This post is written by unWined Riverina, host of one of the Post-Conference Excursions at WMC19.
The Riverina winemaking region centres on the city of Griffith, Leeton and surrounding villages. We have been making wines for over 100 years and have a proud history of pioneers and immigrants working the land to establish their family businesses, some which are now in their sixth generation of ownership.
Our region is home to six of Australia’s top 20 largest wine companies and 7 of Australia’s top 15 wine exporters. All of our wineries are family owned businesses, with more than half identifying Italian heritage. The city of Griffith has a large Italian population and as a result has some of the best Italian eateries in Australia.
There is a rich culture of hard work and determination and our wineries continue to thrive by not only producing great quality table wines, internationally acclaimed fortified and dessert wines but by also exploring alternative and Italian varietals well suited to the Mediterranean climate and rich red soils.
Experience some of the varietals of Riverina:
White: Fiano, Pinot Grigio and Vermentino
Reds: Durif, Montepulciano, Nero d’Avola and Petit Verdot
Dessert/Fortifieds: Botrytis Semillon was first made famous by De Bortoli Wines in 1982 when it won a swag of International trophies and is one of the most awarded wines. Many of our wineries also make world class dessert wines known as stickies which match perfectly with cheeses, blue cheese especially. McWilliam’s Wines, the first winery established in the region, has an amazing collection of fortifieds that can’t be missed.
Riverina Cellar Doors: Visit our website for more information on opening hours www.
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We will be conducting a post-conference excursion for this year’s Wine Media Conference – please visit our Excursions page for more information.