Main-Image_180yrs_028397PD_RT7Swan Valley celebrating 180 years of winemaking

“This is a very significant milestone proving the longevity of the industry and popularity of the destination.”

In 2014, the Swan Valley will celebrate its 180 year anniversary of winemaking. The first commercial vintage was released in 1834 by Thomas Waters of Olive Farm and makes the region the oldest in Western Australia and second oldest, behind the Hunter Valley, in Australia.

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The region has a strong Croatian and southern Italian heritage and the warm climate produces exceptional wine including chenin blanc, verdelho, shiraz and fortifieds. The region is characterised by many third and fourth generation, family owned wineries, each with its own interesting story.

Here, in this booklet, we present some of these fascinating stories that build the valley’s unique character.