Monday, May 30, 2011

Berri, Barmera and Kingston on the Murray

Armed with the usual brochures from the info Bureau
As Renmark is in the Riverland area of South Australia and Berri is situated nearby  we made a day excursion to Berri, Monash, Barmera and Kingston on the Murray.  On the way we called into the Almondco factory outlet in Renmark where purchases of different types of almonds and almond products can be made.  We managed to walk out with some almond meal, white choc coated almonds, nougat, a trail mix and some hot and spicy almonds.  
Berri Estates Cellar Sales
Our first port of call in Berri was to visit the Berri Estate Cellar Door and Winery which is situated along the Old Sturt Highway between Berri and Barmera.  A 75 year old lemon scented gum tree towers over the cellar as a sentinel welcoming.    While Bill had the usual tasting I also discovered a wine I rather liked, it was from Bannock Station Winery a light fruity wine called Moscata which can be purchased in white or pink.  I might even be converted...well maybe...we’ll see...
Kingston on Murray Bridge
We tried to find the Bannock Station Winery which was near the Kingston Bridge over the Murray but apparently we didn’t drive far enough so it will be on the itinerary for another day. 
View from the bridge over to the cliffs
We lunched in Barmera and admired the view over Bonney Lake and wandered around the Pioneer Wall of Fame. 
Lake Bonney, Barmera SA
This was a tribute to Rocky Page who has a history in the Country and Western music and also on radio and the rodeo circuits.   We stopped at Berri direct on the way home and their produce was an mixed array of dried fruits & nuts, jams such as Quandong (This is a Australian native tree with a fruit berry) and Cumquat, biscuits, brandied fruit, canned fruit plus giftware and jewellery. 
My Pumpkin Pie
 Today I’ve prepared a yabby mornay for everyone and made a “Gramma” pie for dessert.  Gramma is a pumpkin for those who don’t know it is shaped like a big trombone.  Is this font large enough for you Beth? 
Talk again soon

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