Monday, August 06, 2007

Vineyards and Wines @ Swan Valley

Swan Valley is on the East of Perth, about 30 minutes drive away. This place is one of the well known producer of good wines around Western Australia. A drive down the road will bring one to the countryside with stretching green farms and vineyards, with the Swan river flowing down the valley. Unfortunately, I chose the wrong season to visit because it is winter now. The grapes have been harvested and leaves shed off. I could only see rows of tree trunks and twigs in the vineyard.

On the way, I managed to spot a Qantas A330 on a final approach to Perth Airport.

There are various sizes of wine producers ranging from large commercial to small time home wineries. Big commercial vineyards and wineries normally attract more visitors but they do charge for wine tasting. Small private vineyards are more rundown but one feels homely because the winemakers attend to their visitors closely and allow them to visit the wine cellars. Wine tasting is free and I personally like the wines produced by them. The taste is very unique which is different to those commercially produced.

Lunch break at Elmar's for fresh German beers and sausages.

A trip to Swan Valley is never complete without a visit to the Margaret River Chocolate Factory for that mad chocolate adrenaline rush.

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