6 Riverland wineries to visit this summer
22nd December 2020
The wine region you’re missing
If you are thinking of visiting some wineries in South Australia then what generally comes to mind is the well known and stunning Barossa Valley. However South Australia’s Riverland is fast becoming an equally appealing option with its new smaller boutique style wineries popping up amongst the large scale industrial producers.
The Riverland wineries all share common passions, those being sustainability and the future of the soil and environment in this beautiful region which is so rich in nature and wildlife.The river itself is very influential in the success story of wine production in this area as it provides a rich soil along with incredible diversity of fauna and flora along its banks therefore giving the grapes the perfect conditions for nurturing and growing. The climate is also perfect for grape production with its long summer days, low rainfall and humidity – all allowing the grapes to ripen to their fullest.
In the remainder of this article, we persuade you why a wine trip to the Riverland is a must in 2021, by outlining our very favourites.
6 excellent wineries in the Riverland
This winery is situated next to the Murray River right in the heart of the Riverland and uses some of the worlds greatest grape varieties to produce full-flavoured fruit driven wines. The owners of Banrock Station have a passion for producing good wines but also a dedication to protecting the environment in the process. All are welcome to visit the cellar door and whilst there, experience their famous wetland centre and boardwalks. Enjoy spotting the many species of birds, emus and kangaroos whilst taking in the glorious views. Banrock Station offers an amazing opportunity to experience the true nature of the Riverland and sample their wonderful wines and delicious locally sourced food. The owners believe that it is the preservation of the area’s natural beauty that makes their wines so unique.
This fifth generation family business is the Riverland’s oldest privately owned wine company in Australia. Establishing itself in 1910, it has become the leading organic grape grower in the country and has in recent years shown a deep commitment to sustainability since becoming certified as organic. Their supply of around 19 different types of grapes comes from many vineyards in the McLaren Vale and the Riverland. Wine aficionados will be interested to learn that in the 1960’s they were the first to produce value wines in a box. Why not visit The Angove Cellar Door in the heart of Renmark? Enjoy the stunning views and taste the diverse selection of wines that are on offer. If spirits are your thing then try the famous St Agnes Brandy as well as their range of fortified wines.
This Riverland winery was established in 1998 and is perhaps best known as Australia’s largest producer of organic red wine. Apart from their rich and delicious red wines, they produce notable crisp white wines, roses and cooling sparkling wines for long hot summer days. Situated between the picturesque towns of Berri and Loxton, the winery is home to the Cucina 837 Restaurant, renowned for its delicious food and wine. Right from the start, the owners of Salena Estate, Bob and Sylvia Franchitto, set out to produce a world class wine that was also great value for customers in any global market. They have undoubtedly achieved their aim as evidenced by the fact that their winery has been awarded more than 20 trophies and 100 gold medals from competitions around the world.
Specialising in the production of high quality organic wines, this small family company based in Glossop and founded in 1999, established their vineyards in 2002. Since then they have expanded rapidly, providing a crush of 60 tonnes of fruit which enables them to produce a wide variety of exciting wines with a flavour that people thirst for. This winery is pet friendly so you can bring your beloved well-behaved pooch and conduct your tasting on the lawn in the beautiful sunshine.
Peter and Eleni Markeas arrived in Australia in the 1960s from Greece, fell in love with this sun drenched region and decided to fulfil their dream of producing wine by establishing their first vineyard in 1969. Then in 1998, with almost 30 years of experience behind them, the Mallee Estate was created and continues to produces superior quality wines from grapes that are grown with an environmentally effective management system. The wines they produce today evoke the atmosphere of sitting in a Greek taverna on a warm sunny evening. So visiting this Cellar door and restaurant is a must when exploring the Riverland wineries.
This fascinating winery demonstrates how just through biodynamic farming practices, it is possible to produce organic wines of outstanding quality. All the grapes are handpicked after being carefully selected then basket pressed with a great deal of care and attention. All of the wines produced here are wild west ferments which give a unique and distinctive flavour – whether they be a traditional Chardonnay or one of the new varieties that are fast emerging such as Petit Manseng, Mencia or the Montepulciano. With its vineyards and cellar door sitting on the scenic banks of the Murray River it certainly is a fascinating place to visit.
Book a wine trip to the Riverland
The perfect hotel for your visit to the Riverland is the Big River Golf and Country Club. Based in the beautiful town Berri and close to many of the Riverland wineries, the hotel provides you with comfortable accommodation as well as an 18 hole golf course and outdoor pool. A bar overlooking the golf course adds another layer of epicurean relaxation to your getaway.
As you can see Riverland wineries offer so much more than just wine tasting. Head to the Riverland and experience the fascinating culture of wine production in a beautiful and relaxing setting – and of course sample some of the wonderfully diverse organic wines that the region has to offer.
For more information regarding things to do in the Riverland, take a look at our Ultimate Guide to Berri.