SWAN VAL­LEY, WA

Australian Traveller - - The 100 -

Five things you prob­a­bly didn’t know about Western Aus­tralia’s Swan Val­ley: It’s ridicu­lously handy to Perth; with 1. gor­geous vis­tas of rolling hills and end­less grape vines stretch­ing on for as far as the eye can see, the Swan Val­ley is only around 30 min­utes’ drive from Perth, mak­ing it a per­fect get­away. It is WA’s old­est wine re­gion, hav­ing 2. cel­e­brated the 180th an­niver­sary of the plant­ing of the first vines in 2014; the first com­mer­cial vin­tage was re­leased in 1834. There are more than 40 winer­ies scat­tered 3. through­out the val­ley, in­clud­ing names like San­dal­ford, Houghtons and Man­doon Es­tate. It is Aus­tralia’s first and only Hu­mane Food 4. Re­gion, with a com­mit­ment to hu­mane farm­ing prac­tices and the wel­fare of an­i­mals. The 32-kilo­me­tre Food & Wine Trail 5. is a self-guided tour that takes in 150 restau­rants, winer­ies, brew­eries, cafes, art gal­leries and dis­til­leries.

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