley include Verdelho and Shiraz – although fortified wines are also quite popular. Beer lovers will be happy to know that several microbreweries sell tasting paddles of their top brews – a great way to break up the day of cellar door hopping.
Other Activities in the Swan Valley
Besides wine tasting, the Swan Valley offers numerous activities for friends, couples and families. Shopping and perusing arts and crafts stores or walking and cycling can be done in the scenic surrounds of the Swan Valley. Don’t forget about the historic attractions, such as the heritage trails and transportation museums.
The best way to start or end the day at the Swan Valley is with a boat cruise on the Swan River to/from Perth.
Extra Tips for Wine Tasting in the Swan Valley
When planning your wine tasting experience in the Swan Valley, do be sure to have a look at the individual winery and business opening days and hours. Even though the Swan Valley is open year round, 7 days a week, some cellar doors might not be operating on Mondays, for example.
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