PRINCE Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were given a taste of what South Australia had to offer during a whirlwind tour yesterday.They sampled rare South Australian wine, local meats, cheese and other produce - as well as Tim Tams - before several hundred people along the city's River Torrens applauded and cheered as they stopped to receive flowers and chat.
A Government House reception wound up the South Australian leg of the tour, where the royal couple cuddled some koalas ahead of their return to Melbourne.
The day in South Australia began at the Kilkenny Primary School, where the royals inspected a kitchen garden set up by the children under a program developed by celebrated chef Stephanie Alexander.
Prince Charles and Camilla chatted with the pupils and looked over their vegetable-growing efforts before lunching with the students.
From there they headed for the historic Penfolds winery at suburban Magill which was established by English doctor Christopher Penfold more than 150 years ago and where a showcase of local produce was on display, including mutton, chicken, kangaroo, tuna, olives and a range of local cheeses.
The prince showed his knowledge of generic Aussie customs, declaring Tim Tams are best "dunked", while Camilla admitted "they can be quite addictive".
When they arrived at the winery, celebrated winemaker Peter Gago poured the royals a small glass each of a 1962 Coonawarra Cabernet Kalimna Shiraz, a 50-year-old vintage he said was rarer than the iconic Penfold's Grange.
At $4000 a bottle it is also as expensive as some of the most collectable Grange vintages.
"They absolutely loved it," Mr Gago said.
"That wine has lovely maturation characters and it's half-a-century old. There were only ever 425 cases of it made."
Host for the showcase at Penfolds was local food celebrity Maggie Beer, who said the royal couple were interested in all the local produce.
"They wanted to know about the farming. They wanted to know about the stories. We just didn't have enough time," she said.
"He reacted with the issues about farming and sustainability with real knowledge."
At Government House the royal couple were greeted by about 500 invited guests, mostly local volunteers.
They each cuddled a koala before a scheduled departure for Melbourne.