The Riverland is Australia’s largest wine-producing region and is located on the banks of Australia’s largest river, The Murray River, nurturing the region’s grapevines, which produce warm, fruit-driven styles of wine that have underpinned much of Australia’s success in recent decades.

Riverland winemakers are encouraging style development and making full-flavoured, generous and approachable wines that are popular the world over. The Riverland offers an abundance of riches for visitors - whether it's the juicy harvests of citrus fruits, the wines from world-class vineyards or the majestic Murray River itself. 

Set within a panoramic backdrop of limestone cliffs, with their layers of colour and texture, the Riverland follows the twists and turns of the Murray as it rolls toward the Ocean. The Murray River also supports some of Australia’s most distinctive wildlife and the Riverland is well regarded as a bird lover’s paradise.

Regional Checklist:

  • The Riverland is Australia's largest wine grape growing and winemaking region and produces some of Australia's most popular wines.
  • The region is home to around 20 wineries. 
  • The Riverland climate is Continental, resulting in long sunny days and noticeably cooler nights.
  • The soils of the Riverland vary significantly
  • The Riverland is well regarded as a bird lover’s paradise

Regional website:
www.riverlandwine.org.au 

 

Climate:
The Riverland climate is Continental, resulting in long sunny days and noticeably cooler nights. Long sunshine hours ensure fruit ripens fully and low relative humidity results in little or no disease pressures.

Soil: 
The soils of the Riverland vary significantly. The two main types are river valley soils, consisting of sandy loams over clay subsoils, and Mallee soils on higher ground, consisting of wind-blown sands over lime and clay layers. Soils within the river valley, comprising loams and clays, were formed when fine clay and silt particles were deposited over the flood plain by the River Murray. On higher ground, the Mallee landscape is characterized by depressions and rises and consists of windblown sands over lime and clay layers.

Wines: 
Chardonnay:
  The Riverland boasts more Chardonnay plantings than the combined total of other regions in South Australia. Riverland Chardonnay often exhibits vivacious and ripe flavours. Oak is often used, and this supports the richness of the wines as well as adding further complexity.

Shiraz:  Shiraz is currently the most significant red variety. It responds well to the region’s conditions and the resulting wines are often very approachable. Dark berries and plums are terms commonly used to describe the scent of Riverland Shiraz.

Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot:  Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are also grown extensively. Each is used as single varietal wines and in blends. The region’s warm temperatures tend to bring out the richer raspberry characteristics in the wines, while in cooler years the overall profile can demonstrate mint and blackcurrant.

Alternative varietals:  From Arneis to Zinfandel: As the region continues to grow and adapt to new conditions, grape growers and winemakers continue to explore new grape varieties with the view to delivering high-quality and delicious wines.

Vital Statistics:
RENMARK WEATHER STATION 1889-2003 (EASTERN SECTOR)
Map Coordinates:                                      34°10’S, 140°45’E 
Altitude:                                                   20 metres (65.6 feet) 
Heat degree days, October - April:              2084 (cut off at 19°C (66.2°F)(but otherwise not adjusted)
Growing season rainfall, October -April:      135 millimetres (5.3 inches) 
Mean January temperature:                        24.6°C (76°F) 
Relative humidity, October -April, 3 pm:      Average 33% 
Harvest:                                                   Mid February - mid April


 

Bill Moularadellis, Managing Director & Chief Winemaker, Kingston Estate Wines, Riverland, South Australia

Kingston Estate Wines has grown rapidly since Bill’s parents, Sarantos and Constantina Moularadellis, first developed their 40-acre vineyard in 1979 in the Riverland. Today, Kingston is the 10th largest wine producer in Australia and remains one of the largest family-owned wineries.

"I joined the business in 1985 with a vision to produce premium wines from the Riverland. My first crush in 1986 produced 60 tonnes and in that year the first commercial vintage of 4,500 cases of wine was produced,” Bill says.

"In April 1998 the company commenced a development of its own vineyards. The centrepiece was the extensive planting of two emerging grape varieties, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Both varieties have been identified as perfectly suited to the warm-climate Riverland region, producing wines of rare richness and structure, and are now enjoying considerable wine show success.

"With the growth of the company came the expansion of production, storage and wood maturation facilities. The winery facility now has the capability to produce in excess of one million cases of premium varietal wines each vintage. 60% of production is shipped overseas to the traditional markets of the UK, the US, Canada, New Zealand and Sweden, along with the emerging markets of Germany, China and Singapore."

Kingston Estate Wines has grown rapidly since Bill’s parents, Sarantos and Constantina Moularadellis, first developed their 40-acre vineyard in 1979 in the Riverland. Today, Kingston is the 10th largest wine producer in Australia and remains one of the largest family-owned wineries.

"I joined the business in 1985 with a vision to produce premium wines from the Riverland. My first crush in 1986 produced 60 tonnes and in that year the first commercial vintage of 4,500 cases of wine was produced,” Bill says.

"In April 1998 the company commenced a development of its own vineyards. The centrepiece was the extensive planting of two emerging grape varieties, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Both varieties have been identified as perfectly suited to the warm-climate Riverland region, producing wines of rare richness and structure, and are now enjoying considerable wine show success.

"With the growth of the company came the expansion of production, storage and wood maturation facilities. The winery facility now has the capability to produce in excess of one million cases of premium varietal wines each vintage. 60% of production is shipped overseas to the traditional markets of the UK, the US, Canada, New Zealand and Sweden, along with the emerging markets of Germany, China and Singapore."

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