By Claire Ottaviano
AS springs welcomes in sunshine to the Swan Valley, so too do the region’s growers and artisans preparing for the return of Entwined in the Valley.
More than 25 venues and producers will open their restaurants, cellar doors and grounds for ticketed and free events during the three-day showcase starting on October 8.
From Red and Ribs at Lancaster Wines to an American barbecue long lunch at Swan Settlers Market, the event is jam-packed with food and vintage delights.
Nikola Estate chief executive Damian Hutton said he would lead a tour through the historic vineyard and underground cellar, formerly Houghton’s winery, while featuring a range of fortified wines.
“We’ve got so much history here and taking part in Entwined in the Valley is a great way to keep people involved in what we do,” he said.
“We inherited 185 years of winemaking and here we are, still making wine.
“We are the newest brand in the oldest winery in WA.”
Many historic pieces of machinery and wine making equipment have been accumulated over the winery’s lifetime and still remain on site and can be viewed during the history tour.
Festival visitors can also join Sandalford’s chef, winemaker and vineyard manager for a four-course degustation of fine produce and wines or get hands-on at the Australian Native Nougat Masterclass at Mondo Nougat with Dale Tilbrook from Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery.
There is also a supporting program of vineyard tours and market days including the chance to meet the acclaimed winemakers from Corymbia and Vino Volta.
Returning favourites include Sittella’s Sparkling Brunch, Garbin Estate Wines Sparkling Masterclass and the Craft Cider Alchemist Workshop, this year at the new Funk 2.0.
City of Swan Mayor Kevin Bailey said the event was a great way to support local business.
“Even if you have been to the Swan Valley recently, Entwined in the Valley offers unique opportunities to eat, drink, try, see and do something you can’t every weekend,” Mayor Bailey said.
“For the price of breakfast, lunch or dinner, many of our venues are also including a tour and a pick or make your own experience as part of the ticket.
“At a time when many parts of Australia are in lockdown, we are grateful to be able to continue enjoying the Swan Valley’s diverse venues and produce.”
The annual Swan Valley Wine Show will also be held on October 6, the Australian Chenin Blanc Challenge on October 7 and the Twilight Showcase and Cocktail Event in The Estate Room at Sandalford on October 8.
Tickets and full details of Entwined in the Valley events are available at www.entwinedinthevalley.com.au