Learn more about Riverina Murrumbidgee
The Riverina is recognised for its luscious botrytis Semillon wines. Located in south west New South Wales (600km south west from Sydney and 450km north of Melbourne), in the heart of New South Wales wine region, it is also known as Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area and Griffith.
The Riverina is extremely important as it’s Australia’s second largest wine growing region. This is because the region’s climatic conditions together with modern drip irrigation allow the consistent production of premium quality grapes. It has been essential to Australia’s export success because of its ability to supply wine across the varietal spectrum more cost effectively than other regions.
The viticultural history of the region dates back to 1912 and to the arrival of John James McWilliam who participated in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Scheme. The region yields approximately 55% of the production in New South Wales and 15% within Australia.
The high humidity late in the season favours the development of Botrytis (Noble Rot) and botrytised Semillon is indeed the region's speciality, supplemented by Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon wines.