Sometimes a brand can be so completely familiar to you that you really don’t think about it at all. It’s just always been there, in your peripheral, never really coming into focus because, you know, it’s always been there.
This is what Banrock Station was like for me. A name so familiar I never thought twice about it. I knew nothing about it other than the fact that I always saw Banrock Station wine around the place. I didn’t even know where Banrock Station was. It was just there.
On a recent trip home from interstate, BW pointed out that we were going to drive past Banrock Station’s cellar door, stated that it was supposed to have an amazing view and asked if wanted to stop in. Never one to say no to a winery visit, we pulled off the main road and wove our way along the dirt road that led to this never-before-considered cellar door.
Set in the middle of nowhere, overlooking a wetland, Banrock Station does indeed have an amazing view, reminiscent somewhat of Maggie Beer’s in the Barossa but on a much larger scale. The Wetland Circuit at Banrock Station is an 8km round trek but there are two shorter options if you don’t have that much time to spare and, during our visit, we overheard a young family exclaiming about all of the wildlife they saw on their little jaunt around the wetlands. It sounded impressive!
With only enough time to sample some wine before we needed to hit the road again, BW and I tucked into a few tastings with the friendly ladies behind the bar and I have to say, I was very pleasantly surprised at how much of their wine I really enjoyed. Another very, very pleasant surprise was the phenomenal discount you get if you join as a VIP member of Banrock Station – a thing you can only do if you happen to make the journey out there to see them in person. We’re talking 50% discounts on some of their wines people! I kid you not.
And why wouldn’t you make the journey out there? If good wine and amazing views with wildlife-filled walks weren’t your thing, I hear that the food they serve up is amazing. Completely worth the three hour drive from Adelaide (if that’s where you happen to be originating from) is the rumour, which I will be sure to test out at my earliest available opportunity. In fact, the lovely ladies serving us advised that several groups of people make a day of journeying out to see them for lunch. It’s gotta be good to warrant a six hour return trip, right?
Banrock Station Wine & Wetland Centre can be found 34km east of Waikerie. Here’s a handy little map for you.
They’re open every single day from 9am except for Good Friday, Christmas and New Years Day. For the exact hours of operation of the cafe and the wine centre itself, check out the web site here.