Perth has to be one of the best cities in the World to be when you have a sunny day and want to plan an outdoor activity. With an average of nine hours sunshine a day and 131 perfect ‘clear blue sky’ days per annum, making it the sunniest capital city in Australia, it means that most days of the year you can get outdoors and do something fun. From surfing to snorkelling, cycling to roller blading, fishing to wine tasting or just chilling on a beach, there are a plenty of activities that range from relaxing to energetic right on Perth’s doorstep.
This particular Sunday I decided that my sunny day would be spent with my family out in the Swan Valley, around 30 minutes drive East of Perth, having a picnic in a Swan Valley vineyard, one of many that sit on the banks of the Swan River.
The vineyard I chose for our day out was Houghton, one of the larger and better known wineries in the region having been founded back in 1836 and who now claim to be the tenth largest bottle brand in Australia. The Houghton cellar door and grounds sit on a site of approximately 50 hectares next to the Swan River a short drive off of the Great Northern Highway.
Our picnic area was set on Houghton’s green lawn right next to the vines and under the shade of one of their magnificent Jacaranda trees, just a short walk away from the Houghton cafe and cellar door where a band were playing a mix of classic hits and Christmas songs for the kids. Although we had brought a few bits with for us for the picnic it was hard to resist the smell of freshly cooked pizza, so I purchased a couple from the cafe along with a bottle of Houghton’s classic white (which the lady at the cellar door told me was a mix of Chenin Blanc, Verdelho and Chardonnay) and sat down to enjoy my lazy Sunday afternoon whilst watching the kids run around the gardens and through the vines. Luckily for me I wasn’t the poor old designated driver so managed to get through my fair share of Houghton’s wine as well.
If you are in Perth and want to enjoy a relaxing day in Swan Valley vineyards then why not join one of the Explore Tours Perth day trips? Head to the Explore Swan Valley page on ExploreToursPerth.com to find out more details and book yourself on a trip.
* Explore Tours Perth have no affiliation with Houghton Wines and receive no commission from them, although they are on the ExploreToursPerth.com preferred destination list. You can find out more about Houghton on their website – www.houghton-wines.com.au