15th January, 2024

Heading to the Swan Valley for a day of wining and dining? Here are the best wineries in the Swan Valley to help you plan your trip.

Since British settlers planted the first vines in the Swan Valley in 1829, the area has grown into one of the top Australian wine regions. Now home to over 40 wineries, there are stacks of places to sample the best wines and dine on local produce.

Whether you’re looking for the best winery for a decadent lunch or a place to sample wine where your dog will be welcome, here are the best Swan Valley wineries for all occasions.

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1. Sandalford

Sandalford Cellar
Sandalford. Image credit: Tourism WA

Nestled on the banks of the Swan River, Sandalford’s open kitchen and restaurant overlooks the winery’s expansive vineyards. Their menu features classic European dishes with a contemporary Australian twist. Chef Alan Spagnolo utilises fresh local produce to create unique dishes such as kangaroo fillet tonnato.

Sandalford’s cellar door offers the chance to taste from their list of premium Swan Valley and Margaret River wines. Tastings are $10 per person for 5 wines. Or make a reservation for lunch or dinner and arrive early to sample 4 wines complimentary.

2. Nikola Estate

The Yukich family continues four generations of wine-making in the Swan Valley at their latest venture, Nikola Estate. The restaurant, Woodcutters, pays homage to the region’s multicultural and agricultural heritage. For an indulgent lunch in the beautiful rural setting, book their 5-course degustation with paired wines.

Lunch amongst the vines in the Swan Valley

3. Mandoon Estate

Wine tasting at Mandoon Estate
Mandoon Estate. Image credit: Tourism WA

Just next door to Sandalford, Mandoon offers a range of lunch options to suit all tastes. For an incredible fine dining experience, head to Wild Swan. The innovative seasonal menu highlights local produce and flavours in dishes such as Margaret River wagyu rump with native five spice.

For a more casual Swan Valley lunch, Homestead Brewery offers classic pub dishes like burger and pizza. On sunny weekends, Mandoon opens the Llawn for relaxed get-togethers outside. Bring a blanket and enjoy some of Mandoon’s award-winning wines with a pizza or picnic hamper on the grass.

4. Sittella Winery

Sitella Winery
Sitella Winery

Head to Sittella for a winery lunch with unbeatable views over the vineyards. Their menu draws on the abundant WA produce to include classic dishes such as lamb rack and WA king prawns. Or try their weekend set menu for a great value 3-course lunch amongst the vineyards.

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5. Lancaster Wines

Tasting at Lancaster Estate
Lancaster Wines

If you love wine, but don’t love the pretentious posturing that can sometimes come with it, then Lancaster Wines is the place for you. Soak up the relaxed vibe of this laidback winery as you sip and sample wines at their outdoor tasting shed.

In winter, enjoy warming red wines by the potbelly fire and in summer, cool down with a refreshing white amongst the green of the vineyards. With excellent cheese and charcuterie boards on the menu, it’s a brilliant place to while away an afternoon with friends.

6. Garbin Estate

Sample wines as you get to know the family that makes them at Garbin Estate. The rustic cellar door offers the chance to sample their premium whites, reds, sparkling and fortified, and hear the wine’s stories from the family members themselves.

Garbin Estate specialises in methode traditionelle sparkling wines – the method used to produce Champagne. Take a seat and enjoy a glass with a cheeseboard (pre-ordered) for an authentic Swan Valley winery experience.

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7. Riverbank

Riverbank Winery
Riverbank Winery. Image: Riverbank Winery

Feel like you’re a million miles from the city in the tranquil surrounds of Riverbank Estate. Tucked away in a quiet corner of the Swan Valley, Riverbank commands exceptional views of the surrounding vineyards. Unsurprisingly, it’s a popular spot for weddings. The restaurant features seafood from their live fish tanks or you can simply sample their delicious wines at the cellar door.

8. Windy Creek

Windy Creek
Windy Creek. Image: Tourism WA

Established in 1937 by Ante Cobanov, Windy Creek Estate is a distinctive boutique winery offering one of the most breathtaking panoramas in the Swan Valley. With a legacy spanning over 80 years, the estate, now owned and operated by 3rd generation winemaker Tony Cobanov, has gained renown for crafting exceptional wines.

Specialising in single vineyard estate-grown wines, Windy Creek Estate takes pride in its range, featuring crisp white styles, earthy and well-balanced reds, and indulgent fortified wines.

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9. Edgecombe Brothers

Edgecombe Brothers
Edgecombe Brothers. Image: Tourism WA

Tuck into a delicious meal at the expansive alfresco dining at Edgecombe Brothers. The rustic winery offers a relaxed outdoor setting to enjoy good food and wine with friends, including four-legged ones. There’s also a playground for wine lovers with kids in tow.

10. Ugly Duckling

There’s no need to leave your dog at home if you fancy one of Ugly Duckling’s frozen rosè slushies on a hot day! The boutique winery welcomes dogs in their large alfresco dining area. For the humans, they offer gourmet pies, tasting plates, and complimentary wine tastings of up to four wines.

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11. Swan Garagistas

While the Swan Valley is WA’s oldest wine region, it is still often overshadowed by its southern cousin, Margaret River. The Swan Garagistas aims to smash the perception that the Swan Valley is a second rate region with their collection of contemporary winemakers.

Discover the modern, minimal intervention styles by exploring the wineries in the Swan Garagistas collection including Swan Valley Wines, Chouette, Ohkela, Chalari, Local Weirdos and Yume.

12. Harris Organic

Harris Organic Wines have been growing organic wine and produce long before the word ‘wellness’ entered the common vernacular. They offer wine tastings by appointment only, so be sure to book.

Bring the family to these kid-friendly Swan Valley wineries

13. Olive Farm

Olive Farm
Olive Farm. Image credit: Olive Farm

Wine tasting is an adult-only activity. So to keep the kids entertained, and allow the adults to sample in peace, Olive Farm has dedicated a corner of the cellar door to kids. Here the younger ones can play with toys and tablets while the adults enjoy from their range 40 different wines.

14. Oakover Wines

Oakover Wines is another fantastic Swan Valley winery bought to us by the Yukich family of Nikola Estate. The café / restaurant offers casual dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner on the banks of a tranquil lake. For the kids, there’s plenty of grass to run around on, giant garden games and free water trikes to keep them occupied.

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