IT MIGHT be the oldest wine-producing region in WA, but there’s nothing old-fashioned about the Swan Valley.
In step with the hipster craft beer movement, the region – just a 25-minute drive from Perth – is home to nine breweries and cideries producing contemporary and creative drops including pilsners, ales, wheat beers, stouts, ciders and ginger beer.
The breweries and cideries are all feature in the new Swan Valley Cider and Ale Trail.
Launched last month, the trail is designed to provide a taste of what the valley has to offer.
The establishments are Elmar in the Valley, Duckstein Brewery, Funk Cider, Oakover Estate, Mash Brewery, Ironbark Brewery, Feral Brewing Company, Figtree Estate and the Homestead Brewery.
City of Swan mayor Mike Wainwright said the trail brought another exciting tourism experience to the region.
“While the Swan Valley is characterised by many third- and fourth-generation family-owned wineries, there’s also a growing number of talented brewers in the region,” he said.
“This just adds to the already burgeoning mix of wineries, fresh produce and eateries, and helps to make the Swan Valley an even more desirable location for local, interstate and international visitors.”