The Swan District is Western Australia’s oldest wine region, having been planted by English settlers soon after their arrival in 1829. The first vines at Olive Farm were planted by Thomas Waters, and the following year he dug out the wine cellar that is incorporated in the present winery of the same name. For almost 150 years it was the only significant wine-producing region in Western Australia and today it’s also home to the state’s largest winery. Some of Western Australia’s finest wines and local produce can be found in the Swan Valley.
It is an actively multicultural area, with the descendants of early Yugoslav, Italian and English migrants continuing the region’s winemaking traditions. Pioneers in the development of table wines include the legendary Jack Mann at Houghton in the 1930s and 1940s and John Kosovich at John Kosovich Wines in the 1960s and 1970s.