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Photo: Swan Valley & Regional Winemakers' Association.

Photo: Swan Valley and Regional Winemakers’ Association.

THE Swan Valley and Regional Winemakers’ Association has commissioned well-known author and journalist Mike Zekulich to write a book capturing the spirit of Western Australia’s oldest wine region, the Swan Valley.

The book will be launched by Premier of Western Australia The Hon. Colin Barnett at a function on Thursday 31 Julyat Houghton Winery.

From humble beginnings in 1834, winemaking has become the keystone of the valley’s culture and economy.

Winemaking has evolved in the Swan Valley over many generations. The region now has its own distinct character and style and its wines have established an excellent reputation.

The Swan Valley has a special place in the heart of the people of Western Australia, many of whom have special memories of visiting.

The story of winemaking in the region is a story of people, pioneers, families, characters, visionaries and craftsmen people who created The Spirit of the Swan.

Author of the book Mike Zekulich was inducted as an ‘Icon of the Swan Valley’ in 2010 to acknowledge the contribution both he and the Zekulich family have made to the advancement of winemaking in the region.

His career as a journalist with the West Australian spanned 41 years and is the author of numerous books including many about the wineries and wine industry in Western Australia.

Spirit of the Swan – 180 Years of Winemaking in the Swan Valley is a 124-page coffee table-style book and recounts the lives and backgrounds of the people who have contributed to the valley over 180 years.

The book includes many historic photographs and panoramic shots of the Swan Valley and the people who have shaped the past and continue to shape its future today.

The Swan Valley and Regional Winemakers’ Association believes Spirit of the Swan will ensure future generations understand the first 180 years of winemaking in the Swan Valley and follow its journey into the next 180 years.

Contact: Julie Church

Swan Valley and Regional Winemakers’ Association

P: 61 (0)430 622130

E: info@swanvalleywinemakers.com.au