Exceptional food and wine abounds on the Limestone Coast. Eat and drink in high-end restaurants or join a gourmet food trail.
Great food makes excellent wine an even better experience. With the Southern Ocean on one side and some of South Australia’s best farmland on the other, it's no surprise the Limestone Coast produces sensational food.
Throw in warm summers, cold, wet winters and a long ripening season and you’ve also got perfect grape growing conditions. The Coonawarra is renowned for its robust reds and the Sauvignon Blancs from the cooler coastal wineries have a very good reputation.
Limestone Coast lobster is renowned for being the best as it's sourced locally.
Seafood and eat it
Feel like lobster for lunch? You can't go past the thriving southern ports of Port MacDonnell, Kingston S.E and Beachport, which also boasts one of the world's longest jetties.
Not only does the region produce some of South Australia’s best seafood, there’s also succulent lamb, delicious beef, prized duck, venison, kangaroo and even emu. The unique terra rossa soil means potatoes and strawberries are among the best in Australia.
Follow the trail
To help turn your food and wine experience into a real holiday highlight, our local producers formed the Limestone Coast Real Food and Wine Trail. It features more than 50 farm gates, cellar doors, restaurants, cafés and retailers. From emu mettwurst to fine wine, pick up a full colour brochure from a Visitor Information Centre to plan your Real Food and Wine Trail adventure.
Wine lovers will enjoy the Coonawarra Wineries Walking Trail, with five wineries along a five kilometre strip. You will be warmly welcomed into each of the cellar doors as you taste some of Australia's finest Cabernet Sauvignon and other varieties.
Stop by the Food Group Farmers’ Markets. Held in various locations around the region, fill your basket with a variety of fresh produce, amazing pickles, preserves and homemade jams.
If you want someone else to do the cooking (and the dishes), you'll find cosy cafés and superior à la carte dining for your enjoyment.
Eat Local SA
Want to eat like a local on the Limestone Coast? There's honey, native preserves, pickled walnuts and emu mettwurst, plus lobsters and Wagyu beef. Eat Local is an easy way for you to eat and buy authentic South Australian food. Look for the Eat Local signs or visit Eat Local SA.