Riverland Wine hosted a group of 11 visitors from Ireland, the UK, France, Poland, Finland and Norway last weekend. The Riverland was the last stop as part of a 10 day visit to Australian wine regions in Victoria and South Australia.
The group arrived late on Thursday evening after visiting several other SA wine regions. They maintained a cracking pace kicking off with breakfast at Banrock Station and a tour of the boardwalk and wetlands. Banrock’s Christophe Tourenq was a fantastic tour guide with the group very busy taking photos and recording sounds of the wildlife.
This set the scene for a wonderful experience for all of them. After Banrock they enjoyed lunch at Salena Estates while Mel Kargas showcased a number of her award winning wines. The group moved on to Angove Family Winemakers for a tour of the facility including the distillery and the micro winery where Angove’s are producing some truly magical wines. The afternoon tour concluded at Mallee Estates where Jim Markeas showed just what can be achieved on the family farm through hard work, ingenuity and a clear focus on export markets.
The visitors were treated to a river cruise just before sunset and the experience of a range of Artisan wines produced from Riverland grapes before dining at the Renmark Golf and Country Club. A range of Riverland alternative wines from Banrock Station, Whistling Kite, Basshams Wines and 919 were served with the meal. The visitors provided plenty of feedback for the winemakers so it was a learning experience for all concerned.
On Saturday the tourists returned to Mallee Estates for a Greek style breakfast prepared by Jim and his family before being introduced to three local pilots (John Angove, Stuart Andrew and Richard Smart) for a flyover of the region. The group re-joined their tour bus at Waikerie before visiting Illalangi, Oxford Landing then lunch and a showcasing of Byrne Vineyard’s range of wines at Scotts Creek near Morgan. The group returned to Waikerie via Zac Caudo’s riverside cellar door at Hogwash Bend before flying back to Renmark where they enjoyed a wine-down barbecue and ice cold beer from Wilkadene Brewery to cap off a truly memorable visit to the region.
The group departed early Sunday morning for Adelaide Airport, Europe and the UK.