Swan Valley Wine Tour from Fremantle, Australia

by Janis on February 28, 2013

I flew to Perth, Australia before heading to the port city of Fremantle to join Holland America Line’s Grand World Voyage for two weeks.

Most of the guests have been on board since January 5th when the ship left Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on to sail around the world on a 115-day journey.

After my first night on the ship, I was anxious to explore Western Australia before we set sail to Indonesia.  Specifically,  I wanted to visit some Australia wineries, so I booked the West Coast Wineries tour through Holland America’s shore excursions.  

Thanks for coming along on my adventure.

West Coast Wineries Tour of Australia’s Swan Valley

Just outside of the Fremantle port we boarded a bus and headed east to Perth and the Swan Valley.  I headed to the back of the bus — where I could get two seats to myself and where the fun people tend to sit.

Perth from bus As we traveled to Perth we followed along the banks of the Swan River. We got a good view of the Perth skyline.


Swan ValleyThe drive seemed to go on forever, but finally — wine grapes appear outside the window. After more than an hour of driving, I’m disappointed to learn that we only have 30 minutes at the first winery.


HoughtonHoughton has been producing wine since 1859, nearly 175 years.  It has beautiful grounds.


HoughtonAs hurried as we are, our gracious tasting host takes us through a tasting of six wines — 3 whites and 3 reds.  My favorite of the tasting was the White Classic, made in the style of a white Burgundy.


HoughtonHoughton wines feature two swans on their labels. Despite our guide’s trying to hurry us, a number of us buy wine.  Everyone would have liked to have stayed longer at this winery.


Sandalford Our next stop was Sandalford’s Caversham Estate –one of Western Australia’s largest privately owned wineries. The winery has a restaurant and offers concerts on the park-like grounds.


Sandalford wineryOur visit started with a tour of the wine-making operation. This room was the most appealing part of the tour, because it was cool in temperature.


misting at Sandalford EstateThe misting areas were popular since the day was quite warm.  Our stay at this winery was about an hour, including the tour and tasting.


Perth ArenaWe headed back to Fremantle, this time taking a route through downtown Perth, catching a bus-window view of the new Perth Arena.  With traffic, our tour arrived back in Fremantle just in time for all aboard.


sailing away from Fremantle, AustraliaSoon we are sailing away from Fremantle. So long Australia!

Next time I visit I’d like to arrange my own transportation to the Swan Valley for a better wine tasting experience.  But if that’s not available, I’d recommend this tour.

Have you tasted wines in Western Australia? Would you like to? Please share your thoughts below in comments. 

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