Flavours of the Fleurieu
Fleurieu Peninsula's gourmet food and drink scene will tantalise your taste buds. The Fleurieu Peninsula is well-known for their warmth & hospitality and they love to share it with visitors. They are passionate about food and wine.
Experience the best of everything that the Fleurieu has to offer. You will see winemakers dining in local restaurants, chefs shopping for produce in the farmers’ markets, and wine producers participating in tastings at cellar doors.
In the Fleurieu Peninsula you can choose from cafés, vineyard restaurants or charming country pubs. You can indulge in world-famous wine, spirits, beer and freshly brewed coffee. There are excellent craft breweries and plenty of great vineyards. Explore the Fleurieu Peninsula’s outstanding flavours.
The Fleurieu Peninsula boasts renowned wine regions. Indulge in some of the best local country produce and a number of wineries offering great wine tasting and cellar door wine tour experiences. Fleurieu Peninsula wines are cheeky, fruity and full-flavoured and home to the world-renowned McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek wineries, which are are said to rival those from Barossa Valley. There are 4 distinct wine regions to explore, which include McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, Currency Creek and Southern Fleurieu. McLaren Vale stalwart D’Arenberg has been harvesting grapes for over 100 years.
Enjoy superb wine and intimate cellar door experiences only a short drive from Adelaide. McLaren Vale is only 30 minutes along the expressway south of Adelaide, and is home to 100+ cellar doors and a wide range of locally-grown produce. McLaren Vale is the gateway to the Fleurieu Peninsula and is nestled between pristine beaches from Port Willunga to Sellicks Hill, and the rolling Mount Lofty Ranges. Langhorne Creek Wine Region is home to almost 6000ha of vineyards & award-winning boutique wineries. Bleasdale Wines have a range of fortified wines, and Lake Breeze Wines have their award-winning Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Fleurieu Peninsula also has boutique distilleries that produce small-batch gins, vodkas, brandies and liqueurs. Situated on the waters edge in the river port of Goolwa is the Fleurieu Distillery.
Fleurieu Peninsula is also home to brewers who are well-known for their limited releases and experimental brews. Vale Brewing was created by a couple of craft beer loving mates from Adelaide who founded The McLaren Vale Beer Company in 2008.
Compare beers and learn about the beer-making process. Meet local brewers to discuss their brewing methods. Travel into the Australian bush and sample these microbreweries:
- Smiling Samoyed Brewery - An award winning brewery in Myponga. Experimental strong, hoppy, dark brown ale is a hybrid of styles that sits somewhere between a strong scotch ale and a big hoppy IPA.
- Goodieson Brewery - Set in a gorgeous location on the flat of the valley at the back of McLaren Vale you can taste their range, or just have a chilled beer out on the terrace.
- The Steam Exchange Brewery - Enjoy a quiet ale on the deck or take in the river views from the Goolwa Wharf at the River Port of Goolwa.
The producers of the Fleurieu Peninsula are keen for you taste all their local produce. They want you to enjoy the gastronomical delights of the region by sourcing the best ingredients from a pristine environment.
Taste the diversity in this progressive food region. Put together a delicious picnic feast from food and produce available at the many farmers markets. Pack your basket with jams, relishes, handmade breads, pyramids of fresh vegetables and fruit, smoked meats and award-winning cheeses from farmers' markets, stores and roadside stalls. Taste all the magnificent treats the Fleurieu Peninsula's producers have in store by going for a drive in the hills and discovering blueberries, organically grown pheasants and quail, venison, strawberries and rich Jersey milk cream. You will find bakers in almost every town.
Enjoy the Fleurieu Peninsula's warmth & hospitality while trying an authentic Italian wood-oven pizza or indulging in fresh locally-caught seafood in their beachside restaurants. Try some take-away fish & chips that make dining beachside such a pleasure. If you are looking for a morning or afternoon tea, try one of the many cafés serving homemade cakes.
The Fleurieu Peninsula boasts fine dining with a seasonal and ever-changing menu, made from quality local produce. Indulge in the passion of the people who create these exciting food experiences.
Willunga’s cobblestone town square is transformed into a long, humming avenue of food and drink vendors from 8am every Saturday.
10 Apr 2018