Some of the most interesting wineries in Australia are right on Perth's doorstep, but with so many venues in the Swan Valley, how do you choose the best ones to visit on a day out?
Gourmet Lunch - d'Vine Wine Tours
Ewen and Breana Lawrie operate Perth's own d'Vine Wine Tours, which allows them to share some of their favourite boutique wineries, breweries, restaurants, gourmet food producers and art galleries in the Swan Valley with Perth locals and tourists alike. At just 25 minutes from Perth, a day in the valley is one of the most widely sought activities for hens days, bucks parties and corporate functions.
The d'Vine Tour, their most popular option, runs every Saturday and Sunday. As part of a small exclusive group, you can visit four picturesque wineries for tastings, as well as sample the fine food and liqueurs at Providore, beer at an award-winning brewery, and chocolate at the iconic Margaret River Chocolate Factory.
The d'Vine tour is $99 for adults and runs for a full day with a gourmet lunch and all transport provided. A driver will happily pick you up from several locations in the Perth CBD or Crown Casino.
A Friday afternoon sundowner tour caters for those who are lucky enough to be able to wrangle a half-day off at the end of the week. The half-day option includes premium wine tastings, chocolate and beer tastings, as well as an artisan cheese platter and fine food and liquor samples for an all-inclusive price of $65 per adult.
You can even organise a customised tour if there are some extra special venues you'd like to see or if you prefer beer or spirits to wine. Private charters range from $78-$128 per person and are available for groups of 15 or more, perfect for a hens party or birthday.