Food and Wine in The Murray
From wine tasting to riverboat lunches to tasty touring trails, The Murray is enticing with 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, taste fresh local produce and savour fine Corowa whisky.
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.
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.
Just across the river in historic Corowa, the Birthplace of Federation, is the moreish Corowa Whisky and Chocolate in a charmingly renovated 1920s flour mill. Tour the whisky distillery and learn about the craft of making great Australian whiskies, and enjoy gourmet meals in the restaurant at the mill.
A great way to explore the region’s array of produce is on road trips. 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.