180 years of Winemaking in the Swan Valley

The Swan Valley is Western Australia’s oldest wine region and 2014 marks 180 years of winemaking in the Swan Valley! Sometimes I don’t think Perth knows how lucky it is. Everyone I meet thinks that the Swan Valley is so far from the city. You mean that super long 25 minute drive from the CBD????

The Swan Valley is the second closest wine region to a major city in the world (after Vienna in Austria). And quite possibly it is for that reason that I’ve decided to make Perth my home. It’s not just the close proximity to all that wine but it’s all those lovely boutique, family run wineries that have really stolen my heart. I love visiting wineries where the owners are at the cellar door spilling out all their passion and love for the wine to anyone and everyone who’ll listen.

Plus the quality of wine coming out of the Swan Valley is simply fantastic. The Swan Valley produces some of the best Chenin Blanc, Verdelho, Shiraz and Petit Verdot  in Australia. Not to mention the stunning fortified wines coming out of the region. Being one of the warmest wine regions in Australia, these grapes thrive in the hot dry summers of the Swan Valley.

Harvesting of the grapes in Swan Valley usually begins in early-mid January and carries on right through to March – the different grape varieties need to be picked at different times to make sure they have reached their full potential (i.e. sugar/brix and acidity levels).

The 2014 harvest has already begun and there’ll be plenty of events to celebrate the 2014 when all the work is done. Below are some of my favourite Swan Valley resources that I use to keep updated on what’s happening around the Valley:

If you’re interested in reading about my adventures in the Swan Valley, make sure you check out my Swan Valley Guide.

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  1. Thanks for stopping by Laura and what a lovely way to spend a Hen’s Day and 30th – I couldn’t think of a better spot in Perth. There are lots of exciting things happening in the Valley this year so stay tuned. The celebrations for the end of the 2014 vintage look great – http://swanvalleywinemakers.com.au/events/ ! And The Swan Valley tourist centre are planning on giving away 180 bottles of SV wine on their FB page too 🙂

  2. Wow, I had no idea that this year was such a significant one for the Swan Valley…. definitely makes me want to set aside another weekend for a visit! The Swan Valley is definitely close to my heart also. I had my hen’s day there (wineries, chocolate, what more could you want?!) and recently celebrated my 30th birthday at Taylor’s and the Cheese Barrel. We’re definitely privileged to live so close by in the CBD. Thanks for this post and the reminder of the great region on our doorstep!

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