If you’re visiting The Frames on a SA short getaway, love fresh local produce and experiencing the best culinary treasures on offer; then The Frames’ Flavour Safari is for you.
The Flavour Safari was an initiative created by Tony Townsend of Townsend Buses. Tony grew up in Renmark and has a vast knowledge of the Riverland region (and beyond). Tony and his family owned and operated a local bus travel company Townsend Buses, you may have spotted a Townsend bus on a road across Australia in your time. Since selling the business, Tony has continued his passion for tourism by leading The Flavour Safari exclusively for guests of The Frames. When you meet Tony you will soon realise two things, he knows a lot about Riverland tourism and he is an all-round lovely guy.
The tour spans 20km’s across Renmark and Paringa and showcases the best food and beverage The Riverland region has to offer. The Riverland is one of the biggest food bowls in Australia, you can grow just about anything in the region. The private chauffeured tour departs The Frames at 9am and returns around 4pm, though times are flexible and can be adjusted to suit your requirements. You will meet local growers, brewers, winemakers and producers in an exclusive behind the scenes tour where you will learn about the region and local produce through taste, smell and storytelling.
There are 6 stops on your Flavour Safari journey; Arrosto Coffee, Almond Co Australia, Mallee Estate Wines, 23rd Street Distillery, Angove’s Family Wine Makers and The Woolshed Brewery.
Arrosto Coffee are multi award winning boutique coffee roasters and artisans that we are lucky to have in the Riverland. After tiring of what was available in supermarkets, owner Callum set up shop in Renmark and has been locally roasting coffee beans since 2011. The cellar door is set in the newly restored Renmark Fire Station which mimics a city café but delivers a relaxed country atmosphere, with both indoor and outdoor seating. The open courtyard with large decking, shady trees, manicured gardens and picnic rugs provides a tranquil outdoor setting to enjoy your coffee with some sunshine. The premises is licensed so you can also enjoy an espresso martini with Arrosto’s cold drip coffee or the Woolshed Brewery Coffee Stout.
Almondco Australia was founded in 1944 and is globally recognised for supplying premium quality almond products; more than 85% of Australia’s almond growers supply to Almondco. The Frames Flavour Safari guests are granted exclusive access to a behind the scenes factory tour. The tour through the packing and sorting facility gives insight into the scale and effort it takes to sort, roast, blanch and slice almonds. Almondco Almond Hut has an extensive range of over 80 different products, including flavoured almonds, natural muesli, chocolate coated almonds, almond paste and much more.
Mallee Estate Wines is a family owned and operated winery. The first vineyard was established in 1969 with 3 acres of Shiraz planted, which is used in part to make the Mallee Estate Shiraz. Recently the winery became home to Eleni’s Restaurant, which features Greek cuisine and is very popular amongst locals and tourists alike with a 5 star TripAdvisor rating. Lunch and a wine tasting at Mallee Estate Wines will be sure to please your tastebuds!
Opened in late 2016, the 23rd Street Distillery brings new life to the historic Renmano Winery of Renmark. The rich history of the site has been creatively blended with new age technology and architecture to deliver an open and earthy visitor centre and distilling facility. Century old copper stills can be seen on the tour of the facility along with the barrel hall where an Australian icon, Black Bottle Brandy, is held for aging. The reinvented site also distills gin, brandy, whiskey and vodka – all of which can be tasted in the visitor centre. Local ingredients are the inspiration behind the flavours and the 23rd Street brand.
Angove Family Winemakers are one of Australia’s largest family owned wine and brandy companies. Distillers of the famous St. Agnes Brandy, they also produce a wide range of premium and fortified wines. Take a tour of the Riverland’s oldest winery and taste the famous XO St Agnes Brandy.
The final stop of The Flavour Safari, The Woolshed Brewery is one of the most popular hidden gems of the Riverland and South Australia. The Woolshed's first brew day was in August 2009 and since then it has become one of the Riverland's top tourist destinations. Its rich history and stunning riverfront location make it the perfect place to kick back and relax. Enjoy a guided tour of the 100-year-old woolshed, cottage and surrounding grounds followed by a tasting of the locally made craft brews and ciders.
Looking for unique accommodation in South Australia and a unique experience? The Riverland and Renmark is a hidden treasure and has so much to offer at any time of the year. If you are a guest of The Frames consider adding the Flavour Safari experience to your stay, tours can be organised any day of the week (subject to availability). Make the most of your SA romantic getaway.