Western Australian Winerys

October 30, 2009 · 7 comments

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.

Vineyard for wine making

Vineyard for wine making

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.

Something Important

Something Important

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.

Wine tasting

Wine tasting

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.

Free Wine and Cheese opposite free chocolate place

Free Wine and Cheese opposite free chocolate place

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.

Organic Vineyard

Organic Vineyard

Wine Garden

Wine Garden

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.

Selection of beers

Selection of beers

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..

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Nancy October 30, 2009 at 4:00 AM

What?!? Free wine, cheese, AND chocolate? Sign me up. Oh and I love beer tastings too. Yummy!
.-= Nancy´s last blog – Photo Essay: A Day in Portland, Oregon =-.

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Candice October 30, 2009 at 1:31 PM

Man, the whole chocolate thing sounds like a dream. And the wine. Oh, and the beer.
.-= Candice´s last blog – Gold =-.

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AdventureRob October 30, 2009 at 2:34 PM

Free headache too! But that’s probably the worst complaint in the world considering what I done to achieve it :)
.-= AdventureRob´s last blog – Fremantle Shipwreck Galleries =-.

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Grape Planting January 1, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Margaret River has some awesome wineries. Some other places to check out are: Voyager Estate, Brookland Valley, Leeuwin Estates, Madfish, etc. There are lots of little boutique wineries around as well.

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Benji - The Margaret River Guide September 14, 2010 at 4:04 AM

Sounds like fun Rob. Have you made it to Margaret River Yet? Sound like you have a taste for all the finest. There are 5 breweries down here and my personal favourite is the Colonial Breweries IPA on a cool day and their Whitbeer on a hot summers day, slips down a treat. As for the wineries plenty to choose from, I think there are over 70 cellar doors to choose from. Happy travels and hope you enjoy Margaret River when you go.
Benji – The Margaret River Guide´s latest blogpost – The Worlds Best – A Margaret River Chardonnay

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AdventureRob September 14, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Hi Benji, I passed Margaret river during my road trip yes :-) Didn’t go to any of the breweries though unfortunately.

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