Swan Valley Wine Region

The Swan Valley is a picturesque wine region is on the outskirts of the city of Perth in Western Australia and is part of the much larger Swan District. Immediately to the east lies the elevated Perth Hills Wine Region.

Swan valley wine region

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The climate is quite hot so many of the wineries actually source some of their grapes from cooler wine regions of Western Australia outside the region.

There have been several phases in the history of this region. Houghtons (established 1836) and Sandalford (1840) are among the oldest wineries in Australia.

During the 20th Century new immigrants, many from the former Yugoslavia, established vineyards in the region, both before and after the Second World War.

Over the past couple of decades many new wineries have been established, while older vineyards which formerly emphasised fortified and bulk wines have been renewed and are now used to produce premium table wines.

Chenin blanc and Verdelho are mainstream varieties in this region. Both of these grape varieties produce reliably in the hot climate, although they have reputations for producing fairly nondescript wines when over cropped. More winemakers are demanding quality rather that quantity from the vineyards these days so the general standard of wines from these varieties is improving.

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Zinfandel is a popular alternative red wine variety in Western Australia, and several Swan Valley wineries are using it. Late ripening Petit verdot would also seem to have potential here as well. Over recent years a few growers have begun using Tempranillo.

Wineries in the Swan Valley with Alternative Varieties

Ambrook Wines Chenin blanc, Grenache, Verdelho | Black Swan Winery Cabernet franc | Carilley Estate Chenin blanc, Grenache, Malbec, Pedro Ximenez, Sangiovese, Viognier | Edgecombe Brothers Chenin blanc, Muscadelle | Faber Vineyard Malbec, Petit verdot, Verdelho | Garbin Estate Chenin blanc, Sangiovese, Verdelho | Harris Organic Wines Bastardo, Chenin blanc, Madeline Angevine, Muscadelle, Pedro Ximenez, Verdelho | Heafod Glen Winery Chenin blanc, Verdelho, Viognier | Houghton Chenin blanc, Tempranillo, Verdelho | Jane Brook Estate Chenin blanc, Malbec, Verdelho | John Kosovich Wines Chenin blanc, Petit verdot, Verdelho | Lancaster Wines Chenin blanc, Verdelho | Little River Wines Chenin blanc, Cinsaut, Malbec, Marsanne, Petit Verdot, Viognier | Mann Cygne blanc | Moondah Brook Chenin blanc, Verdelho | Neilson Estate Wines Verdelho | Oakover Estate Chenin blanc, Verdelho, Viognier | Pandemonium Estate Chenin Blanc, Grenache, Moscato, Savignan, Tempranillo, Viognier | Pinelli Chenin blanc, Verdelho | Riverbank Estate Chenin blanc, Grenache, Malbec, Petit verdot, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Verdelho, Viognier, Zinfandel | Sandalford Wines Chenin blanc, Verdelho | Sittella Chenin blanc, Petit Verdot, Tempranillo, Verdelho | Swan Valley Wines Chenin blanc, Grenache, Malbec, Mourvedre | Swanbrook Estate Wines Chenin blanc, Verdelho | Talijancich Chenin blanc, Graciano, Grenache, Muscadelle, Pedro Ximenes, Tempranillo, Verdelho | Upper Reach Vineyard Chenin blanc, Tempranillo, Verdelho | Vino Italia Chenin blanc, Grenache | Westfield Chenin blanc, Verdelho | Windy Creek Estate Chenin blanc, Grenache, Verdelho

Visiting the Swan Valley

The region has all the ingredients for a thriving tourism industry. There are many options for making a wine tour to this region. It is just a short drive from the state capital of Perth, ideal for day trips. You can even enjoy Swan Valley wines as part of a cruise on the Swan River.

My friend Tracy the TravellingCorkscrew has an excellent guide to tasting, eating and drinking, touring and events in the Swan Valley

Vinodiversity Hotels Booking Service can help you find the best online deals for staying in this region

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