Perthites love to swan around this semirural valley on the city's eastern fringe to partake of the finer things in life: booze, nosh and the great outdoors. Perhaps in tacit acknowledgement that its wines will never compete with the state's more prestigious regions (it doesn't really have the ideal climate), the Swan Valley compensates with plenty of galleries, breweries, provedores and restaurants.
The Swan Valley vibe is more low-key and relaxed than that of Margaret River. There are more than 40 vineyards, concentrated mainly along busy West Swan Rd (the road leading north from the Guildford Visitor Centre) and the Great Northern Hwy (running parallel to the east). Look for the free Food & Wine Trail Guide at the Guildford Visitor Centre.