Feb 23, 2018

Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia is thrilled to announce the inclusion of two new members to the collection – Jackalope at Willow Creek Vineyard, on the Mornington Peninsula and Mandoon Estate, located in the Swan Valley.  Both properties offer luxe boutique accommodation, further enhancing UWEA’s suite of experiences. 

Sally Cope, Executive Officer of UWEA says:

“This is a great opportunity for us to build on the strength of the existing collection by offering a wider selection of overnight experiences.  There is a clear appetite for both domestic and international premium travelers to visit our wine regions for a night or more and these fabulous onsite accommodation options are a major drawcard.”

Luxury boutique hotel, Jackalope, opened in April 2017 to widespread excitement and acclaim, immediately earning one of Australian tourism’s most revered accolades -  Australia's Hotel of the Year at the annual Gourmet Traveller Australian Hotel Guide Awards.

Set on a pristine vineyard amid Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula - only one hour from Melbourne – this distinctive hotel, unique in destination and design, heralds a new era for the region.  In collaboration with existing UWEA member, Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove, Jackalope will offer four new experiences combining winery tours and tastings, fine dining, luxury accommodation and spa treatments.

Examples of the new experiences available at Jackalope include:

Mornington Peninsula Discovery – an ideal introduction to the Mornington Peninsula, this one or two-night escape packages accommodation in one of Jackalope’s Vineyard View rooms; a wine and a cheese plate on arrival; a five-course dinner with matched wines in Jackalope’s hatted dining room, Doot Doot Doot; and daily breakfast. Also included is Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove’s Estate to Plate Experience and private road transfers to/from Melbourne.

Mornington Peninsula Luxury - a premium exploration of this beautiful region, this two-night luxury escape includes accommodation in Jackalope’s 85 sqm signature suites, known as Lairs; a wine and a cheese plate on arrival; a five-course dinner with matched wines in Jackalope’s hatted dining room, Doot Doot Doot; daily breakfast; and a ‘Wine Therapy’ spa session, designed for couples and comprising a range of treatments using wine-based products. Also included is Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove’s Pinot Lovers Road Trip, Jackalope’s signature Wine Therapy spa treatment and private road transfers to/from Melbourne.


Mandoon Estate is the first Swan Valley winery in the UWEA collection.  Western Australia’s beautiful Swan Valley is a favourite of Perth locals, situated just over 25km from Perth CBD.

“The Swan Valley has been our wish list for a while, with such close proximity to Perth and an easy connection to our Margaret River wineries, it made the obvious choice.  We’re thrilled to have Mandoon Estate on board.” Says Cope.

Located overlooking the magnificent Swan River, Mandoon Estate has earned a reputation as one of the Swan Valley’s best wineries and most popular destinations.  As well as the cellar door, showcasing the Estate’s range of award-winning fine wines, within the picturesque grounds also lies a microbrewery and casual dining venue, the Homestead Brewery; fine dining restaurant Wild Swan; a gourmet deli and beer garden as well as the property’s original homestead, dating back to circa 1905, which has been restored and now houses the Linton & Kay Art Gallery.

Luxury accommodation is available onsite at recently opened The Colony, with 32 spacious, luxuriously appointed rooms and suites overlooking a beautiful section of the Swan River and the property's original Verdelho vineyard, planted in 1895.

Examples of the new experiences on offer at Mandoon Estate include:

Meet the Makers at Mandoon Estate – An in-depth guided tour of Mandoon Estate’s working winery, hosted by a member of the talented winemaking team, a tour Mandoon’s German Brewhouse and a 5-course degustation lunch at Wild Swan.

Ultimate Flight – an exploration of the Swan Valley region and Mandoon Estate with a private tour, guided tasting in the private underground cellar, a 30 minute chopper flight to Perth’s beautiful beaches, a 5-course degustation lunch at Wild Swan, and overnight accommodation with breakfast at The Colony. Also available for groups of 10 people of more is Mandoon Estate’s Bush Tucker Tasting – a unique opportunity to listen to the stories of this area and learn about local indigenous food and culture from Noongar Elder, Dale Tilbrook including a tasting of some traditional bush food followed by a 2-course lunch paired with award-winning beer and wine. 

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