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Up Close & Local Tours

Point of difference

On any tour with Up Close and Local, it goes without saying that you are guaranteed to taste some amazing wines and local produce - but their tours are about much more than that. It’s about getting to know the locals, hearing their stories and seeing first hand why each of our wine regions is so unique.

Up Close and Local Tours is not a ‘drop-off’ service. All tours are fully guided by one of the owners of the business, ensuring that all guests are personally introduced at each and every cellar door, and they are there to share their knowledge of wine and the region. Paul and Shannon have great relationships with some of the best winemakers around, and with this insider knowledge each tour is thoughtfully crafted to ensure everyone gets the best possible experience, each and every day. Often this means access to experiences that are not available to the general public.

Guaranteed small group sizes (max. 12 people) give them access to wineries that can’t (or won't) accommodate the big tour buses - so you get away from the crowds and off the regular beaten tourist path to enjoy a more relaxing, memorable and intimate tasting experience. On an Up Close and Local tour you will get the experience of a private tour, without the expense, making it the perfect option for people looking for an alternative to the big bus tours.

While they may be serious about their wine, you can rest assured any tour with Up Close and Local is definitely a fun day out where you can share your experience with like-minded people, discover some hidden gems and learn a few things along the way.

Please note that for the comfort and enjoyment of all guests, our daily ‘by the seat’ tours are for adults 18+ only. If you are looking to travel with children, we would love to tailor a private tour to suit your tastes and interests.

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Description

Up Close and Local Tours offer highly personalised, boutique food and wine tours in Perth for both local food and wine-lovers, and travellers looking for an authentic West Australian wine tour experience. Forget lining up, getting lost and fighting with your GPS, Up Close and Local make it easy to uncover some of Perth’s hidden gems that visitors (and even some fellow locals) would never otherwise find.

Owned and run by local couple Paul and Shannon, who are both born and bred Perth locals, they know the Swan Valley and Bickley Valley inside out and are super passionate about the local wine industry. They may just be a little bit biased about how great the wine regions here in Western Australia are – but for good reason, we really are spoilt for choice! And with so much amazing fresh produce, world-class boutique wineries and craft producers on our doorstep, supporting local really is the underlying ethos for their business.

The Swan Valley is WA’s oldest wine region and has some spectacular wines on offer, and for those who are a little more adventurous, Up Close and Local also offer tours to the beautiful Bickley Valley wine region as well as one day and multi-day tours to the famous Margaret River wine region.

With so many regions, and so many cellar doors, a little local knowledge goes a long way!

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