The Swan Valley wine region City of Perth, is built on a unique history and fascinating heritage blending with Australia’s indigenous as well pioneering the colonial and southern European roots.
Just 25 minutes from Perth City lies one of Western Australia’s best kept treasures, the Swan Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region.
Not only is this home to vast expanse of vineyards from which emanate some of the best local wines but it also happens to be Australia’s first humane food region which highlights the commitment undertaken towards ensuring the welfare of animals and producing high quality, healthier foods.
Over the years the Swan Valley has drawn in winemakers as well as an endless list of chefs and brewers from all over.
This mixture of professionals and their love for the making of food and drink coupled with the perfect conditions for the growth of abundant seasonal produce has led to the creation of tantalising delicacies ranging from cheese to tapenades, marinated olives, pickles and more.
The ever growing list of wineries, budding breweries and array of restaurants offering a wide range of food, from gourmet cuisine to pub grub make it a haven for those who relish good food and drink and wish to incorporate a true taste of Australia into their travel itineraries.
Apart from taste bud tickling, the Swan Valley region also feeds the appetite of history buffs.
Firstly, it is home to some iconic breweries such as Houghton and Sandalford as well as some of the oldest vines.
Furthermore, the 19th century street scape of the historic Guildford offers a glimpse into Western Australia’s colonial past.
There are also a number of heritage walk trails for those wishing for a more in depth insight into the history of the region.
The Whiteman Park houses the Revolutions Transport Heritage Museum, the Motor Museum and Tractor Museum which outline how the evolution of transport shaped the lives of Western Australians.
There are a variety of ways in which to explore the area.
There is the option of joining a guided tour or to independently drive along the 32km Food and Wine Trail and stop at places at your own leisure.
For any keen cyclists, there are a number of cycle trails available to experience the great outdoors whilst touring.
A boat cruise is also available from Perth City along the Swan River to the Swan Valley.
The Guildford visitor centre oversees the Swan Valley and would be the best place to offer guidance and help tailor a tour of your choice.