Taste the Great Southern


Last weekend saw Great Southern winemakers showcasing their wares at Petition Wine Bar and Merchant, as part of the State Makers Festival – nine wineries were on display in the atrium area which was the old mail hall in the centre of the brilliantly ...

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Cellar Door in the City


Recently, as part of EatDrinkPerth, a pop up cellar door showcasing the wines of the Swan Valley and Perth Hills popped up at the Aviary – we were invited along by Nicola from Riverbank Estate and had the opportunity to re-new acquaintance with some ...

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Dormilona Wines at No Mafia


A couple of weeks ago Lady FWO and I went along to a dinner at one of our favourite small bars – No Mafia in William Street – which was held to celebrate new releases from innovative Margaret River winery, Dormilona. Together with splendid food – ...

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Moss Wood New Release Tasting


The scenic outlook of Matilda Bay restaurant was the setting for a tasting of new releases from one of Australia’s premier wineries – Moss Wood – last week. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon represents 40 years of Cabernet from the Willyabrup vineyard – ...

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Jane Brook Estate


On Toodyay Road, a little off the beaten track of Swan Valley wineries, Jane Brook Estate has been producing excellent wines for many years - certainly from the time David and Bev Atkinson bought the Vignacourt winery back in the early 1970s. Some ...

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Brygon Reserve Wines


Brygon Reserve Wines On my recent trip down South I dropped by Brygon Estate’s new cellar door on the Osmington Road, just along from Colonial Brewery. It is a picturesque place set amongst lawns and vines, and offering a wide range of wines to ...

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Firetail Wines


Firetail has a charming little cellar door in Rosa Glen, a place I know well – my grandfather farmed just a few hundred metres away from the winery – with a cosy tasting room, a deck out front to sit and enjoy the vista across the vines, a welcoming ...

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Simply Paella at Pinelli Estate


Pinelli Wines in the Swan Valley celebrated end of harvest with a function at their Caversham winery – sitting out under the vine covered patio on a warm autumn evening, Lady FWO and I, along with our daughter and son in law, and a good crowd of ...

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Due Jolly


Due Jolly, a rustic small winery in Pickering Brook, has picturesque surrounds – looking back over fruit trees to bushland – and an appealing little outdoor area with tables and shade. With grapes sourced from regions as far apart as Chittering and ...

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Riverbank Estate Winery and Restaurant


We have long regarded the restaurant at Riverbank Estate as one of the best in the Swan Valley – and our visit on Friday evening confirmed that opinion. We went along to sample some dishes from the new menu which is moving away from standard entrée, ...

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