Murray Darling Wine Region

The Murray Darling wine region boasts year round sunshine which in turn allows for the production of wines with ripe fruit flavours and softness. The region measures from the South Australian border, east to Balranald in NSW and winds itself along the Murray River. It comprises both sides of the Murray and parts of the areas surrounding the Murrumbidgee and Darling Rivers. The main growing areas include those around Mildura, Red Cliffs and Euston.

The climate is considered continental as it has a low rainfall and is hot and dry. This climate has helped make the Murray Darling become one of Australia's premier wine regions as it produces bulk table wines and fortifieds. There is a large variety of grapes grown in the region which are harvested late January to mid March. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon have emerged as the premier wines of this region however it also produces fortified varieties such as Colombard, Muscat Gordo Blanco and Semillon. Muray Darling Wineries & Vineyards and Mildura Accommodation.

Swan Hill Wine Region

The Swan Hill region reaches from Victoria's Haysdale in the north, touches east to Kyalite in NSW and then back to Swan Hill. The main vineyards and wineries of the region follow the Murray Valley Highway. The area has little rainfall and is hot and dry and so most wineries depend on the Murray River for irrigation water. This Mediterranean climate makes it ideal for the production of mass market grapes, especially Chardonnay.

The region boasts some of the largest and most important wine companies in Australia which per annum can crush over 23 000 tonnes of grapes. Boutique wineries also abound in this region producing many premium wines of different varieties. You can see harvesting of these grapes between mid February and April.

The Golden Mile Wine Trail runs along the banks of the Murray River between Goodnight and Beverford. Here you can feast upon the sumptuous local produce and watch Murray life float by. Swan Hill Wineries & Vineyards and Swan Hill Accommodation.

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