Australia is a place where there is a lot of land per person which means farming is pretty common. One thing that is suitable to the climate in this vast landscape is grapes. And with grapes we can make wine.
There is quite a selection of winerys around the Swan Valley area nearby Perth (a 30 min drive away), a random drive around and you should find enough to keep you occupied for the day. I do recommend a visit to the Margaret River Chocolate Factory whilst you are there though, and the Feral Brewery.
Milk, white and dark chocolate are free to try here, you can help yourself to a spoonful of chocolate buttons after entering, the main shop consists of different chocolate products and merchandise. At the rear there is a cafe where you can sample the home made hot chocolate drinks, there is also viewing holes into the factory so you can see the chocolate being manufactured.
The Winerys I visited were Charles Estate Wines, Harris Organic Wines and Lancaster Wines. Charles Estate Wines had the biggest selection and gave nougat to visiting tasters. Harris Organic Wines are the only organic wine producer in Swan Valley and we get to keep the glass with the $5.50 tasting fee. Lancaster Wines is across the road from the chocolate factory and have free cheese tasting too.
I’ve never been the biggest fan of wine myself, but this day has turned me I must admit. The variety is enormous and it would be difficult to not find one you like. Charles Estate winery was my favourite of the day, wines tasting of lemonade, raspberry and honey opened my eyes to the possibilities.
The last place of note is the Brewery. This is situated in the middle of Swan Valley and offered great Australian food as well as award winning beers. I tried 7 of their beers; Pilsener, Feral White, Feral Cow, Hop Hog, Rust, Razorback and Boris (pictured below 1-6 respectively except Boris). My favourite was rust, it had a distinct banana tint to it.
It is well worth the day trip out if you are in Perth, even if you arn’t a wine fan like me; be prepared for a headache in the evening though, oooouch..