Rarely does a winery tick all the boxes as Mandoon does. Its latest addition is The Colony – a 32-room luxury hotel on the property, overlooking ancient verdelho vines and the Swan River. Add the best range of eating experiences in the Valley: a rare fine dining restaurant, a cafe in their Brewery, and decent pizza and lamb on the spit for those enjoying the plush lawns and picnic tables.
The historic property – allocated to the state’s first surveyor general John Septimus Roe, in 1829 and in the Roe family for more than 100 years – was bought by the Ercegs in 2008, and under the direction of Allan Erceg, has become arguably the Valley’s favourite tourist destination. There’s also the the Linton & Kay Art Gallery in the original homestead. Best of all is the stellar range of wines by outstanding winemaker, Ryan Sudano. PETER FORRESTAL
OUTSTANDING WINE: 2015 Mandoon Estate Swan Valley Old Vine Shiraz, A$30