11 May 2014
All the cool kids seem to visit the Swan Valley on weekends and swoosh wine around in a glass. We escaped the hustle and bustle of the city for the buzz of tourists half an hour away. Ugly Duckling Wines was our first stop on a sunny Saturday arvo. An online coupon promised a discount on pies and wine - score!
There are tables on the grass in the sun and benches undercover. I anticipated a long day outdoors so I protected myself from sunburn by picking a seat out of the heat (haha I’m a poet and I didn’t know it).
Free wine tastings
Ugly Duckling offers 4 free wine tastings, which is great for people like me who can only really distinguish them by colour (ie. red or white or pink, not any “I taste grass and green” nonsense). We sipped and swished for a little while and chose our favs. Additional wine tastings are available for $2 each.
Gourmet pie with garden fresh salad and balsamic glaze ($15)
Pie is good. These gourmet pies had crunchy flaky pastry, hearty meat filings, and fancy flavours. Food envy caught me off-guard but thankfully we shared both pies. The steak, mushroom and shiraz pie was okay, but the lamb and rosemary one was delicious.
Rosé 2013 ($8); Unwooded Chardonnay 2013 ($8)
I learnt that unwooded chardonnays are sweeter (thus way more tasty) than regular chardonnays. My handsome date choose a rosé wine which he enjoyed. The glasses are reasonably priced but obviously bottles are better value for money.
Head to the back of the building to find food and wine. Order and taste wine at the counter, grab your number and wine, sit down, and wait for your grub to arrive. Ugly Duckling is run by friendly and helpful staff who are proud of their wine and brand. A bonus is that this winery offers a decent feed for a reasonable price, so I would defs recommend stopping by next time you’re in the area. If you have a sweet tooth, drive 5 mins further to grab ice cream from Oggie’s.
Likes: friendly staff, lovely outdoor dining area, free wine tastings
Dislikes: food envy (so order the lamb and rosemary pie!)
Value for money: pretty decent
Overall: small but tasty selection of wine and food for a reasonable price
7790 West Swan Road
West Swan WA
0417 919 915