The Swan Valley is home to the oldest vineyards in the State, with many of the oldest wineries as well producing some of WA’s best wines. But it also contains many young and innovative winemakers who are pushing the envelope in relation to wine styles and blends.
Some of these winemakers and fellow enthusiasts have banded together to form Swan Garagistas, a collective sharing and collaborating, encouraging creativity and change, and on October 3rd the launch of the vision takes place. Tickets are for sale from Eventbrite (you get the location of the day on purchase, so I won’t give that away but of course it is in the Valley!)
There will be a Welcome to Country from Shaun Nannup, a talk by wine and food writer Max Veenhuyzen, tasting of wines from 6 of the individual makers – Chalari, Swan Valley Wines, Yume, Local Weirdos, Chouette and Ohkela – a pop up shop where you can buy and take home bottles, a wine bar to grab a glass or two, food by Short Order Burgers, and music to while away the afternoon.
The Swan Garagistas term themselves Sans Foutre Winemakers and Artisans of the Valley – and while I will leave it you to translate the French the phrase does describe their approach to winemaking. (I have to say all those years ago when I was -I hesitate to say learning, lets just say studying – French I am sure our teacher Mrs Gratt never used that word in class – although she may well have muttered it to herself as she left the room after another attempt to instil the language into us.)
Anyway, this should be a fabulous afternoon of wine, food and music, so get in quick as tickets are almost all gone.