Matt Major, the owner of the Murray River Queen is delighted that five Riverland wineries have been quick out of the blocks to support proposed cellar door facilities as part of the Queen’s new role if her relocation to Renmark, reported in last Friday’s Pioneer, gets the green light. The cellar door, to be known as Water ‘n’ Wine, has already received commitments from Angove’s Family Winemakers (selected Riverland wines), Banrock Station (Riverland Mediterranean range), 919 Wines, Oak Works and Bassham Wines. He remains hopeful that Tony and Pam Barich’s Whistling Kite and Blanchetown’s Burke Salter Wines will also become part of the Queen’s fine wines list.
Riverland Wine’s executive officer Chris Byrne said “well done Matt Major for taking this initiative. The Association was disappointed to miss out on an application for Cluster Funding last year to build a business case for outlets across the region featuring Riverland wines and food products exclusively. Locals and visitors alike have expressed disappointment at being unable to purchase local wines and food products easily. This is a bold step in the right direction. We wish him well”