This full-day tour explores some of the Island’s most reputable producers, with tastings and admission fees included in the tour fee.
Craig Wickham, managing director of EKI, is confident this product is right for Australians travellers as well as International visitors when borders re-open.
“The Island’s producers have embraced the value-add concept and are taking full advantage of our Mediterranean climate. There is good awareness of our diverse produce scene even ‘across the ditch’ in the minds of New Zealand travellers who are likely to be our first international guests post-COVID19” said Craig.
Highlights of the Fine Flavours itinerary include:
- Morning tea with a selection of hot beverages
- Tailgate tasting in the groves at Kangaroo Island Olives
- A private behind-the-scenes tour and oyster tasting at The Oyster Farm
- An elegant picnic lunch with a selection of local wines and beer
- A private tour and tasting at Clifford’s Honey Farm.
- A hosted wine tasting at The Islander Estate Vineyards cellar door
- A hosted gin and liqueur tasting at Kangaroo Island Spirits
This tour adds to EKI’s extensive range of small group and private options, which cover food & wine, wildlife, history, art, landscapes, conservation and more.
Traditionally, EKI has had an even split between small group scheduled tours and private tours. A recent upgrade to their website has included four scheduled tours, including the new Fine Flavours and eight private three day thematic itineraries.
“These new programmes really target specific travellers – those travelling with kids or as a couple (Young Families, Active Explorers, Luxe Couples), or those with specific interests like birdwatching (Wild About Birds), photography (Photo Safari), conservation (Conservation Connection), arts and culture (Art Immersion) and an expanded version of the Fine Flavours tour, which we have called Fished, Farmed and Fermented” said Craig.
EKI has a long history in showcasing the best of Kangaroo Island. They were the original luxury and small group tour operator, beginning in 1986, with marine adventures before Craig purchased the business in 1990 and focused on land-based experiences.
Despite 2020 delivering the Kangaroo Island community a double blow, with bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic, the Exceptional Kangaroo Island team remain optimistic.
“Having owned the business for nearly 30 years, we’ve experienced plenty of ups and downs. By its’ nature, tourism is always affected by significant global events, but demand will return. We feel that by focusing on those strengths derived from the creativity of our community, the beauty of our landscape, the resilience of our environment, and the fresh local produce, we have a compelling offer to share.
“At the end of the day, our job is to celebrate the very best that our Island home offers, and to package it up into an easily digestible experience – and our Fine Flavours tour is a central part of that” Craig concluded.