9. Kangaroo Island: Food and Wine Guided Day Tour
Begin the day in the pristine farming region of Cygnet River, which produces a range of primary food sources including barley, wheat, canola, oats, lamb and beef. Learn about the agricultural history of Kangaroo Island and pass by Kangaroo Island Pure Grain, which is ‘GM-free’ and offers consumers farm-gate traceability and complete production history.
Our first stop is Kangaroo Island Olives, where father and son duo, Michael and Dom, produce olives from a grove of 5000 trees. This enterprise reflects both our Mediterranean climate and the rich immigrant history of South Australia. Our tailgate tasting includes both table olives and some of the delicious oils they produce.
On our way to the coastal town of American River, we pass Fryar’s Kangaroo Island Free Range Eggs and learn about the fascinating egg farm. The hens are free to roam wherever they like foraging in the pastures under the careful protection of Maremma guardian dogs.
American River is home to the Kangaroo Island Oyster Farm Shop, which produces delicious Pacific Oysters in the calm waters of Eastern Cove. Depending on the season, we will either sample some oysters in the shop or at a secluded picnic spot. Our alfresco lunch features smoked meats, fresh salad and a selection of local beer and wines.
After lunch, we head inland to visit Clifford’s Honey Farm. Since 1973, the Clifford family have specialised in producing honey from Kangaroo Island’s Ligurian Bee. Here we will gain an insight into the production of honey, including a tasting of a range of honey plus Jenny’s famous Honey Ice Cream!
The Islander Estate Vineyards are one of Kangaroo Island’s premium wineries, producing a range of stunning red and white varieties. We visit their tasting room and will sample a selection of their wines whilst hearing about some of the creative winemaking techniques used by owner and winemaker, Jacques Lurton, from Bourdeaux, France.
End the day with a tasting at Kangaroo Island Spirits, who have won numerous awards globally (including New York and London) for their range of beautiful gins and liqueurs.