The Murray River is the centrepiece for this warm climate region of Australia. Vast and reliant upon irrigation, this is the second largest wine region in Australia. There are about 1,300 growers and 23,000 hectares of vineyards, producing up to 400,000 tonnes annually.
Climate – Hot with long sunshine hours, low humidity and negligible growing season rainfall all contribute to making irrigation essential. The continental influence is strong, with consequent high shifts in diurnal temperature ranges but insufficient to make spring frosts a problem.
Soils – Unique to the Murray River system and known as calcareous earth, ranging from brown to red-brown loamy sand, sandy loam or loam.
Harvest – Early/mid-February to March
Wines – Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, other table wines