COWARD & BLACK WINERY

There’s a lot going on here, but it’s all stuff you’re going to love! Exiting the car you naturally head to the large shed-like building. “Ooh. It must be good judging by the streams of people going through the door.” Upon entering, the first thing that hits you is that their red wines have massive aromas of chocolate, but then you realize that there isn’t even a bottle visible. It’s all just chocolate. Lots and lots and lots of chocolate. Can you tell I’m drooling? I know I’m supposed to be talking about cellar doors, but this sister-business (Margaret River Chocolate Company) is right next door, and you would have to be just plain mean if you didn’t visit there as well. You can get anything here as long as you want it made out of chocolate. White chocolate golf balls – done! Giant chocolate freckles –done!! Champagne filled chocolate truffle – double done! With regret, I leave and head next door, wiping the chocolate from my lips as I depart.

Once through the doors of the adjoining block, again there is no wine! I’m presented with shelves packed with jams, and chutneys, and specialty food galore! This is “Providore”, a haven for the gourmet in all of us. Tables are positioned down the middle, laden with open jars and tasting spoons, and I was too deeply immersed in a curry jam to think about what it was doing to my wine-tasting palate. Not too deeply that it couldn’t stop me overhearing something about a chocolate liqueur. Normally I shy away from infused wines or liqueurs made by wineries, after a fateful afternoon with a terrible Strawberry Champagne. However, the oohs and ahhs from the customers being served piqued my curiosity. There is a range of chocolate liqueurs made, and I tried the macchiato, which is a blend of chocolate and coffee. And thus my first purchase of the day was made. I’m picturing myself pouring this over a very decadent affogato, as well as hiding it from my wife. It was while talking to the sales girl, who by the way was very friendly and enthusiastic; that I noticed that there were wines too!

The wines are separated into Margaret River and Swan Valley labels, and offer the staple varieties I feel that wine maybe isn’t the priority here but don’t let that stop you from visiting. If you really want to indulge yourself you can book in for one of their Master classes ($30 including a $25 bottle of chocolate liqueur) where you can not only sample 10 wines, but also the chocolates they match with them. You won’t regret it.

Open hours

Day of Week Cellar Door
Monday 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 9am – 5pm
Wednesday 9am – 5pm
Thursday 9am – 5pm
Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday 9am – 5pm

Additional Info: Providore; gourmet food products, Margaret River Chocolate Company

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COWARD & BLACK WINERY

5123 West Swan Rd, West Swan, WA

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