Brown Hill


Brown Hill, a little south of Margaret River at Rosa Brook (around where my grandfather used to farm many years ago) has all dry grown vines on gravelly soils which while making for small yields also produce wines of great character and ...

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Duke’s annual Perth tasting


Duke’s in Porongurup Road is one of the best boutique wineries in WA producing outstanding Riesling and high quality Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon – as well as excellent sparkling and rosé wines in a beautiful cellar door at the foot of the stunning ...

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Figtree Estate


Fig Tree Estate in Millendon, just down the road from Lamonts, produced its first wine in 2011 and opened a cellar door last year. I dropped by a couple of weeks ago to sample what they had to offer. The cellar door is a small, but well fitted ...

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Rivendell is surrounded by picturesque gardens on Wildwood Road in Yallingup. There are a few chalets near to the restaurant and Howling Wolves has co-located their winery to the cellar door, having moved from their old premises on Bussell Highway, ...

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Olive Farm Wines


Olive Farm is the oldest winery in WA; for many years located in South Guildford, the move to the Swan Valley came around 2007, to a stunning purpose built, and architecturally award winning, winery in Millendon. The Yurisich’s make a great ...

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Lady FWO and I try to get out to Chesters at least two or three times a year – it is one of the many good restaurants to be found in the Swan Valley – in this case part of the Heafod Glen winery on West Swan Road at Henley Brook. We find the ...

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The Cheese Barrel at Olive Farm


The Cheese Barrel has been built next to the tasting room and cellars at Olive Farm, in the Swan Valley, with an outlook down to Susannah Brook which flows behind. The veranda is a great place to sit and enjoy a glass of wine or two with a ...

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Wine Show by the Bay


For the past six or so years what I think is the best small wine show in the State has been held at the University Club in Crawley. The setting at the Club in the grounds of UWA and resulting ambience helps, as does the quality of the wines on ...

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Wines of the week at the Mount Lawley Golf Club


Even if you view golf with my jaundiced eye, asserting as Mark Twain is alleged to have said, “a good walk ruined”, the clubs and surrounding grounds can certainly be classed as attractive and restful. Mt Lawley is to my eye one of the ...

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Wines of the Week – 5


2014 Miles from Nowhere Rose Sourced from vineyards around Cowaramup (my early boyhood home) this is a blend of Cabernet, Shiraz, Merlot, Malbec, with a little Petit Verdot for good measure. Soft salmon in colour, it shows pronounced cherry ...

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