Perth Hills Wine Tour – Iso Style
We all know that we can’t do some things right now (coz of the Rona) and unfortunately wine tastings are one of them!
But since ISO drinking is definitely a thing – and events are going virtual there’s heaps of great ways you and binge your boredom away with booze. In moderation of course.
The idea of this tour is that it’s almost like being there and in case you missed it, here’s the lowdown on the first of a series of Isolation Libation virtual tours from the fab folks at Hidden DeTours – a wine tour through the gorgeous Bickley Valley.
So strap in, pour yourself a tipple and be prepared to go behind the scenes as you meet the makers of the wine the Perth Hills region is famous for!
Stops 1 & 2
The first two stops are in one live stream because they’re literally across the road from one another.
Tonon Winery and Fairbrossen – what an incredible way to start the day!
At Tonon we hear from owner and winemaker Dan about how they brought Prosecco into Australia, their Fiano and the history behind this family run winery.
At Fairbrossen owner Matt shows us around, gets his hands dirty, and generally nerds out about wine and how he makes it “smashable”.
There was also some soil rivalry between Tonon and Fairbrossen…wine nerds will want to grab some wines from these vineyards across the road from each other and compare the difference a few feet makes on a grape.
Next Stop: Carldenn Homestead
At Carldenn we meet Bickley Valley icon Dennis, and a huge metal scarecrow named Dionysus (after the Greek god of wine).
Dennis explains the varieties he has for sale in his cellar door and some of the rich history of the beautiful Bickley Valley.
Pull Up At Plume
Jim, Audrey and Willow the winery dog show us around their winery – with it’s INCREDIBLE views.
Audrey tells us about the lunches and functions they do, and Jim goes into some detail about their award winning Sparkling and Reserve Shiraz.
There was even a proposal done recently under the big tree at the bottom of the property!
That view though?! Magic.
Moving Onto Magnificent Myattsfield!
Here we meet Manager Alec and owners Josh and Rachael.
Alec explains some of the wine extensive range in the cellar door, Josh talks about the history of the winery and Rachel shows off her skills disgorging some sparkling.
This gorgeous winery is a real taste of Douth on your doorstep and well worth the visit.
Next Stop: Hainault
Owner Michael meets you in the vines to tell you about the history of the winery before heading inside to their brand new Cellar Door to where Kelli is waiting to tell you about the wines.
She goes through the range briefly and describes the Field Blend white and the Cab Sauv in more detail.
Then there’s only one last winery on the tour.
The Final Destination – La Fattoria: The Farm
Lucy and Eric show you through La Fattoria (which means The Farm in Italian) where they grow grapes and also other fruit like apples.
You’ll get some history on the property and how it’s a history of their family, the low-down on the home-style food offerings (not available at the time of publishing) and a walk through the winery when the sun is hitting the hills just right!
Lucy and Eric discuss their Mediterranean wine varieties and go in detail about the Sparkling Pignoletto and the Nero D’avola.
The tour ends there, on the lush lawns of ‘The Farm’ with the sun dipping in the sky, and if you’ve followed along you’ve ‘visited’ 7 wineries in an epic day of virtual wine tasting!
Love this? Love gin? Do a virtual gin tour with the same crew from Hidden DeTours this Saturday.