The region is 30 minutes drive from Perth. Start your day in Guildford visiting the Swan Valley Visitor Information Centre for Things to do in Guildford Swan Valley | Heritage, walk trails, maps, restaurants, cafes, attractions, bars, pubs, tours, accommodation. It might be hard to tear yourself away from Guildford. Promise yourself a return trip, that will make it easier.
You will have picked up a complimentary map of the Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail or perhaps a kids trail. There is something for everyone in the Swan Valley.
The vineyards are often family affairs going back several generations adding to the sense of place and time to the area. Europeans from the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe brought the skills in producing fortified wines and the warm climate shiraz, cabernet, chenin blanc, liqueur shiraz, liqueur verdelho knowledge. Combined with a desire to succeed Swan Valley wineries are the understated stars of Western Australia.
There are the bigger players of the Australian wine industry in the area as well. These vineyards are usually part of the bus tours as well as river cruises. The Mandoon estate is a restaurant, winery, brewery and art gallery park. The public cellar door is open year round or you can book a private tasting in the underground cellar. Another big hitter is Sandalford Winery (circa 1840), with its well stocked gift shop and superb wine cellar it is on most tourist bus itineraries. Sandlaford is supported by a restaurant specialising in regional produce. Dignity and a plethora of awards for Sandalford’s contribution to tourism are a hallmark of the winery entrance.
Mandoon Estate and Sandalford Winery are slick and polished with gift shops and restaurants at your fingertips. Yet for those with an opportunity to explore the byroads of the Swan Valley and armed with a visitor guide map of the region you have choices galore where and how long you visit a destination.
Forget about packing a picnic lunch. In fact it would be a crime not to leave room for all the delicious delicacies coming your way. The Swan Valley is awash with eateries, cafes, artisan preserves and confectionary taste treats. You will be tempted with tasting delights which invariably end up in your bulging goodie bag. There are numerous places Restaurants, Wineries, Breweries & Cideries to encourage you to stop, enter and fall in love with the latest yummy treat. A day eating your way the Swan Valley is a definite possibility.