Swan Valley Gift Vouchers – Last Minute Gift Ideas!

Upper Reach Winery Cellar Door & Glass of Bubbles

It’s a couple of days before Christmas/someone’s birthday/a big event and you’ve completely forgotten to buy a present for Mr & Mrs Smith…uh ohhh! Don’t fret because I have the perfect solution and the best bit is that you don’t even have to get those elbows out to get through the masses at the mall. Actually you can organise it while downing a bottle of wine!

Various wineries in the Swan Valley have gift vouchers! Many of them can be bought and printed online while some need to be ordered and are then sent out to the recipient. To avoid that awful awkward situation of trying to explain why you don’t have a present for someone who has given you one, this is it!

Here is a good handful of Swan Valley gift vouchers you can order right now!

Oakover Grounds Vouchers

As you may have already seen on the blog, Oakover is a fab spot for a cheeky glass of vino and bite to eat. They have recently announced they will be doing gift vouchers, more details here.

Upper Reach Winery Vouchers

Upper Reach Winery Cellar Door & Glass of BubblesGiving the gift of vouchers for Upper Reach would make an excellent present as the vouchers can be used on wine, event tickets (Upper Reach do awesome Twilight Concerts) and also to put towards accommodation at their vineyard cottage (this is a must do!)

Sandalford Estate Vouchers

Lunch at Sandalford in the Swan Valley

You can choose either a voucher for wine, concert tickets, a restaurant meal or a wine tourism experience with a minimum value of $50 and no maximum limit. You order online and can either send the voucher straight to the recipient or email it to yourself to then pop in a card! If you want to be really creative you could print it on some nice paper and really fancy it up. Super quick and easy. Check out my post on my super divine lunch at Sandalford here.

Harris Organic Wines Vouchers

Harris Organic have made it super easy for you. Simply place your order online and receive your gift voucher straight away. Minimum value of a Harris Organic gift voucher is $35 and a maximum of $1000. You can also pop in a lovely message for the recipient. Check out my post on Harris Organic wines here.

Lamont’s Winery Vouchers

Sparkling wine at Lamont's in the Swan Valley

You can order vouchers for the Lamont’s Swan Valley cellar door or their Bishops House restaurant. Vouchers range from $50 up to $150. The only catch for these one’s are that the vouchers are sent out in the post. So if you are ordering today it is likely the recipient won’t have these before Christmas. If you’re not worries about it being a little late at least you can be rest assured that they will receive a well presented voucher which will be sure to go down a treat! They also have various other gift ideas in their online shop, click the link below to see more. Check out my post on my visit to Lamont’s in the Swan Valley here.

Sittella Winery Vouchers

Sittella Winery in the Swan Valley

Sittella, another beautiful spot in the Swan Valley offer gift vouchers. You can either order online, via phone or pop into the cellar door. If you’re doing the latter you’ll be able to get the voucher on the spot otherwise if you order online or via phone the voucher will be posted out. As far as I know there is no minimum or maximum value for the vouchers. A Sittella voucher would be a fantastic idea for someone who loves bubbles. Check out my latest post on visiting Sittella Winery here.

Swan Valley Tours Vouchers

Swan Valley Tours bus

Give the gift of a Swan Valley Tour! Transport, wine and food are all taken care of – who wouldn’t love that! To give the gift of a Swan Valley Tour you simply choose a tour and the number of people you want to give this awesome gift to and the voucher will be valid for 12 months. The voucher is automatically sent to you, you then add in the names and message manually and you’re done! Check out my post on doing an Indulgence Tour with Swan Valley Tours here.

Top Gun Tours Vouchers

Top Gun Tour Bus Swan ValleyI was lucky enough to go on a Top Gun Tour and I had a blast – read all about it here. And yes the post does include a few references from the film Top Gun!

The above is just a handful of Swan Valley gift vouchers and gift certificates you can order online. Please click on the below links for even more ideas:

Lunch at Sandalford Wines in the Swan Valley, Perth

Sandalford

is the oldest and largest privately owned winery in Western Australia and for that reason I had put off visiting them. I had thoughts of it being over-priced, overly touristy and completely commercialised. I was 100% wrong on all accounts.

Having started out in the 1840’s, Sandalford now has 40 hectares in their Swan Valley vineyard and a further 140 hectares in their Margaret River vineyard, which they brought in the 1970’s.

The Swan Valley property is located in Caversham, just up the road from the picturesque small town of Guildford, which straddles the Swan River. The winery sits about 500 meters back from the road – the drive in is simply stunning as you pass rows and rows of vines. The winery itself sits in the middle of the property with vines completely surrounding it. It just oozes tranquility and peacefulness.

There is plenty of parking and my partner-in-crime for the day did mention a couple of times that the great thing about the parking at Sandalford is that the designated parks are well spaced out with a good foot either side of the car before the painted lines. Not a huge highlight in my books, but it did impress my male counterpart!

We had about 45 minutes to kill before our lunch booking so we decided to taste through the extensive wine list and find out what tickled our taste buds. The cellar door was pretty packed when we arrived so we looked around the gift shop first. The shop is full of cute little trinkets and wine accessories; I think I’ll need to make a trip back before Christmas to do a bit of shopping!

A tasting at the cellar door is $3 per person – with this you can try all 14 wines on the list or pick and choose to your liking. We thought what the heck and tried the lot! I won’t give you tasting notes this time, as it was a date and I was in no mood to be spiting. Not a great way to impress a date!

However I can say that the picks of the day were; 2012 Margaret River Chardonnay ($20), 2012 Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon Rose ($20), 2009 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($45) and the 2011 Element Late Harvest ($14). We ended up buying a bottle of each after our lunch as eating at the restaurant entities you 10% off your cellar door purchases! It would be rude not to really.

Okay so now for the best bit – the restaurant! We decided to head to Sandalford particularly because they had just released their new spring lunch menu and for October only you can get a free bottle of either white or red wine with your lunch. I am a sucker for offers like this!

The restaurant is absolutely heavenly. Our perfectly set out table was on the veranda in the insanely romantic alfresco dining area. What really impressed me was that the tables were so well spaced out, you were a decent distance away from any other table that you truly were in your own little bubble amongst the twirling vines. It was great to see that they aim to give you the best experience possible rather than packing the area with more tables so they can bring in more money.

To match the perfect setting was the impeccable service. The waiters had the perfect mix of professionalism and friendly humor. Our meal started off with our complimentary bottle, we choose to go for the red – a Cabernet Merlot that went perfectly with our starters and mains. Soooooo… what did we eat???

We started off with marinated barrel aged feta; warm marinated local olives and royal blue chips with aioli. The feta was literally to die for, melt in your mouth goodness! To follow for our mains I we went for the cumin rolled lamb loin, roast red pepper, slow cooked shoulder, artichoke, feta and olives and my partner went for the Margaret River wagyu beef medallions, potato and celeriac gratin, manjimup truffled wild mushrooms and sprout leaves.

Both meals were scrumptious, the meats cooked to perfection and the spices and flavours intertwined and complemented each other flawlessly. At $45 a pop the main meals were definitely worth the expensive price tag.

The only disappointing part of the meal was that I was so full by the end of it that I couldn’t fit in a dessert and my oh my did they sound tasty. Perhaps next time I’ll be sure to enjoy one with a glass of the illustrious Sandalera that sells for $95 a bottle at the cellar door due and is made in limited quantities.
Sandalford Estate Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Lunch and wine tasting at Sandalford definitely rank up there for one of my best experiences here in Perth. Next time I’ll make sure to check out their underground cellars and perhaps even take on the 3-hour Winemaker for a Day course. I couldn’t do everything in the one visit because I need an excuse or two to go back for more!

For more information on Sandalford, click here.