The area around Perth has many historic wineries, vineyards and breweries, and a
host of wine cellars selling local wines. Many of Western Australia's most famous wines are created in Margaret Valley and Perth's Swan Valley, which has an international reputation. The Perth Hills is also a popular and renowned wine region near Perth, producing fabulous wines from a group of boutique vineyards that are close to the Central Business District of Perth. Wine tasting is usually widely available at the cellar doors associated with the numerous vineyards and wineries that are located less than one hours drive from Perth. Many operators run guided tours to the Perth Wineries and many include information sessions about winemaking techniques and general wine appreciation. Winemaking in Western Australia
and Perth began in 1829. The first vineyards were planted at an Olive Farm in South
Guildford in the Perth Hills. However, it was not until the 1980s that Australian wine
gained an international reputation and is now regarded as producing some best wine in
the world, and in particular, wines produced from Swan Valley in the Perth area.
The Inner Perth Wine Region includes wineries in the surburbs of Perth close to the central business district.
The Perth Hills Wine Region includes eight districts : Inner Perth ; Bickley ; Darlington ; Chidlow ; Gosnells ; Jarrahdale ; Lower Chittering ; Upper Chittering
Western Range Wines, WA 1995 Chittering Rd, Lower Chittering WA
Situated on undulating terrain, the vineyards are located 300m above sea level. The properties are positioned within the Chittering Metamorphic Belt, which is 2.6-3.3 billion years old (some of the oldest soils in the world). Five broad soil types have been identified within the vineyards with the two major types being shallow duplex or gradational soils overlying weathered quartz-mica schist or gneiss rock and gravely loam over clay soils. Alluvial sediments border the Brockman River. All vines are in excess of twenty years of age and the varieties that have been planted include: Shiraz, Chardonnay, Verdelho and Viognier (first vineyard in WA to plant the variety in 1990).