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A brand new boutique wine festival for the Swan Valley
Perth has not seen a Swan Valley wine festival since 'Spring in the Valley' finished in October 2010, but all that is about to change with a new boutique wine festival – Valley & Vines on the Labour Day Sunday, 3rd March.
Valley & Vines festival will see wine lovers choose from only six participating boutique venues with festival goers setting their own itinerary depending on their desire and interests.
The thirty minute break between each session allows people to travel between the locations for each session.
Each venue will offer their beverages and have a variety of food and entertainment options. This festival is what Perth wine lovers want, an offering for the older demographic that is interested in wine selected venues across the day.
Valley & Vines festival offers 'sessions' to festival goers rather than just opening the doors and allowing customers to stay as long as they like. This allows people to experience three different cellar door experiences and enjoy multiple surroundings.
Sessions are pre-booked on the Valley & Vines website for each session with a charge of $30 per person (plus $5 booking fee per ticket for postage & handling) payable on the website in order to book.
Tickets will be mailed to the primary contact on your booking. This will include a lanyard and an itinerary based on your choices. Lanyards cannot be replaced and will prove as identification as a ticket holder. This lanyard must be worn throughout the day. No lanyard, no entry.
Upon arrival at the first session of the day, people will receive their branded Valley & Vines wine glass to be used throughout the day (additional glasses available for purchase at each venue) along with a token for their first drink (120ml pour) which is only valid at their first session.
Each venue will have their own entertainment, food offerings and wines available on the day.
Valley & Vines Festival will not allow any fancy dress into the festival and anyone wearing it will be refused entry into all sessions. As this is an 18 plus event due to liquor licensing regulations no children are permitted and photo identification may be required upon entry to each venue.
There will be no gate sales on the day. Tickets will need to be pre-purchased through the Valley & Vines website. Tickets are subject to availability so once sold out, there are no more!
Valley & Vines Festival will go ahead rain or shine. We recommend plenty of sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses or a rain coast if weather indicates.
You can drive your car (designate a driver!), arrange your own bus with friends or family or you can pre-purchase a seat on one of the Valley & Vines buses.
These buses will leave from three different locations - South Perth, Guildford & Stirling and are an additional $40 per person.
Water will be provided free at each location. Please note that bags may be searched and these items held until after the session.
Participating Vines venues include:
Ugly Duckling Wines
A family operated vineyard and cellar door located in the heart of the Swan Valley. They pride themselves on offering premium wines coupled with that old fashioned personal touch.
Enjoy the wine tastings from our charming, rustic cottage. All their wines are handpicked and produced locally. Ugly Duckling Wines also offer meat or cheese platters, a trio of dips, quiche or gourmet Bindoon Bakehaus pies with salad to tempt your tastebuds. A visit to Ugly Duckling Wines is a must.
Olive Farm Wines
Olive Farm Wines is a fourth generation family winery located in the heart of the Swan Valley.
The Yurisich family took ownership of Olive Farm Wines in 1933 and have been making a diverse range of wines ever since, including method champenoise, white, red and fortified wines.
They built their brand new winery in 2007 and they are continuing in the Yurisich family tradition of winemaking, with father and son doing everything from growing the grapes, making and bottling the wine.
Olive Farm Wines has over twenty-five wines to offer and we are confident you will find a favourite or two.
Chesters of Heaford Glen
Chesters Restaurant, situated in the heart of the Swan Valley, is the quintessential dining experience for lovers of food and wine. Representing over 100 years of Swan Valley tradition, the converted stable embodies the rugged yet distinguished style of the region.
The ever evolving seasonal menu upholds the Chesters tradition: Five-star food and service in a relaxed and friendly environment, incorporating the best local produce available.
Their cellar door showcases a range of award-winning Heafod Glen wines, as well as their own produce, such as infused olive oils and housemade Dukkah.
Winner of numerous accolades ranging from local and state-wide business awards to Gold Plate and R&CIA, Chesters is simply a must for locals and tourists alike.
Harris Organic Wine
Established in 1998, Harris Organic Wines is the only certified organic winery in the Swan Valley.
Harris' produce a wide range of certified organic* (low or no preservative) wines that include: Shiraz, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Verdelho and a sweet Muscato style (Rose Muscat), as well as a delightful Sparkling Chardonnay (Methode Champenoise).
Harris' also make several varieties of dessert wines such as Pedro Ximenez and Muscat as well as a wood-fired distilled brandy.
Organic winemaking means sustainable vineyard practices with no chemical inputs. Harris' do not irrigate the vineyard, and the vines have been raised to thrive on rainfall alone.
With picturesque gardens, an exceptional vineyard and majestic river gums surrounding Carilley Estate, there's a breathtaking view wherever you look. The family-run vineyard has been part of the Swan Valley region for over fifty years.
In 2002 the accompanying restaurant opened its doors for the first time and has since made a name for itself as an ideal place to sample the best locally produced food and wine.
A wide selection of Carilley's award winning wines are available along with a variety of boutique beers and ciders on offer. Guests can expect delicious meals with a modern Australian/Mediterranean feel prepared by executive chef Tony Reliti and his experienced staff.
You can be assured that you will enjoy quality German-style dining and premium hand-crafted beer set in the most pleasant surroundings.
The Duckstein Brewery was one of the pioneers of craft brewing in Western Australia's popular Swan Valley where it continues to offer a traditional German dining experience and live music on weekends. The Duckstein is surrounded by towering gumtrees which create a wonderful ambience for alfresco dining.