Four best Swan Valley Wineries inluding Kosovich, Harris Organic, Mann and Upper Reach
Situated just 36 minutes from Perth’s central business district, the Swan Valley Wine Region is the easiest to get to wine region in Western Australia, and Australia from any capital
city for that matter. Which means you can’t pass up the chance to visit if you can ever get to Perth, Western Australia, in the current COVID climate.
The Swan Valley is the second oldest wine region in Australia, after the Hunter Valley in New South Wales. Lots of Swan Valley wineries have an interesting history and an age-old,
but modern winemaking process, which makes delectable and drinkable wine. Most of the wineries and food places in Swan Valley sit along a 32-kilometre loop, so even if you only have a day
to spare, you can visit only the best.
We have produced an itinerary to give you an idea of how to visit the best wineries in the Swan Valley on one beautiful day trip.
These are the best Swan Valley wineries because
all the Swan Valley wines are made on the wineries premises from the grapes grown in the best part of the Swan Valley, Memorial Avenue.
HOW TO GET TO THE SWAN VALLEY
With little public transport in the Swan Valley Wine region, there are several ways to explore the region: via car, bus and walking, bicycle or taxi. The bus No. 310 or 311
along the Great Northern highway will get you to Memorial Avenue from Midland train Station.
If you’ve got your car then that's OK. Just plug in Memorial Avenue, BASKERVILLE
into Google Map of the Swan Valley on your phone and you are away.
Once you arrive you can explore the vineyards and wineries and taste fruity dry whites like chenin blanc and verdelho, delicious sweet wines, easy-drinking traditional sparkling and
rich red wines.
If you’d rather sit back, relax and let someone else do the driving then we suggest an UBER or taxi. They can drop you off and pick you up later as all the wineries are within
a one-kilometre range in Memorial Avenue.
YOUR SWAN VALLEY JOURNEY
So let's start at the first winery on your Swan Valley outing. We have chosen the “Paris End” of the Swan Valley; Memorial Avenue. Memorial Avenue was established in 1922
when the area west of the Great Northern Highway to the Swan R was subdivided for viticulture.
1. HARRIS ORGANIC WINES
With such unique organic wine and brandy spirits, this is a Swan Valley winery that is #1 on our Swan Valley wineries list.
Listed as one of the top 10 wineries in Perth by
Harris Organic Wines is just across the Avenue from John Kosovich Wines, the oldest family-owned winery in WA, while offering a wide selection of wines to try. As you might
have guessed from its name, this place prides itself on producing only certified organic wine, free of herbicides, pesticides and chemicals from its dry cultivated vineyard.
You’ll be amazed at how friendly
the wine is, as well as the estate made organic vodka, brandy and gin. They deliver Swan Valley wine across Australia too.
Opening Times: 11 am to 4.30 pm Thursday to Monday
2. JOHN KOSOVICH WINES
Just a walk across the Avenue from Harris Organic will be a visit to the oldest underground cellar door in Western Australia.
John Kosovich is one of the most popular wineries
in the valley, and was voted best cellar door in the Swan Valley.
It’ll come as no surprise that it’s the oldest family-owned winery in Western Australia.
Enveloped by a beautiful vineyard,and grounds this winery sits above the underground
cellar. You can taste a range of wines, with super friendly and informative owners who are more than happy to guide you through your experience of Swan Valley wine.
Opening Times: 10.30 am to 5 pm daily
3. MANN WINERY
Mann Winery is just one kilometre along the Avenue from Great Northern Highway, on the bank of the Swan Valley.
If it is September and that means you are in for a treat from Mann Winery. If it is March you may be dissappointed as they sell out fast and reopen in August.
Each year these legendary Swan Valley winemakers who release two elegant and delicious traditional method sparkling wines each Spring. These are both made in the
traditional way French champagne is made.
The sparkling wine is made with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cygne Blanc. Cygne Blanc is a grape variety that originated from a fortuitous planting at the property in 1989.
It is the only white grape of its type in Australia and is patented by the Mann family.
The winery produces a white sparkling and a rose’ in a brut style, hand-riddled and then aged in the bottle for two years before release. The distinctive Cygne Blanc
is a dry, white sparkling wine made exclusively from Cygne Blanc varieties grown on the estate.
The cellar door area is above the winery, with an upper level overlooking the winery's equipment. It is open from 1st August each year and closes once all wine is sold out
usually just after the New Year.
Wine quantities are limited and sought after as they ship their wines by mail order across Australia. Once they are sold out, Mann Winery shuts their doors later in the year.
Drop by from 10am to 5pm Wednesday to Sunday to pick up a bottle or three and experience a Swan Valley winery tradition at it's best.
Opening Times: 10 am to 5 pm Wednesday to Sunday
4. UPPER REACH WINERY
Situated just 300 metres along the Avenue from Mann Winery is Upper Reach Winery, which you’ll reach just in time for a late lunch if you have a booking. Look for the big
fish on the entrance gate.
They a have a Swan Valley restaurant called Riverbrook.
The food here is said to be some of the best in the local area, so why not stay for a while. Follow up your winery lunch with a wine tasting of their memorable sparkling chardonnay,
semillon or shiraz in their modern cellar door.
Opening Times: 11 am to 5 pm every day
Wine Tastings: $5 per person
ON THE WAY HOME
PS: If you want to drive away from the best wineries Swan Valley and visit some nature, we highly recommend Bells Rapids which is right around the corner, on Cathedral Avenue,
offering great vistas, bush walks and more. In the summer a picnic under the trees is a great place to go. In the winter when the weather is cooler, the sight of the water running and
pounding its way to the coast is a great spectacle.
There is a walking bridge across the Swan river to watch the action.
As you’ve probably come to realise, a Swan Valley wine tour is one of the best day trips from Perth or its suburbs, and in this post, we have tried to help you see
Memorial Avenue in a good light. From the best Perth wineries to visit, to where to eat and how to get to Memorial Avenue – all of that information is right here.
Have a happy Swan Valley wine tour.