Murray Darling, the name in itself has a lot to say about the vibrant place. Formed by the confluence of two rivers – Murray and Darling, the region comes under the famous Big River zone of New South Wale (also spilling over in South Australia) making for the second largest wine region of Australia. Apart from the unique location, the Murray Darling wine region holds many adventures and festivities which one would never want to miss.
Some Lesser-Known Facts About Murray Darling
With a farming history dating back to 19th century, the region in very beginning of its winemaking heritage enjoyed a reputation for producing fortified wines. However, the Murray Darling wine industry saw a shift in 1930’s becoming one of the biggest table wines producer in Australia.
At present, the region accounts for an yearly production of one-fourth of total wines in the country.
It houses some big as well as boutique wineries that are well-known for planting rare in Australia, Mediterranean grape varieties.
With an inclination towards wines that are not mainstream, Murray Darling hosts an annual Alternative Varieties Wine Show at the centre city Mildura. A gratifying experience!
The Climate & Soil
Although the region spreads over a vast area, the standard climatic condition all over is dry and hot with low humidity and abundant sunshine. However, the temperature drastically falls down during the night. The continental climate accompanied by a predominantly loamy soil makes for a perfect wine growing region.
House to Unique Wine Styles
While it’s dominated by the mainstream Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, we should also not forget the fact about alternative varieties flourishing in the region. These days, it’s gaining fame for the rare in country, Italian wines like Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Moscato, Pinot Grigio, Barbera, Lambrusco and Vermentino. The huge piece of land covers an unimaginable variety which goes as far as to the production of Petit Verdot, Tempranillo, Grenache, Colombard and Viognier.
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