Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Vineyards of Swan Valley
An English philosopher by the name Francis Bacon once said, ‘age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read’.
Well, I have been writing for quite some time now. Doesn’t that make me an old author, the best kind to read? No, not exactly? Never mind. Anyway, at least trust me, this old friend of yours, I’m going to write about something special today. And, what’s more, it’s about wine! (You can burn an old wood later while doing a barbecue, if you really want that as well)
Swan Valley, in Western Australia, is famous for its wine industry. A must see place for whoever visits Perth. Driving through the flat, arid landscape of this region, you can see acres and acres of vineyards, grown in perfect rows disturbed only by an occasional horse ranch. If you are a lover of emptiness, you will never want to take your eyes of this scenery.
Sandalford is not just another winery. It produces world-class West Australian wine. Perched among the vineyards it owns, just off the West Swan Road, it boasts a history of almost 170 years of wine making.
Whether or not you are a fan of wine, you can still take the pleasure in touring the winery at a cost of a few bucks. Their friendly staff will not only show you the process of wine making, in which maturing plays an important role, but also let you taste some of their excellent wines. Afterwards, you will get the chance to walk about the vineyards, and if lucky, see grape harvesting too.
Those who love chocolate should not forget to drop by at Margret River Chocolate factory, which is situated not very far from the winery, on their way back.
Those who could have a moment for a bit classical music, can check out this track if you like; To the one who knows.