Wine, Wineries and Breweries
THE SECRET GARDEN AND THE PERFECT WINE
Local Gourmet Produce
Our region received a magnificent gourmet gift when many Europeans settled here after World War Two. They brought simply delicious traditions, and many of the delicatessens, smoke houses, cafés and restaurants around Albury Wodonga were started by new Australians who wanted to share their culinary customs.
Freshly picked, freshly made – totally delicious
They also delighted in the fertile countryside here, planting orchards, vegetables and olive trees, the fruits of which are found in our restaurants and cafés.
Today, you can visit many producers as you tour around this region, or you can find them all in one spot at the Hume Murray Farmers’ Market beside the Gateway Visitor Information Centre. It’s held from 8am to noon every second Saturday (check page 15 for details).
You’ll need a big shopping basket, because there’ll be tempting displays of fruit and vegetables in season, aromatic herbs, free range eggs, jars of antipasto, jams, relishes and sweet treats such as chocolates, nougat and honey. And on a hot day, just follow the crowds to the ice-cream stall.
Fine wine and cheese
The region’s traditions of winemaking were born through the influence of European migrants too, and a number of small winemakers usually set up their stalls at the market.
Cheese is another regional specialty, and you can taste it every day at the Riverina Cheese Shop in Albury where cheese and yoghurt are made onsite daily. This is also an excellent place to buy cheese from other local producers.
And before you tour around our region, do drop into the Visitor Information Centre to check out the food and wine festivals and markets.
Rutherglen has a farmers’ market on the second Sunday of the month, and there are markets in towns including Beechworth, Yackandandah, the Milawa Gourmet Region, Bright, Myrtleford and around the Alpine Valleys. (More details on page 15 and 49.) Many country towns also feature local produce in their cafés, or you can visit their producers and sample it first hand. Bon appétit!
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