Riverina Wine Collective, Griffith

As we head into summer berry growth, the Riverina Wine Collective talks flavours.

White wine grapes, grown in the Riverina, ripen in the late summer sun when the weather is warm and dry, creating youthful, flavoursome wines. Whether it’s a summery Savvy, zingy Vermentino or crisp Pinot Grigio, each embraces a plethora of flavours such as peach and passionfruit, citrus and pear.  Chardonnay, lightly oaked, exhibits ripe fruit, honey and vanilla aromas while an unoaked style has hints of pineapple, yellow apple, and melon.

The thick-skinned berries of red wine grapes (think Cabernet and Shiraz), impart deep colour and bold flavours. Distinctly Riverina, they create rich and earthy wines with flavours of red berry and plum, copious blackberry, licorice and chocolate, balanced with spicy fruit and hints of pepper.

Our warm climate medium-bodied reds are soft and supple, brimming with juicy red berry flavours. A year-round red wine lover? Try a Merlot for the summer months, with easy tannins and a smooth finish, this is a great food matching wine.

Our Stories

Highlighting the grower-winemaker relationship, the Riverina Wine Collective features the Nero D’Avola grape. A perfect blend of nature and nurture, Nero D’Avola will fill your glass with cherry, sweet spice, and plum notes. As grower, Jim Minato aptly states, ‘I feel that the alternative red varieties grow well in the Riverina, due to the fact they are suited to our warm Mediterranean climate.’ 

Head to the “Our Stories” page for a more in-depth interview with Jim Minato and Calabria Family Wines winemaker Emma Norbiato.

Check out the Summer 2016-17 edition of Inside the Riverina here.

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Bringing together three generations of dedicated growers, family wineries and talented winemakers, the Riverina Wine Collective celebrates the region’s wine-producing success. Whether you’re a novice or wine buff, the Collective can help you discover different Riverina flavours from the abundance of wines on offer. Explore decadent dessert wines, full-bodied, earthy reds, and the tropical fruit flavours of our whites. Or perhaps you prefer the spicy plum of a lesser-known Durif (Petit Sirah) or aromatic Vermentino.

What makes Riverina grapes so good? Our rich soils, low rainfall and ample sunshine contribute to the delicious taste and flavour imparted to the finished wine, known to some by the expression ‘terroir’. The award winning wines are a testament to the teamwork between our grape growers and winemakers.

Jump onto the Riverina Wine Collective website to read grower stories, choose a flavour and head directly to local wineries, where you can make online purchases, delivering the Riverina to your door.

Lunch In The Vineyard
The Riverina Wine Collective invites you to enjoy a spring afternoon amidst a beautiful Griffith vineyard on Sunday 2 October for a delicious, locally-inspired lunch paired with Riverina wines as part of the 2016 Taste Riverina Festival. For more information visit riverinawinecollective.com.au/events or to book visit www.trybooking/212281.

Check out the Spring 2016 edition of Inside the Riverina here.

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Whether you’re entertaining visitors or celebrating with family and friends this summer, choose a drop from the Riverina Wine Collective and you’re sure to find a flavour to please every palate.

Bringing together generations of dedicated growers, family wineries and talented winemakers, the Riverina Wine Collective was recently launched with a glamorous spring luncheon. The event showcased the region’s nationally acclaimed and award-winning wines from Calabria Family Wines, Nugan Estate, Yarran Wines and McWilliams Wines.

Nestled amongst the freshly budding vines, a crowd of intrigued wine-loving guests was eager to share in the tasting experience of local produce superbly match with local wines. Hearing from the winemakers directly, the event highlighted the diversity of Riverina wines and our distinct flavours.

With generations of wine-producing heritage in their blood, the Riverina Wine Collective’s growers and winemakers have many stories to share about the innovation of the industry in the Riverina, and how wines have developed to suit the ever-changing consumer palate.

Now’s the perfect time to combine a cellar door tasting experience in Leeton and Griffith with renowned restaurants and cafes, where wines of the Collective are served for your enjoyment.

Check out the Summer 2015-16 edition of the Inside the Riverina magazine here.

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With one in every four glasses of Australian wine produced in the Riverina and millions of bottles of local wine making their way around the world each year, the region has an exciting success story to share.

This story will underpin the new Riverina Wine Collective initiative, devised and launched by parent organisation, the Wine Grapes Marketing Board (WGMB). The Riverina Wine Collective will operate as the board’s consumer and promotional arm, helping advance the regional message and acting as a conduit between wine-loving customers and the region’s brands. Through its recently unveiled website, riverinawinecollective.com.au, the collective is showcasing comprehensive information about the area’s growers, wine varieties, and products. The website also offers direct links to the websites of the locally-based wineries, enabling consumers to make online purchases. Soon, the collective will roll out an advertising campaign on social media and other formats to draw consumers to the new website and connect them with the story of the Riverina’s wine industry today – an accomplished wine region with something for everyone!

Riverina Grape Grower ~ Greg Bonetti

As a newer-generation grape grower, Greg Bonetti is proud to be welcomed by the region’s family of farmers – some who have been in the industry for decades.

Greg not only loves grape farming, but has also become an ardent and vocal champion of the local industry, praising the many brilliant and award-winning wines produced each year. He firmly believes there is much untapped growth and success to come and he’s excited to be part of that promising future. Greg started planting wine grapes in 2005 to diversify from his years of broadacre farming. From producing three varieties then, he and his
team now nurture 10 different varieties including Colombard, Sauvignon blanc, Pinot grigio, Semillon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Durif.

Greg is grateful to have learned a new dimension in farming practices after venturing into grape farming, in particular the challenges that came with installing a drip irrigation system. In 2014, his nearly 140-hectare property, called Maxlands, yielded 3,000 tonnes of grapes. With spring just starting, Greg will start the familiar practice of closely monitoring the growth of this year’s berries while hoping for the weather and conditions to align to create a bumper crop in 2016.

Check out the Spring 2015 edition of the Inside the Riverina magazine here.


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