Perth, the capital city of Western Australia, likes to brag about being the most remote in the world. Hotham Ridge Winery, about 120 km down the road from the Perth Hills, can claim to be the most remote and smallest wine trail, too!
It is owned by gay guys who live both in East Perth and in the tiny shire of Wandering where their grapes grow. They are not short on big ideas and, fortunately, they can wear many hats well…winegrower, biodynamic farmer, bistro chef, organic gardener, homestead builder, construction manager – and now accommodation hosts.
After purchasing the old Hotham Valley Estate vineyard and winery in 2002, Hotham Ridge Winery owners, Leonard and Wouter, embarked on refurbishing their 5 acre property surrounding the present winery, cellar door and tasting area. Recently, outdoor seating areas were built so that patrons can take in the vista of the gardens, surrounding valley and hills. Eventually with a BBQ deck in place, these areas will be used as outdoor function centres for garden parties – ideal for weddings and gay commitment ceremonies, birthdays and anniversaries, and other creative excuses for a food & wine event, like the popular Long Table Lunch put on in the Cellar Door & Bistro.
Hotham Ridge’s vineyard now has twin tourist cottages in the vines – named for winery dogs Billie (Holiday) and Nina (Simone). Read more. Hotham Ridge Vineyard’s new wine cellar, bistro and cosy cottages.
Wander on down to Wandering for a different kind of rural tourism experience. Within a 30 minute circle of the Hotham Valley, you’ll discover things to do after a restful sleep and solid breakfast of raw and wholesome food from the estate.
- Hotham Valley – 6 vineyards, cheese makers, soap makers
- Pingelly – Emu Farm,
- Dryandra Woodlands – Barna Mia Animal Rescue
- Boddington – Fish’s Ladder
- Dwellingup – Hotham Valley Railway terminus
- Don’t miss The Bibblemum and other tracks, woodlands, endangered and rescued animals. Plus there are peaks to climb, rivers to raft and canoe, biking paths and spots to explore the Murray River.
- Website: wine-in-australia.com