SWAN VALLEY, WA
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.