Swan Valley

Its proximity to Perth has given the Swan Valley a sizeable catchment on which to draw. Unlike Margaret River which caters for a more upmarket clientele, the Swan appeals widely and offers quality and value from cellar doors serving bistro food.

Mandoon Estate

Star Winery

(08) 6279 0500
mandoonestate.com.au

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

Houghton
BEST LARGE CELLAR DOOR

(08) 9274 9540
houghton-wines.com.au

Riverbank
BEST SMALL CELLAR DOOR

(08) 9377 1805
riverbankestate.com.au

Olive Farm Wines
BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE

(08) 9296 4539
olivefarmwines.com.au

Swan Valley Wines
Best Additional Experience (wines from 100-year-old vines)

(08) 9296 1501
swanvalleywines.com.au

The Colony at Mandoon
our favourite places to stay

(08) 6279 0500
mandoonestate.com.au

Upper Reach Cottage
our favourite places to stay

(08) 9296 0078
upperreach.com.au