Casey is a wine blogger who currently lives in Perth's Swan Valley wine region. She loves supporting the local West Australian wine industry through her writing and drinking! Visit her blog at https://travellingcorkscrew.com.au
Published August 17th 2017
There's no denying the fact that I am a complete wino. I have been wine blogging for 7 years as of last month, and well, I've consumed my fair share of wine over the years. Mr Spittoon (the other half) and I visited Perth in 2012 to see family who had moved here, and well in 2017 we now have a house in the Swan Valley and feel like we're locals.
To be honest, the biggest draw of living in Perth isn't the amazing beaches, the year-round decent weather (mostly) or the closeness to Asian holiday destinations. It's the wine!
The fact I can still have a city job and live in a wine region is darn cool. You can't do that in many places in the world. From Perth's Swan Valley to the Perth Hills, Geographe, Margaret River and the Great Southern, there are 9 different wine regions in this great state to explore and to provide our thirsty palates with pleasure.
Which brings me to this article. I really wanted to share some of my favourite wine experiences with you all. Of course, there are many that I can mention, however these ones you need to do at least once in your lifetime – especially if you live in Perth!
1. A day out in the Swan Valley
If I got a dollar for every time I heard someone say 'but it's too far' or 'I went on a stag/hen's tour out there once' – then I'd be rich! To really experience the Valley, I would strongly recommend heading out on your own self-guided tour so you can hit up some of the hidden gems like Tyler's Vineyard, Pandemonium Estate, Olive Farm Wines, Upper Reach Winery, John Kosovich, Windy Creek, Pinelli Estate and more!
2. The Lake House – Denmark
The Lake House has a gorgeous spot in Denmark (WA's Great Southern region). They do fantastic platters and wine which is why it makes it a must-visit stop on your next trip to Denmark. What I also love about The Lake House is that alongside the wine they have a range of gourmet foodie treats called VinoFood which are wine-inspired food products. But that's not all folks, there is also the WineSpa range which is a range of beauty products, also infused with wine. So, it's safe to say The Lake House is a wine lover's heaven! If you live in Perth and can't make it down to Denmark, you can also visit Just In Time Gourmet online who stock many of The Lake House wines, VinoFood and WineSpa products. They offer free Perth metro delivery.
3. Whicher Ridge Wines – Geographe
Have you ever heard of a wine sensory garden? There aren't many of these in the world and WA is lucky enough to be home to one! Top notch wine producer, Whicher Ridge Wines, have a strong affinity for gardening and wine so they brought the two together! The sensory garden is 42 metres by 25 metres and highlights the different grape varieties grown by Whicher Ridge. The garden helps us consumers understand the aromas and flavours in each of the wines alongside which fruit, herbs and veggies match or have an affinity for a wine. It is such a wonderful experience visiting Whicher Ridge and it's not even a 3-hour drive from Perth! If you go, make sure to say hello to wine dog Polly too!
4. Stay at a Vineyard
There are several wineries throughout WA which offer onsite accommodation from Mandoon Estate and Upper Reach Winery in the Swan Valley to Bonking Frog in the Geographe. In Margaret River places like Cullen Wines in Wilyabrup and Sienna Estate also have accommodation options. The best bit about staying on a vineyard is that you typically don't have to walk far to stock up on wine to get you through the night!
5. UnWined Subiaco
UnWined Subiaco must be one of my favourite wine festivals of the year. It's held in Subiaco and it's a great opportunity to try a myriad of West Australian wines in the one spot. The festival is always well organised and laid out with plenty of wines to try, food options and more! The festival typically happens over a Saturday and Sunday near the end of October every year.
These are only some of the awesome wine-y experiences we literally have right on our doorstep here in West Australia – us wine lovers are truly spoilt for choice!
Another two awesome wine experiences are the Urban Wine Walk, where bars pair with wineries to provide an afternoon of walking, wine tasting and food specials, in Northbridge, Perth or Fremantle (quarterly I think) - visitwww.urbanwinewalk.com.au - warning tickets sell pretty quickly. And the other one is the Wine Loft at Queens Hotel which features wines from a specific region - the best bit is the amazing cheese / charcuterie table which is amazingly generous and is kept stocked during the event, plus you usually get some freshly shucked oysters plus a goodie back to take home - amazing value this one!