Like Victoria's Yarra Valley, or South Australia's Adelaide Hills, the Swan Valley is one of the regions close to a capital city. Thanks to the proximity to Perth, you're spoiled for choice when it comes to leaving Perth, grabbing a delicious lunch, visiting a couple of farmers markets , some of the best wineries and their vineyards and cellar doors, and then being back in time for a (rather) late dinner in Perth.
Cut to the chase and get to the winery hopping? Ok
Sandalford Winery - An early estate of the valley and not only one of the best wineries today, but definitely one of the most well known wineries in Western Australia. Arrive at a private jetty, tour the vineyards, taste the product and catch a major event if you time it right.
Upper Reach Winery - eat at the Upper Reach winery restaurant, drink at the cellar door and sleep in the vineyard cottage. That's a winery!
Olive Farm Wines - Olive Farm Wines was established in 1829. The Yurisich family have run the show ever since. No bookings needed at Olive Farm Wines award winning cellar door on West Swan Road and tastings are offered from over 40 different wines. Anthony Yurisich is now the head of winemaking at W.A's oldest established vineyard.
Windy Creek Estate - Windy Creek offer crisp whites, earthy reds and amazing views. Head out to Herne Hill to sample a Windy Creek Vermentino - recently a gold medal winner.
Faber Vineyard- Faber Vineyard has long table lunches, a single varietal petit verdot, and they are one of the few Swan Valley wineries making sparkling wine. The Faber vineyard, out on Haddrill Road, features 11 acres of hand-pruned and hand-picked vines.
Henley Park Wines - Recently sold, but it was a family run operation. You can enjoy a delicious lunch at the cellar door, enjoy a tasting (or a bottle) of their 12 different varieties shared among 6,500 grapevines.
Lancaster Wines - 100 year old grenache vines, print your own wine label, get some sparkling grenache while you're at the family run winery Lancaster Wines. Urban List reckons the Lancaster Wines "dessert wines are extra special"
Edgecombe Brothers - the Edgecombe brothers, out on Gnangara Road, have a nice range of activities to do while visiting the winery. Historic walking tours, wine pairing, selling grapes, a rustic cellar door offering wine tasting.
Swan Valley Wines - lots of unusual varietals, minimal intervention philosophy, additive-free wines made from dry grown vines.
Mandoon Estate - considered one of the Swan Valley wineries, not only does Mandoon Estate make great wine - it was the most awarded boutique winery in Western Australia from 2010-2020, it also has accommodation (32 rooms), an art gallery and a very swanky cellar door.
Tyler's Vineyard - Tyler's Vineyard have 100 year old non-irrigated grenache grapevines and you can design your own labels and get them printed for free