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The Murray Farm Gate Trail

Find yourself along the Murray Farm Gate Trail.

A warm welcome awaits no matter the season along the Murray Farm Gate Trail.  Famous not only for our mighty Murray River, our region is awash with more sunlight hours than Queensland making it the ideal place to grow some of the country’s best produce and the perfect place to escape for awhile, a weekend or just a day. 

Take the time to explore the Murray Farm Gate Trail and you will find an edible bounty of cheeses, wines, olives, oils, fruit, vegetables, beef, garlic and preserves all waiting to be sampled.

The trail has been designed to whet your appetite with just a taste of what’s on offer.

Fertile soils, an enviable climate and a passion for paddock to plate fresh produce.  Our Murray Farm Gate farmers and their families invite you to see and savour for yourself what makes this place so special. 

We look forward to your visit.

Please note all our Farm Gate experiences are working farms.  If travelling we recommend phoning ahead to check someone is available to greet you.

Meet the Producers

Byramine Homestead

Byramine Homestead & Brewery

Built in 1842 by Hamilton Hume and classified by the National Trust, today the Byramine Homestead features a brewery and café within its glorious grounds.

Owners Wade and Nicole McPherson offer Devonshire teas, a rustic country style menu and homestead tours. The brewery serves an extensive range of boutique beers, very popular ciders and wines, all made onsite from produce grown on the surrounding farm.

Located on the mighty Murray River, the Byramine Homestead and Brewery is nestled within Victoria’s largest vegetable farm, Kelly Bros. The farm produces over 25 different vegetables with produce sold all over Australia. Fresh vegetables also make their way into the provedore and onto the daily menu. 

Wade, Nicole and the team look forward to introducing you to the delights of the Byramine Homestead and Brewery.

Open:                   Saturday to Thursday 10am to 4pm
                             (closed Fridays)

Address:              1436 Murray Valley Highway
                             Yarrawonga VIC 3730

Phone:                 03 5748 4321

Web:                     www.byraminehomestead.com.au

Email:                    [email protected]

 

Cactus Country

Cactus Country

What started as an inherited prickly passion has grown into a worldwide sensation. Cactus Country draws visitors from around the globe to explore the gardens, meet the locals – Jim, Julie and John Hall - and discover the tastes of these striking garden superstars. 

 More than 4,000 species of cacti and succulents make for an unforgettable trip. With eight garden paths to explore and plenty to see and do for all ages, you’ll want to put your South American adventure on hold and make your way to Cactus Country. 

 Walk up an appetite with nachos, cactus cake and cactus ice-cream on the menu. Bring your camera and don’t forget to take home your own piece of cactus heaven with plants for sale in the nursery.

Open:                   Daily 9am to 5pm

Address:              4986 Murray Valley Highway
                             Strathmerton VIC 3641

Phone:                 0427 745 271

Web:                     www.cactuscountry.com.au

Email:                    [email protected]

 

Eden Farm Produce

Eden Farm Produce

Committed to health, vitality and sustainability, Gary and Sue Baker founded Eden Farm Produce in 2001. 

Following biodynamic principles, Eden Farm Produce offers beef and nourish boxes and their fridge and pantry stock a range of quality food lines allowing you to know where your food comes from and ensure it’s free of any unnecessary additives or nasties. 

Gary and Sue have experienced first hand the benefits and the peace of mind that comes with sourcing and combining clean, nutritious ingredients when preparing meals.

Eden Farm Produce is a real family business with daughter Hollie and her husband Chris in charge of field grown, fruit and vegetable production.

Visit the farm store to stock up on certified biodynamic and organic fruit, vegetables, beef and groceries, learn about options for better health through diet and enquire about their home delivery service.

Open:                   Monday, Friday and Saturday
                             10am to 3pm

Address:              1205 Walsh’s Bridge Road 
                             Numurkah VIC 3636

Phone:                 03 5864 1165

Web:                     www.edenfarmproduce.com.au

Email:                   [email protected]

 

Katamatite Garlic

Katamatite Garlic

Sustainable and self-sufficient – that’s what motivated Grahame and Lisa Eddy to pull up stumps with their young family about ten years ago and establish their roots or should we say bulbs in Katamatite. Since then, the Eddys have been growing all organic Australian garlic and educating visitors on the persuasive powers of garlic.

This picture perfect, pocket sized farm is a hive of horticultural activity.  Here you’ll find an impressive array of fresh and preserved garlic products including jellies, jams, pickles and dried varieties. You can also book in for a workshop and discover for yourself the wonders of permaculture design.

Don’t miss the adorable farm gate store which sells a wide variety of garlic and garlic inspired products along with treats for the garden. Look out for Grahame and Lisa at a local farmer’s market around the region.

Open:                   Wednesday to Sunday
                             11am to 4pm (closed July)

Address:              1307 Chapel Road
                             Katamatite VIC 3649

Phone:                 0438 983 718

Web:                    www.katamatitegarlic.com.au

Email:                   [email protected]ic.com.au

 

Kensal Estate Wines

Handpicked, hand crushed, gently pressed and then bottled. According to farm gate owner operator Tom Ley, that’s the secret to capturing the full flavour of Kensal Estate Wine’s range of small-scale production boutique wines, fortifieds, liqueurs and ciders.

Lovers of a tipple with a sweet, creamy flavour will be spoilt for choice with liqueur flavours including chocolate mint, butterscotch, coffee and chocolate.

 

Situated boldly on the Murray Valley Highway, Kensal Estate Wines also offers Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, Moscato, Trebbiano and ciders including an apple cider, straight pear cider, lemon / orange cello and a slightly sweet pear wine cooler.

 

Visit the cellar door to try before you buy and find out from Tom how his love of wines and fortifieds led him to establish Kensal Estate Wines. 

Open:                   Monday to Friday 11am to 5pm             

Address:              4134 Murray Valley Highway
                             Cobram VIC 3644

Phone:                 0419 331 705

Email:                   [email protected]

 

Locheilan Farmhouse Cheese

A passion for dairy farming in the Murray Valley region has led to a true paddock to plate experience.

Established by Bruce and Sue McGorlick in 2004, today the tradition continues with long time neighbours the Lawless family drawing on their more than 65 years in the dairy industry to produce the renowned Locheilan Farmhouse Cheese.

Combining traditional methods with a 21st century cheesery, visitors can learn firsthand how grass, cows and milk combine to result in a delectable range of artesian cheeses.

Take the time to visit and sample white moulds, blue, hard and semi hard cheese creations and see why Locheilan Farmhouse Cheese is sought after at restaurants, farmers markets and delicatessens. The triple cream ring is a stand out feature at cheeseries, larders and on restaurant menus.

Open:                   Thursday to Sunday 11am to 5pm

Address:              754 Central Mundoona Road
                             Wunghnu VIC 3635

Phone:                 0490 077 157

Web:                    www.locheilancheese.com.au

Email:                   [email protected]

 

Manto Produce

Manto Produce

Peaches, nectarines, apricots, cherries, blood plums, pears, apples and figs…all the things road side stall dreams are made of. 

The Mantovani family have been tending the soil of this prized region for over 25 years. What started as a cannery fruit farm, has grown to over 200 acres and an award winning business.

Picked daily on the family farm, visitors and locals alike will delight at the range and quality of produce available. The self serve farm store benefits from refrigeration meaning the harvest remains as fresh as the moment it’s picked. It doesn’t get much fresher than that.

Open seven days and offering mixed fruit, vegetables, sauce tomatoes, preserving fruits and citrus boxes along with a wide variety of herbs. You’ll also find a selection of home grown and made jams. Why not pre-order for pick up or enquire about daily deliveries?

Open:                   Daily 8.30am to 6.00pm (self serve)

Address:              293 Campbell Rd
                             Cobram VIC 3644

Phone:                 0408 174 466

Website:              www.mantoproduce.com.au

Email:                   [email protected]

 

Monichino Wines

Monichino Wines

Established in 1962 by Carlo and Margaret Monichino, Monichino Wines is set over 25 hectares in the prestigious Goulburn Valley wine growing region – one of Australia’s oldest wine growing regions - and benefits from the rich waters of the Murray River. 

Today Monichino Wines remains truly a family affair with Carlo and Margaret’s son Terry the chief wine maker and daughter Anna the cellar door manager. Carlo’s rich Italian heritage shines through the 10,000 dozen wines and 27 varieties lovingly produced on the estate. 

Highly regarded for producing award-winning vintages, the emphasis at Monichino Wines is on producing premium full-bodied wines and their expanded range now includes new Italian varieties.

Visitors can enjoy tastings in the character filled cellar door and are welcome to pack a picnic to enjoy on the grounds.

Open:                   Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm

Address:              70 Berrys Road
                             Katunga VIC 3640

Phone:                 03 5864 6452

Web:                     www.monichino.com.au

Email:                   [email protected]

 

 

Rich Glen Olive Estate

Rich Glen Olive Estate

Just minutes from Yarrawonga, on the banks of the mighty Murray River, you’ll find the award winning Rich Glen Olive Estate.

Daimien and Ros Vodusek, their four kids and passionate local team grow, produce and make a delicious range of extra virgin olive oils, dressings, salt rubs, vinegars, teas and cordials and offer a sumptuous range of preservative free and all natural beauty and skin care products. 

The farm gate café tempts with morning and afternoon teas, lunches - featuring Rich Glen Olive Estate and other local products - refreshing drinks, drive worthy coffee and freshly made cakes.

Explore the extraordinary garden’s lush lawns, vegetable maze, wondrous plants and eclectic installations. Rediscover play with animals to pat and traditional games including hop scotch, maypole, naughts and crosses, chess and badminton.

Open:                   Daily 9am to 4pm (cafe 9am to 3pm
                             (see website and Facebook for Public Holiday hours)

Address:              734 Murray Valley Highway  
                             Yarrawonga VIC 3730

Phone:                 03 5743 3776

Web:                    www.richglenoliveoil.com

Email:                   [email protected]

 

 

The Big Strawberry

Fifty years in the making, The Big Strawberry pays homage to the humble strawberry.

Just a stone’s throw from the mighty Murray River, the Hayes family has grown strawberries since 1969. Their farm gate store consists of an acre of red, juicy and sweet strawberries available to pick when in season.

View the production room and sample the range of strawberry wines, liquors, ports and jams. Enjoy dessert, strawberry pancakes, a light meal or purchase from the selection of homemade ice-cream, jams, sauces and condiments available, along with novelty gift lines and souvenirs. Take a picture with the iconic giant strawberry – one of Australia’s famous ‘Big Things’. 

Families will love the dedicated play spaces for toddlers three and under and the adventure playground for four to 12 year olds. There’s also long vehicle parking – perfect for RVs and caravans.

Open :                  Daily 8am to 5pm
                              Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday
                              (see website and Facebook for other public holiday hours)

Address:              7034 Goulburn Valley Highway,
                             Koonoomoo VIC 3644

Phone:                 03 5871 1300

Web:                     www.thebigstrawberry.com.au

Email:                   [email protected]

 

Warrabilla Wines

Warrabilla Wines

Elegant Riesling, robust reds and time-honoured fortifieds - at Warrabilla Wines you’ll find an undeniable commitment to quality and an unapologetic approach to flavour.

Established in 1991 by winemaker Andrew Sutherland Smith, today he is joined by daughter and sixth generation winemaker to the family, Amy. The pair combine the best of traditional techniques and modern winemaking to produce incredible wines of texture and balance. 

Their small production and commitment to quality has generated somewhat of a cult following. Visitors to the unassuming Warrabilla Wines cellar door will uncover a fully-functioning winery and vineyards with dedicated staff to present the range of delicious wines available for tastings.

Don’t leave without trying Andrew’s beloved Durif – synonymous with the brand and an icon in the region.

Open:                  Daily 10am to 5pm

Address:              6152 Murray Valley Highway
                             Brimin VIC 3685

Phone:                 (02) 6035 7242

Web:                     www.warrabillawines.com.au

Email:                   [email protected]

 

 

Taster Partners

Taster Partners support Murray Farm Gate Trail businesses either by selling farm gate produce or using farm gate products to create delicious meals in their cafes and restaurants.

 

Café 3641

ADDRESS: 54 Main Street, Strathmerton, VIC 3641

PHONE: 03 5874 5261

EMAIL: [email protected]

 

Cobba Paddle Boat Cruises

ADDRESS: Rockarama Road, Cobram , VIC 3644

PHONE: 0457 033 217
EMAIL: [email protected]
WEB: www.cobba.net.au

 

Cobram Fine Food - Casa 68

ADDRESS: 64 -66 High Street, Cobram , VIC 3644

PHONE: 03 5872 2180
EMAIL: [email protected]
WEB: www.casa68.com.au

 

The Beach Cobram

ADDRESS: 2 Rockarama Road, Cobram VIC 3644

PHONE: 03 5871 2929
EMAIL: [email protected]

 

Kensal Estate Wines

Kensal Estate produces boutique wines, selectively handpicked and crushed on the site. They take great pride in their selection of grapes, picked just at the right time so that you can enjoy the full flavour. All wines are hand crushed, gently pressed and bottled with love on the premises. The range includes an array of reds, whites, ciders and their secret 1936 pedro ximenez. Groups welcome by appointment.

Open:              Monday to Friday 11am to 5pm             

Address:          4134 Murray Valley Highway, Cobram VIC 3644

Phone:             03 5871 1273 or 0419 331 705

Email:               [email protected]