As we slowly embrace the sweater weather and retreat into semi-hibernation through the chilly months, savouring an occasional sunny day with a trip through the Swan Valley is an absolute must for the average wine lover.
We here at Vashti have devised a quick guide for a cruelty free trip through the Swan Valley with our top picks for those who relish a good wine and a great meal.
Image: Mandoon Estate
First on the list is the critically acclaimed Mandoon Estate. Being one of Western Australia’s most famous wineries, it is no surprise that this premium estate accommodates to our compassionate community. Their 2012 Cabernet Merlot, 2010 Research Cabernet, 2010 Reserve Frankland River Shiraz, 2012 Old Vine Shiraz and 2011 Old Vine Grenache, are all vegan friendly! Before booking a table in their restaurant be sure to inform the staff that you are vegan and the chefs are great at infusing flavours to suit your palette.
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 9am – 8.30pm
Image: Harris Organic Winery
Wouldn’t it be nice to walk into a winery and be able to order pretty much anything on the wine list? Well if your thought process is like us, then be sure to visit Harris Organic Winery. This one of a kind estate was founded by Duncan Harris and produces a range of dry white and red table wines, dessert wines and fortified wines. The best part? All their wines and liquor are vegan friendly.
Opening hours: Thursday to Monday from 11am – 4.30pm
Image: Sandalford Winery
For those who enjoy experiencing a slice of luxury, Sandalford is definitely a destination you have add to your Swan Valley list. This gorgeous establishment was founded in 1840 and is one of Western Australia’s oldest privately-owned wineries. Located on jaw-dropping grounds, the pristine estate is well worth a wander! For our plant-based friends, you will be happy to know that only six wines on their extensive wine list are not vegan friendly. With a friendly team, be sure to inform the staff of your dietary requirements and they will take care of the rest!
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 10am – 5pm
Image: The Advocate
Talijancich Wines is another winery to add to the list where all the wines on offer are vegan friendly — what a time to be alive! When it comes to the cooler months, a good fortified wine is a great choice to sooth the soul, especially when it comes to ‘comfort drinking’. Talijancich Wines has an incredibly large range of fortified wines that will be sure to make winter that much sweeter. Interestingly, Talijancich Wines remains one of the few producers in the Swan Valley region that focuses on wines made solely from Swan Valley fruit.
Opening hours: Wednesday to Monday from 10.30am to 4.30pm
Image: Swan Valley Cafe
After all that wine sipping, you must be ready for some hearty vegan cuisine. Of course, the Swan Valley Café makes the top of our list when it comes to lavish food that is powered by plants! This quaint café opened its doors in 2010 with a mission to create a place of well-being and health for all individuals through natural and sustainable eating. Definitely make Swan Valley Café on your stop over list and enjoy a plethora of delicious choices for either breakfast or lunch.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 5pm
Whether you are after an afternoon of wine loving or want to escape the city for a more relaxed setting, the Swan Valley region is a must for any time of year.
Written by Krithika Ramnarayan