South Australian Food And Wine Guide : 2017 South Australian Food and Wine Guide
which makes St Agnes Brandy, Burk Salter Wines, and Berri Estates, one of the region’s major producers. Visit Caudo Vineyard, 25 kilometres from Waikerie and taste quality wines and sangria just metres from the Murray River – boaties can moor right outside the rustic cellar door and enjoy local produce including a cook-your-own barbecue on a coal-fired grill. At Burk Salter Wines near Blanchetown, visitors can take a Wine and Wetland Tour aboard a restored 1927 Chevrolet Truck. Much further downstream you’ll find Heward Estate near Mannum which offers a wide range of varietals, including Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Moscato, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, plus some popular sparkling and fortified wines. Willow Point Wines near Murray Bridge produce a range of wines including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Moscato, Rosé, Merlot and Shiraz. Famous among locals and travellers are their fortified wines which include Muscat and Tawny. Also worth exploring is the nearby port of Goolwa. The Wharf Barrel Shed stocks a full range of 90 Mile Wines, plus a selection of craft beers from across the neighbouring Fleurieu Peninsula region. Food lovers will find much to enjoy during their trip around the Murray River, Riverland, Lakes & Coorong. The region produces everything from seasonal fruit, vegetables and artisan breads and pies to honey, olive oil, herbs and its signature fish, Coorong Mullet. A good place to start your food odyssey is at one of the local farmers markets, but you’ll also find plenty of bakeries, cheese factories, artisan chocolate shops, fishmongers and olive oil outlets on your travels. Local produce is also a highlight on many restaurant and pub menus across the region. The Riverland is the fruit bowl, as well as the almond and citrus capital, of South Australia. The world's best Navel oranges are grown here, plus nearly all of the state’s nut, stone and citrus fruits. Boutique food producers make everything from bread to kumquats and native foods like quandong and wattleseed. Backyard Bread in Barmera offers a range of handmade wood-oven breads and local delicacies or head to Bella Lavender Estate near Glossop which serves up locally roasted coffee, wood-fired pizzas and Mediterranean-style café meals. Australian capers are now being grown outside Berri, so look out for Kolophon Capers which are sold by a number of specialist food retailers. For factory direct sales of fresh orange juice, visit Nippy’s at Waikerie or try Illalangi Gourmet Foods, a boutique winery and food producer that uses many native ingredients. Pick up delicious treats at Almondco Almond Hut and Nuts About Fruit, while Havenhand Chocolates sells choc-dipped fruit, truffles and hot chocolate. 58 Housed in the old Renmark Fire Station, Arrosto Coffee produces a range of freshly-roasted specialty coffees which are available in local cafés and also at the Riverland Farmers Market in Berri. Not interested in foraging for your ingredients? Don’t despair, there are plenty of excellent cafés, pubs and great dining restaurants which do an excellent job showcasing the region’s produce. The Davery Establishment in Murray Bridge supports and uses local produce including meats, milk, cheese and honey when creating their menu. Some of the best-known dining venues are the Pretoria Hotel, The Wellington Hotel, Riverscape Café and Restaurant, the Renmark Club, Berri Hotel, Renmark Hotel, Loxton Hotel Motel, Riverside Hotel, Overland Corner Hotel, Mallee Fowl Restaurant and the Waikerie Hotel. Join a Big Bend by Night tour and experience an open air bush restaurant dinner complete with sunsets or their Champagne Bush Tucker Breakfast featuring kangaroo sausages, marinated bush rabbit and wattleseed toast. The Murray River Queen at Waikerie offers a cellar door, restaurant and rooftop beer garden where you can taste local wines, beer and cider with spectacular views of the river. The cellar door serves pizza, cake and coffee and on the third deck restaurant, Wok on Water features a contemporary Thai menu. On weekend mornings, the cellar door is transformed into a resort-style space serving a continental and hot buffet breakfast. FOOD & WINE TRAILS Mighty Murray Way Following the journey of Australia’s longest river through the ever-changing landscapes from the Riverland to the Murray Mouth. Itinerary highlights include Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery, Bella Lavender Estate, 919 Wines, Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre, Havenhand Chocolates, Illalangi Gourmet Foods, Caudo Vineyard and Goolwa wharf precinct. Riverland Food & Wine Trail Featuring an app-friendly map and extensive listings, this trail is an essential tool for anyone who wants to explore the region’s food and wine scene. The guide covers wineries, breweries, bakers and native bushfoods, plus accommodation options and tours. www.murrayriver.com.au/riverland-food-wine-produce Riverland farmed Murray Cod can be found on the menu at the Loxton Hotel. Murray Cod, Loxton Hotel, Loxton SOUTHAUSTRALIA.COM CRAFT BEER, CIDER & SPIRITS Brandy distilling is one of the region’s oldest trades, dating back to 1910 and the foundation of the St Agnes Distillery in Renmark where this distinctly Australian style of brandy is still being made today. The St Agnes range has expanded to include aged XO and VSOP alongside the more familiar VS (Very Superior) brand. 23rd Street Distillery was opened recently in Renmark and is producing a range of spirits including whisky and gin as well as the well-known Australian label Black Bottle Brandy. Distillery tours and tastings open seven days.