Within an easy 30 minute drive east from Perth lies the historic wine region of the Swan Valley, well known world wide for its award winning wines. The region is built on a unique history and heritage blending Indigenous, pioneering colonial and southern European roots. Nyoongar Aboriginal people have inhabited the region for at least 40,000 years, and are the traditional owners of the Swan Valley. Captain James Stirling first sighted the Valley in 1827, and quickly realised the Valley’s rich and fertile soils would sustain settlement and the first agricultural ventures by colonial settlers began in 1829.
Southern European migrants arrived in the Swan Valley after World War I and then again after World War II, drawing upon their wine making skills from home to help make the Swan Valley what it is today. It’s proudly the oldest wine region in Western Australia and you can follow a 32 kilometres loop to enjoy wineries, breweries, restaurants, cafes, arts, crafts, museums and shop for fresh produce.
See the Swan Valley Map in the map section for a huge choice of wineries and restaurants. Sample free tastings of wines and local produce such as olives, cheese, coffee and chocolate. Visit swanvalley.com.au or drop into the Swan Valley Visitor Centre, corner of Meadow and Swan Streets Guildford. Open seven days.