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Top 10 Things to do in the Swan Valley

Welcome to Upper Reach Winery, our small family owned and run winery; we take great pride in being a part of the Swan Valley and all it has to offer.We want to share our Top Things to do in the Swan Valley, written by a local who knows!

 

  1. Breakfast or morning tea at Taylor’s Art & Coffee House 
  2. Lunch at Broads @ Upper Reach; Anthony & Annalis Broad are chef owners, creating small plates and platters to share, as well as dessert to die for.

    Menu and bookings                  08 9296 3883

  3. House of Honey – try their fantastic selection of honeys and all things honey. Lots of fun for kids. Live bee hive display behind glass- watch the bees make the honey
    thehouseofhoney.com.au                                  08 9296 3635

  4. Mondo Nougat & Moreish Nuts – we’re all like kids in a lolly shop here, if it isn’t nuts, it’s the chocolate coated pretzels!
    mondonougat.com.au/factory.php  9296 0111   morish.com.au/visit-us/swan-valley

  5. Picnic at Bells Rapids; it is beautiful bordering the Swan River, plenty of space to relax nest to the river after a more or less strenuous walk through the walking trails.

  6. Oasis Supa Golf & Mini Golf; Supa Golf is a scream, who doesn’t want to play golf with a football sized golf ball?   Great for young and old!   Mini Golf always classic family fun!
    supagolf.com/courses-2/swan-valley                  08 9296 5566

  7. Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm on John Street; lots of animals to pet and feed as well as a train that will take the little people around.
    cuddlyanimalfarm.com                                    0424 209 730 

  8. Caversham Wildlife Park, the best place to see more kangaroos together than you’ve ever dreamed of! Get up close and personal with koalas, and snap a selfie. They have loads of native Australian animals, some you can pet and hold, sheep shearing, cows being milked –fun for children and adults of all ages!
    cavershamwildlife.com.au                                08 9248 1984

  9. Margaret River Chocolate Factory- A Swan Valley institution, chocolate and ice cream- what’s not to love?                                      08 9250 1588

  10. Wine Tasting and tours at Upper Reach Winery. Try Upper Reach’s award-winning wines, enjoying sweeping views over the vineyard. Stay for Lunch in the restaurant, or stay the night in the vineyard spa cottage

At Upper Reach we have been crafting highly awarded wines from our Swan Valley vineyard, since 1996. We are passionate in growing our grapes and making fresh, vibrant wines. All our grapes are grown in our vineyard, handpicked, handcrafted and hand bottled in our state of the art winery.

Upper Reach is not just Gourmet Traveller’s Best Wine Tasting  in the Swan Valley, it’s an experience:

  • Enjoy lunch at our top restaurant
  • Walk through the vineyard along the trail by Swan River
  • Relax on the lawn with a bottle of wine overlooking the vines
  • Come to an intimate Twilight Picnic Concert
  • Spend the night in our cottage

There is so much to see and do in the Swan Valley- one day is not enough...we recommend at least an overnight stay to really make the most of your visit. We look forward to welcoming you to the Swan Valley!

www.upperreach.com.au

Laura Pearse
 
21 August 2017 | Laura Pearse

Top 10 things to do in the Swan Valley 2017

Top 10 Things to do in the Swan Valley

Welcome to Upper Reach Winery, our small family owned and run winery; we take great pride in being a part of the Swan Valley and all it has to offer.We want to share our Top Things to do in the Swan Valley, written by a local who knows!

 

Breakfast or morning tea at Taylor’s Art & Coffee House 

Lunch at Broads @ Upper Reach; Anthony & Annalis Broad are chef owners, creating small plates and platters to share, as well as dessert to die for.

Menu and bookings                  08 9296 3883

House of Honey – try their fantastic selection of honeys and all things honey. Lots of fun for kids. Live bee hive display behind glass- watch the bees make the honey
thehouseofhoney.com.au                                  08 9296 3635

Mondo Nougat & Moreish Nuts – we’re all like kids in a lolly shop here, if it isn’t nuts, it’s the chocolate coated pretzels!
mondonougat.com.au/factory.php  9296 0111   morish.com.au/visit-us/swan-valley

Picnic at Bells Rapids; it is beautiful bordering the Swan River, plenty of space to relax nest to the river after a more or less strenuous walk through the walking trails.

Oasis Supa Golf & Mini Golf; Supa Golf is a scream, who doesn’t want to play golf with a football sized golf ball?   Great for young and old!   Mini Golf always classic family fun!
supagolf.com/courses-2/swan-valley                  08 9296 5566

Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm on John Street; lots of animals to pet and feed as well as a train that will take the little people around.
cuddlyanimalfarm.com                                    0424 209 730 

Caversham Wildlife Park, the best place to see more kangaroos together than you’ve ever dreamed of! Get up close and personal with koalas, and snap a selfie. They have loads of native Australian animals, some you can pet and hold, sheep shearing, cows being milked –fun for children and adults of all ages!
cavershamwildlife.com.au                                08 9248 1984

Margaret River Chocolate Factory- A Swan Valley institution, chocolate and ice cream- what’s not to love?                                      08 9250 1588

Wine Tasting and tours at Upper Reach Winery. Try Upper Reach’s award-winning wines, enjoying sweeping views over the vineyard. Stay for Lunch in the restaurant, or stay the night in the Vineyard Spa Cottage

At Upper Reach we have been crafting highly awarded wines from our Swan Valley vineyard, since 1996. We are passionate in growing our grapes and making fresh, vibrant wines. All our grapes are grown in our vineyard, handpicked, handcrafted and hand bottled in our state of the art winery.

Upper Reach is not just Gourmet Traveller’s Best Wine Tasting  in the Swan Valley, it’s an experience:

Enjoy lunch at our top restaurant
Walk through the vineyard along the trail by Swan River
Relax on the lawn with a bottle of wine overlooking the vines
Come to an intimate Twilight Picnic Concert
Spend the night in our Spa Cottage

There is so much to see and do in the Swan Valley- one day is not enough...we recommend at least an overnight stay to really make the most of your visit. We look forward to welcoming you to the Swan Valley!

www.upperreach.com.au

Time Posted: 21/08/2017 at 5:21 PM
Laura Pearse
 
13 August 2017 | Laura Pearse

The Upper Reach Beginner's Guide to Food & Wine Pairings

Have you ever been confused about which wine should go with which food?  It can be pretty daunting when you don't know the rules.  But here's the rub....there are no rules!!  The only rules we know of are to have fun with it, don't take it too seriously and enjoy experimenting.

Here are some tips we've come up with to get you started, however, pairing wine with food is a very personal thing and if you have a favourite combination, then stick with it and don't let anyone tell you otherwise!

So, settle in with a glass of our awesome 2015 Reserve Chardonnay and a wedge of ripe Brie and let's get the ball rolling with The Upper Reach Beginner's Guide to Food & Wine Pairing :

Rule #1 - As we pointed out in our intro, there are no rules.  Be brave, try anything and enjoy the process!

Rule # 2 - When in doubt, Sparkling wine goes with everything.  Try it with popcorn, fish & chips at the beach, Thai curries, roast chicken and anything salty.  It's traditionally superb with seafood but is also bosom buddies with fruits, nuts and most meats.  Pairing your favourite Sparkling (which would have to be our Sparkling Chardonnay) with a freshly-baked loaf of bread will enhance the delicious yeasty, bread-like aroma which comes from the secondary fermentation in the bottle.

Rule # 3Acidic foods are great with light-bodied young whites.  Salad dressings, tomatoes, citrusy sauces – these things can overwhelm or dull a lot of wines. Light, tangy whites handle it best. Sauv blanc is a good bet, but the Upper Reach 2017 Verdelho is even better.  We also love to drink our Verdelho with seafood - it's a match made in heaven!.

Rule # 4 - Yes, you can pair red wine with white meat and vice versa.  Pinot Noir is great with roast turkey, salmon and other fatty fish.  White wine with red meat is a bit more of a challenge, but aged white wines (and we have a few in our Museum Cellar) - or Sparkling wines - can hold their own with a steak or a leg of lamb.  The rule of thumb here is "red meat, red wine; white meat, white wine" but as we pointed out right at the beginning, this rule can be defied any time you like!

Rule # 5 - With spicy foods, some residual sugar is your friend.  The cuisines of Thailand, India, & Mexico, for example, use lots and lots of chilli peppers in their food and breaking open your best Cabernet Sauvignon is NOT going to do your burning taste buds any favours! Aromatic and slightly sweet whites and pinks will balance highly-spiced foods best.  We love drinking our Black Bream White and Black Bream Pink with our favourite Thai food.  Give it a try - we can certainly vouch for it!

Rule # 6 - Tannins need fat!  If you're a steak lover, this is the bit you've been waiting for. But before we start cranking up the barbie, a very valid question is "what IS a tannin"? It’s the astringent component in red wine that gives it structure. This needs fat for balance, fat will soften the tannins and bring a smoother feel. Serve a bold, beautiful red like the 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon with a nice fatty piece of Prime Rib.  Salivating already? Order the wine and then call your local butcher!

Rule # 7 - Your very own quirky, personal preferences rule the rules.  And, as we mentioned in Rule # 2, when in doubt go for bubbles.  You don't need a PhD, all you need is a few bottles in your cellar to get you started, somebody to cook for you and a few friends to pat you on the back when you tell them you've completed the Upper Reach Beginner's Guide to Food & Wine Pairing.  Enjoy!

Time Posted: 13/08/2017 at 8:00 PM