WILD GAME WINE: A passion for local produce

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  • Wild Game Wine Cellar Door and Wine Bar
  • Open noon-8pm Fridays and noon-6pm Saturdays and Sundays
  • Also open by appointment, call ahead for large groups

If you love to enjoy quality produce in beautiful surroundings, then a visit to Wild Game Wine’s recently-opened cellar door and wine bar should be on top of your must-do list.

The exciting new venture is brought to you by Mary Kennedy and partner Guy Stratford, who have grown grapes for more than 20 years and are passionate about local food and wine.

They released their first wine label (a 2012 cabernet sauvignon) in 2016 and opened the cellar door and wine bar in June this year.

”We wanted to provide a personal point of contact for customers and something a little bit different for Naracoorte,” Mary said.

“We had the opportunity to use this space (adjacent to the art gallery which was originally the local doctor’s residence) which really lends itself to a cellar door and wine bar.

“Where we are out the back is in the old stables – right next to Gigii Cafe and Art (open Wednesday to Friday) so it’s a great combination of great coffee, great wine and great art in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.”

Wild Game Wine’s space boasts a verandah and lush lawn, plus a cosy room in which to enjoy wines and platters. 

Why not try one of their board games or lawn games to add even more fun to your visit?

In addition to the verandah and lawn area, there is also a cosy room in which to enjoy mouthwatering wines and platters. The verandah also features a slow combustion wood heater and a gas heater for year-round comfort.

A boutique winery, Wild Game Wine produces between 300-500 cases annually, which can be ordered online or picked up in person. 

They offer wine tastings and wine sales by the glass and the bottle – to either enjoy there or take away. 

Gift packs are available so be sure to stock up for Christmas.

Wild Game Wine grows shiraz and cabernet sauvignon on farm and for cellar door release they offer a riesling grown by a friend of a friend in Watervale. They will also soon release a sparkling pinot gris from Mt Gambier.

To accompany their drinks, visitors can choose from a selection of platters filled with mouthwatering South Australian produce sourced from family-owned companies including Paris Creek cheeses and Outback Pride dukkah.

The grapes used in Wild Game Wine are a real point of difference, according to Mary.

“We grow the shiraz and cabernet sauvignon on the farm north east of Coonawarra using biological farming principles,” she said.

“We don’t use any pesticides or systemic chemicals.

“Everything we do in the vineyards is to encourage naturally-healthy soils and vines. Consumers like to know where their food is coming from - they appreciate meeting the person growing the grapes and knowing nothing unnecessary has gone into the bottle.”

Mary said operating in the wonderfully diverse and supportive community of Naracoorte and, more recently, meeting customers face-to-face at the cellar door and wine bar has been particularly enjoyable.

“For the past two years most of our wine sales have been online or directly to restaurants so it’s been lovely to meet the customers, talk about the wine and get their feedback,” she said.

“Some people are quite intimidated by wine, so we want to break down that stigma. Everyone’s palate is different. Wine tasting is subjective, it’s about what you enjoy, and we want people to enjoy wine.”