Food and Wine

Highlights

Taste elegant wines at cellar doors, ride a paddle-steamer to a winery, and savour the fresh seasonal produce of The Murray, home to the Perricoota wine region. There are farmers markets to browse and orchards to visit, as well as delicious restaurants, hearty country pubs, and tasty festivals.

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Delicious food and wine in The Murray

From wine tasting to riverboat lunches to tasty touring trails, The Murray entices with a great variety of delicious food and wine experiences. You can ride a paddle-steamer along the iconic Murray River to a winery, enjoy marvellous food and wine festivals, and taste the freshest local produce.

This beautiful region is part of the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia’s food bowl where vineyards are adjacent to orchards, pastures and fields. A wonderful events calendar is brimming with festivals, farmers markets and shows, such as the Flavours of Echuca Moama and the Wentworth Show.

PS Melbourne Paddle Steamer docked at Trentham Estate, The Murray

A great way to combine the natural beauty, elegant wines and seasonal produce of The Murray is on paddle-steamer and luxury cruise tours. The MV Mary Ann offers sunset dinner cruises and Murray River Paddlesteamers will take you to riverside winery Morrisons in the Perricoota wine region.

On the northern side of the river, Perricoota produces premium shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay grapes. The area encompasses Moama, Mathoura and Deniliquin. A scenic drive southeast, near Corowa and Albury, is the Rutherglen wine region, on the Murray’s southern side.

Backroads Trail, Echuca Moama

Just across the river is the moreish Corowa Whisky and Chocolate in an old flour mill. Tasty driving trails on both sides of the river include the Backroads Trail and the Echuca Moama Food and Wine Trail. You can pick up a map for the Echuca Moama trail from the local visitor information centre.

Your tastebuds will be delighted too with the range of restaurants, cafes and country pubs in the region, which is steeped in fascinating history and heritage. There are many outdoor activities, such as fishing, canoeing and golf. You’ll find plenty of places to stay in the region to suit various budgets.

The Murray Food and Wine

Food and wine in The Murray

The Echuca Moama Food & Wine Trail highlights the region’s best produce including yabbies at The Yabby Men, organic pork pies from Pacdon Park, cheeses, gourmet sausages, and other artisan produce. The Long Paddock Cobb Highway Touring Route leads to iconic outback towns past perfect picnic spots, quirky pubs and great country fare. Explore the Farm Gate Trail around Berrigan discover more local gourmet highlights, including almonds, grass-fed beef, berries and flavoursome olives.

Many Moama-based producers sell their produce at the Echuca Moama Market. Locally-made breads can be sourced from Moama Paddlesteamer Country Bakery and Holbrook Bakery.

Tour the local wineries and cellar doors including Chanter Estate, Morrisons Riverview, Silverfox, St Annes, Stevens Brook, Restdown Wines and The Old School Winery. The Morrisons Wharf to Winery tour operates from the Echuca port and is a unique way to take in the Murray River from aboard a paddlesteamer as you travel towards the Morrisons Riverview Winery and Restaurant for wine tasting and a meal.

Great dining experiences are on offer across the region. The Perricoota Station Restaurant occupies a beautiful prime position on the banks of the Murray River. Stop by Broadgauge for a modern hearty meal, Stefano’s Restaurant for Italian fare, The Beach for Mediterranean-inspired flavours and Spoons Riverside for contemporary Australian meals. The American Hotel serves up American craft beers, cocktails, live music and a US-inspired menu. Visit the Corowa Whisky and Chocolate Factory for great breakfast and lunch specials in their Mill Cafe.

  • Heritage and Culture

    Immerse yourself in local history by visiting Pioneer Settlement, Swan Hills re-creation of a 19th century port town. Ride an authentic steam paddleboat at Echuca's Heritage Port Precinct and check out Mildura's Rio Vista, a classic Victorian home. The area is also home to sacred Aboriginal sites with evidence of ancient settlement all along the river.

  • River Activities

    Cruise down the Murray Rivers slow-moving water, home to one of the largest fleet of active paddlesteamers and houseboats in the world. The Murray is also a popular fishing destination known for Australias largest freshwater fish, the legendary native Murray cod. Enjoy other river activities such as waterskiing, canoeing and kayaking.

  • Golf

    With 67 golf courses in the region, the Murray is a great location to enjoy a round of golf. The regions courses caters to suit any skill level, from to novice to pro, as well as from scenic to challenging. Tee off on lush green courses in stunning natural surroundings. At Yarrawonga Mulwalas Murray Golf Club, the mighty Murray River runs the length of the fairway.