Just like a BLT, it’s quick, uncomplicated and you’re guaranteed to be satisfied with a trip to the Riverland.
Just two hours from Adelaide, this vibrant region is perfect for a no-fuss getaway with family or loved ones or for a special occasion. It’s full to the brim with water fun and down-to-earth locals, but our favourite way to experience this destination is via our tastebuds. That’s because it’s the home of exceptional seasonal fruit and vegetables, premium wine, spirits, beer and cider — with over half of South Australian wine originating in the region.
So, here are our favourite places to fill our bellies and our hearts…
1. Riverland Wine Centre | WEBSITE
New to the region, this is the place to go if you want to sample more than 20 Riverland wines in one sweet spot. Add a dash of history behind these iconic brands and you’ll be up to speed with some of the greatest local success stories while filling your tummy, too.
Riverland Wine Centre | Image credit :: Jonathan Kissock
2. Renmark Club | WEBSITE
Recently renovated, this expansive club, set on the riverbank, has won several awards for top service, relaxed meals and plenty of great wine, all set against a backdrop of live entertainment and water views.
Renmark Club | Image credit :: Italo Vardaro
3. Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery | WEBSITE
The Riverland’s one and only brewery, Wilkadene is a must-see. The 100-year-old woolshed has been spruced up to include a tasting deck and has luscious lawns on the banks of the river,making it the perfect place to sample their delicious brews — including their award-winning Hard Lemonade and ciders. Put together a cheese platter of the best local produce, use their barbies to cook up some snags, or on weekends, grab a great feed from food trucks.
Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery | Image credit :: Destination Riverland
4. Illalangi | WEBSITE
Fill your arms full of goodies at this store, owned by lovely local Keryn. Get picnic ready with a delectable gourmet platter to-go or grab organic olives, preserved lemons, homemade pasta sauce, dried fruits, herbal teas, chocolate-coated coffee beans and more. They’ve got something for everyone, with a large gluten-free range and plenty of options for vegetarians.
Illalangi | Image credit :: Destination Riverland
5. Caudo Vineyard Cellar Door | WEBSITE
Make an entrance from the road or the water. This laid-back cellar door has ample places to enjoy a refreshing white or Mediterranean vino, with picnic tables on the lawn and private booths nestled into the riverbank. Choose from platters of local produce, cook up a barbeque or grab a woodfired pizza on weekends.
Caudo Vineyard Cellar Door | Image credit :: Destination Riverland
6. Mallee Estate Wines and Eleni’s Restaurant | WEBSITE
Brace yourself for delicious wines and lipsmackingly-good Greek food. The Markeas family has a barrage of wine awards, and Eleni’s features homemade Greek food made from secret traditional family recipes.
Eleni’s Restaurant | Image credit :: Destination Riverland
7. Banrock Station | WEBSITE
Take in the panoramic wetlands while you long lunch and sip divine wines from this iconic Riverland destination. This crew is passionate about a good drop, great local produce and looking after our precious environment.
8. 919 Wines | WEBSITE
Owners Eric and Jenny have nailed their vast range of high-quality wines from non-traditional varieties, including Petit Manseng, Durif, Tempranillo and Touriga Nacional. Even better, they’re certified organic, with options for our vegan friends, making them better for you and the earth.
9. Salena Estate Wines and Cucina 837 | WEBSITE
Pop the bubbles — this spectacular new restaurant and cellar door is officially open. One look at what’s on offer and you’ll be burning rubber all the way to the Riverland for a food and wine experience you won’t forget.
Salena Estate | Image credit :: Destination Riverland
10. Twenty Third Street Distillery | WEBSITE
Get your gin on in style at this historic distillery, complete with century-old copper stills. The best way to discover these handcrafted gins is with a Sunday Gin Blending Experience, where you’ll get hands-on and leave with a 200ml bottle of your own creation.
Twenty Third Street Distillery | Image credit :: Destination Riverland
11. River Jacks Café | WEBSITE
Hit the sun-drenched deck at this Mediterranean-style café. It nails laid-back vibes with a party in your mouth while your eyes feast on the spectacular Berri riverfront views.
River Jacks Cafe | Image credit :: Destination Riverland
12. Angove Family Winemakers / St Agnes Brandy Hall | WEBSITE
Sink into the history and process of making iconic St Agnes Brandy while soaking up premium organic wines made by this fifth-generation, family-owned mecca of a good drop.
Angove Family Winemakers
13. Arrosto Coffee | WEBSITE
The Old Renmark Firestation is hotter than ever, with award-winning blends and single-origin beans roasted on site. Grab everything for your coffee-grinding needs or just pop in for a cup of joe, cakes and yummy treats. Or grab a gourmet breakfast burger on weekends.
The locals in the Riverland are so passionate about their region, some of these legends have been gearing up to become official ambassadors. Check out these top itineraries from the people who live and breathe this incredible region, HERE.