Some 180 years later, more than 40 wineries exist in the region and will open their doors to the influx of tourists today and tomorrow for the Swan Valley Vintage Weekend.
The grape harvest is winding up and the exciting time to turn that fruit into wine is upon the Valley. The event will see all the original vineyards, as well as recent entrepreneurial operations, host special events all weekend.
Swan Valley and Regional Winemakers Association spokeswoman Julie Church said the events this year would range from vintage markets and car shows to a big band concert.
‘Last year’s festival was very successful, with nearly all the venues having sold-out events,’ she said.
‘It’s the perfect time to join us, enjoy some fine wine and experience first-hand the crafting of Swan Valley wine from vineyard to bottle.’
Swanbrook Winery and Cafe owners Theresa and Rob Marshall produced their winery’s first vintage this year and will play a significant role in the weekend’s events, hosting vintage markets, a band, vintage cars and live music.
‘This year is really special because it’s the 180th year so everyone in the Swan Valley is going that extra bit further,’ Mrs Marshall said.
The region has a strong Croatian and southern Italian heritage and the warm climate produces exceptional wine.
These include chenin blanc, verdelho, shiraz and fortified wines.