For a tasty escape, the Riverina region is a treat. In south-western NSW, the rich soils support an extraordinary amount of delicious produce, earning the area the title as Australia’s food bowl. An enticing range of wine styles are made in the Riverina, the largest wine exporting region in NSW.
In addition to grapes, a significant amount of NSW’s oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes are grown in the Riverina. Other fresh produce includes peaches, apricots, plums, figs, olives, pistachios, walnuts, almonds as well as lamb, beef, chicken and quail, and grains such as wheat and rice.
You’ll find plenty of places to stay in charming towns. The two main regional cities, Wagga Wagga and Griffith, are easily accessible by road from Sydney or Melbourne. There are flights to both cities, too. Trains arrive daily in Wagga Wagga and there’s a Saturday service to Griffith from Sydney.
The Riverina has 16 wineries, most with cellar doors, and they are largely owned by family companies. The acclaimed botrytis semillon was first developed in the early 1980s by winemaker Darren de Bortoli, of De Bortoli Wines.
Migrant communities helped build the Riverina’s outstanding reputation for food and wine. In Griffith, two hours’ drive northwest of Wagga Wagga, the Italian heritage is strong. Browse for gourmet delights at Bertoldo’s Pasticceria, Riverina Grove and Codemo Smallgoods. In Wagga Wagga, visit Knights Meats and Deli for a tempting range of mouth-watering regional produce.
See some of our favourite wineries in the region include –
- De Bortoli
- Cottontails Wines
- Westend Estate
- Wagga Wagga Wines
- Beelgara Wines
- Australian Old Vine
- Nugan Estate
- Yarrow Park
- Stanbridge Estate
- Two Italian Boys