Get Inspired / Perth The Swan Valley Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Perth The Swan Valley story by: Tom Ricketts If you’re in Perth but just don’t have the time to get down to the vineyards of Margaret River, fear not! There is another equally as good destination, and it’s only half an hour from the city. It is, the Swan Valley. The Swan Valley is about half an hour east of Perth, easily accessible by car for a day out in the vineyards. However if you want to do some serious sampling, you can leave the car behind and catch a leisurely river cruise from Perth along the Swan River, it’s a great way to start the day! In the valley itself there’s around 150 vineyards to keep you occupied for the day. There’s a couple of big guys here, but most of the vineyards are small family run operations. One of the most popular spots is Sandalford who claim to be Aussie’s largest family run vineyard. They have a full range of red and white wines, and even better, they have wines from their vineyard in Margaret River too, so you can sample the best of both regions. The restaurant is one of the most popular in the valley, and they regularly host musicians for everything from quiet background music to full concert events. If you like cheese… sorry, everyone likes cheese, I’ll start again. If you like to have some yummy cheese with your wine, then Olive Farm Wines is the place to go. They have an amazing range of red and white wines, but also sparkling wine, liqueurs and dessert wine. But the best thing is, they have the Cheese Barrel Café onsite which has a massive range of local and international cheese, all of which is also on sale for you to take home and munch on later. Another strong point for the Swan Valley is the richness of its soil, which is quite unique in the state (lots of sand in WA). It allows for lots more produce to be grown in the valley, and the local cafes and restaurants go to all lengths to use as much local produce as possible. There’s olive groves, berries galore, honey farms, more cheese and all sorts of stone fruits, many of which can be picked up from roadside stalls just like home. Last, but certainly not least, is chocolate! It wouldn’t be a food and wine day if you couldn’t sample a little chocolate on the way right? Conward and Black may be a newcomer to the valley, but they’ve very quickly made a name for themselves thanks to their Wine and Chocolate Master Class. For a mere AUD$30 you’ll get to sample six wines, four chocolate liqueurs and nine chocolates! But wait, there’s more. You also get a bottle of your favourite choccy liqueur to take home. Bliss! > LEARN MORE ABOUT WA AND FIND HOT DEALS HERE. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Experience Perth Read more Add or remove from Wishlist The HOT guide to Australia with Princess Cruises Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.