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Oenophiles, it’s time to raise your glasses to the myriad ways Perth celebrates
wine – whether its horse-drawn wine tours, basement wine bars or day trips to
one of the country’s oldest wine regions. Chin-chin! words Christina Pickard
the wine lover`s
Guide to Perth
Best Wine Bars
ANDALUZ BAR AND TAPAS, CBD
What do you get when Spain collides with
Australia? A list of mostly Spanish wines, plus tapas
with a contemporary twist in a sleek, historic setting.
Best for Wooing a corporate client.
BAD APPLES BAR, ARDROSS
Wine-tasting machines allow you to swap your
credit card for a tasting card and go nuts. Worry
about the bill later.
Best for The indecisive among us.
It’s small plates of authentic Spanish fare and a mostly
Iberian wine list at Perth’s original tapas bar.
Best for Kickstarting the night.
A tiny, unpretentious, tucked-away gem showcasing
local artwork, seasonal produce, and constantly
rotating, unusual wines scribbled on a chalkboard.
Best for Impressing a first date.
LALLA ROOKH WINE STORE, CBD
Weird and wonderful small batch, mostly ‘natural’
wines, down-to-earth staff, and Italian comfort food.
Best for After-work drinks.
MUST WINEBAR, HIGHGATE
Hard-to-find wines from around the world. Buy a bottle
to take home or have it delivered to your door.
Best for Date night.
THE PRECINCT, EAST VICTORIA PARK
A small but perfectly formed list comprises wines
from small-scale, über-cool producers. Excellent
Best for Weeknight tipple.
PRINT HALL BAR, CBD
One of the best wines lists in all of Australia, from
ancient icons to the hottest new producers. Ask for
recommendations and get adventurous.
Best for Impressing a visitor.
STEVES FINE WINE AND FOOD, NEDLANDS
A mammoth cellar stocked with gems, wine-friendly
European bistro food, tasting machines, and
a plethora of wine events.
Best for Unleashing your inner wine geek.
THE WINE STORE + KITCHEN, EAST FREMANTLE
This cosy-yet-classy local watering hole serves
up mostly artisan wines with shared plates of
Best for Chillaxing with friends.
1. D’VINE WINE TOURS
Run by energetic young couple Ewen Lawrie and Breana
Agnello, this Swan Valley tour is a little cooler than most,
and is perfect for those who want to focus more on wine
education and less on getting pissed. dvinetours.com.au.
2. BICKLEY VALLEY HORSE TOURS
What better way to see the Perth Hills’ Bickley Valley than
on horseback? The Cellar Door Tour is a three-hour jaunt to
some of the region’s top wineries. Wines purchased can be
collected back at base. bickleyvalleyhorsetours.com.
3. SWAN VALLEY WAGON TRAILS
If you’re more comfortable being pulled by a horse
than riding on one, this tour is for you. An afternoon in
a Clydesdale-drawn, weatherproof wagon includes stops
at local wineries, as well as olive oil, honey, and ice-cream
4. BURGUNDY WINE TOURS
Only 20 minutes from Perth’s CBD, the lush Chittering
Valley Wine Trail offers a more off-the-beaten-track, intimate
experience where you’ll get to speak to the winemakers/
owners in small groups. burgundywinetours.com.au.
5. TASTE BUD TOURS
Unleash the wino and foodie in you by participating in
a Speed Grazing tour of wineries, breweries, coffee
houses, chocolate makers and a lavender farm, all in the
Swan Valley. tastebudtours.com.au.
Full Bottle (www.fullbottle.net.au) | Run from
the Wine Education Centre in the Claremont
Showgrounds, Full Bottle offers Wine and Spirit
Education Trust (WSET) courses of varying levels,
as well as themed tastings and courses.
School of Wine (www.schoolofwine.com.au) |
Offers independent, ‘snob-free’ wine classes and
socials held at bars and restaurants around Perth,
as well as corporate and private events at one’s
home or choice of venue.
Must Winebar (must.com.au) | Wine education
masterclasses with Must wine buyer and
consultant Paul McArdle, as well as dinners
with renowned winemakers.
Steves Fine Wine & Food (steves.com.au) |
Masterclasses featuring different regions of the
wine world as well as other themed tastings.
School of Wine (photography
In Situ Photography).
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