South Australia, while dubbed the festival state, is really the foodie state. When it comes to gourmet food and wine, the Limestone Coast is an unmissable part of the state’s food trail.
The rich landscapes combined with creative local manufacturers produce food that’s some of the finest in South Australia. Our region is particularly well known for its boutique dairy products.
Cheese in Mount Gambier
The Limestone Coast Cheese Factory produces some of Australia’s best cheeses. Based in Lucindale, only 1.5 hours from Mount Gambier, you can experience just about every cheese under the sun. Temptations include blue brie, double cream brie, camembert, fetta, goat’s milk feta, marinated fetta and vintage cheddar.
The Coast’s persian feta, for example, is a fresh, delicately-flavoured and premium textured cheese in beautifully balanced herb and garlic oil marinade. You’ll taste the difference in these locally, hand-crafted gourmet cheeses.
Visiting the factory is an experience in itself. Taste it, buy it, and see how the cheese is made. Then, explore further and bring home a range of other produce that compliments your Limestone Coast cheese platter.
The coast is peppered with farms and family businesses, like Robe Dairy. They milk their own small herd of Jersey cows, producing a delicious array of farmhouse cheese, milk, and yogurt.
Their rich and aromatic St Clair brie blend with a thin velvet rind, is not stabilised (unlike most of its mass-produced counterparts) allowing the cheese to develop and intensify with age. It’s an intense, refined and complex flavour that’s synonymous with the south-east region.
In 2015, Robe Dairy won two gold medals and a major trophy in the National Dairy Awards. Their milk also won gold and scored the highest in its class. Pasteurised in small batches on the Hinchliffe farm, the full cream, unhomogenised milk is popular with Limestone Coast locals.
Limestone Coast food
While the cheese is good, it’s accompanied by great with wine. There’s the Aldersey Vineyard, Blok Estate Coonawarra, Cape Jaffa Wines, and DiGiorgio Family Wines.
Tantalising reasons to follow the Limestone Coast Real Food and Wine Trail. You’ll have the opportunity to visit 50 farm gates, cellar doors, restaurants, cafes, and retailers. How about a emu mettwurst, washed down with fine wine for a flavour-packed snack?
If you love good food, add a day or three to your Mount Gambier itinerary. Just make sure you’re ready to eat, a lot. For more information on cheese and wine hot spots in the area, contact us. We can help you plan your cheese and cellar door ‘tour.’