South Australia

Riverland In the Riverland, grape growers and winemakers are encouraging new styles and making full flavored wines that are popular the world over. Set within a panoramic backdrop of limestone cliffs, with their layers of color and texture, the Riverland follows the twists and turns of the Murray as it rolls toward the Ocean.

Riverland winemakers are encouraging style development and making full-flavored, 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.

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. Southern Mediterranean varieties such as Montepulciano, Vermentino and Nero d’Avola are showing real promise.

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.