Travel east to the Swan Valley, passing views of the beautiful city of Perth and the Swan River en route. Follow in the footsteps of the first colonial settlers as you journey into this fertile farming region. Visit Houghton’s Winery, where the first commercial vintage was produced in 1859. In fact, this winery, located at the edge of the Swan Valley, includes a homestead that dates back to 1863 and is listed by the National Historic Trust. Enjoy a wine tasting here.Tour Sandalford’s Caversham Estate--one of Western Australia’s largest privately owned wineries. The estate produces 90,000 cases per year, including 11 premium table wines, a port and a dessert wine. Your stop at Sandalford’s also includes a wine tasting while you visit the cellar. Historic winemaking techniques and tools are on display here.Notes:Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair. Minimum age to consume alcohol is 18 years. To participate in the wine tasting portion of this tour you must be of legal age and accompanied by an adult age 21 or older. Tour does not operate on holidays.Corkage Policy: Onboard corkage fee is waived for one bottle of wine per person per tour for wine purchased during a Holland America Line shore excursion.
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We traveled east to the Swan Valley passing views of the City of Perth and Swan River on the way. We journeyed through fertile farming valleys to our first stop at Sandalford’s Caversham Estate. The estate produces 90,000 cases per year including many premium table wines. After touring the cellars, we ended in the tasting area. We tasted six different wines including chardonnay, rose, shiraz and cabernet.
Our coach passengers reassembled for a 10 minute trip to Houghton’s, the next winery. It features historic buildings and gardens including a magnificent jacaranda grove. There was no cellar tour available, but our group dove right into a tasting of another five delicious wines. We also wandered through an art exhibition of local artists and a wine museum. Two groups of twentyish age women arrived by mini-bus to provide some variety from the 70-80 age ladies that inhabit the ship. Apparently these pre-wedding parties are frequent in the Swan Valley.
We all staggered back to the bus and returned to the port by noon. Nap time for the afternoon, but a good tour and worth visiting.