Sittella Harvest Event


Saturday, a glorious day in the Swan Valley saw a gathering of wine and food bloggers for the inaugural Harvest@Sittella event. The day started in the rotunda on the lawns of the winery – with the impact of the recent deluge very evident, ...

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Raising Riesling 2016


Well, Raising Riesling, the yearly salute to those from the Great Southern, has been and gone – many wonderful Rieslings were tasted; oysters consumed; and canapés nibbled on the lawns behind the Royal Perth Yacht Club overlooking the ...

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Young Guns of Wine Uncut and Il Lido Cottesloe


Friday 2nd December saw the young guns of Australian wine at last land in Perth after a circuit around the country, displaying the best of the new breed of Australian winemakers. Twenty six winemakers, 52 wines for tasting all packed into the dining ...

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Raising Riesling 2016


One of my favourite wine events is looming – Raising Riesling for 2016. A celebration of the Rieslings of the Great Southern (the premier Riesling producing area of Australia), you will get to taste the best on offer from 22 wineries – an opportunity ...

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Riverbank Estate Winery and Restaurant


With the beautiful sounds of Cathrine Summers and her band we recently spent a leisurely day celebrating our daughter’s birthday at one the Swan Valley’s best restaurants – Riverbank Estate. Set among rolling lawns and looking out over the vine and ...

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Oakover Grounds


We hadn’t been to Oakover for some time and with a couple of visitors from Victoria looking for a casual place to eat in the Swan Valley, we decided it was just the spot. It is a rustic sort of place, very open and expansive dining area – with even ...

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The Nest at Sittella


Sittella Estate boasts one of the best restaurants in the Swan Valley, and with the addition of the Nest wine bar yet another reason to make the trip. With an outdoor area, under shady trees, as well as tables inside under cover, it has a marvellous ...

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Great Southern Pinot Tasting at Petition Wine


Last night we were invited to a tasting of the best of Great Southern Pinot Noir in the extremely attractive and comfortable surrounds of the Petition Wine Store in the State Buildings – and what better place to sample wine than surrounded by racked ...

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Due Jolly


We headed up to the Perth Hills on Sunday afternoon, dropping into Due Jolly, a small winery in Pickering Brook, in bucolic surrounds – pretty views over fruit trees to bushland – with a little outdoor area with tables and shade. With grapes sourced ...

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Chesters, at the Heafod Glen winery is a reasonably regular haunt of ours – well at least three or four visits a year I reckon, and we went along again a week ago. It has a rustic country sort of feel – the building originally a fruit drying shed and ...

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