Murray Darling and Swan Hill wine regions
The warmest of Victoria's wine regions, Murray Darling and Swan Hill's eclectic natural landscape of Red Gum forest, desert, river, outback and lagoons beside lush farmland not only tests but enhances the production of wines.
Mostly clustered around Mildura and Swan Hill, the wineries specialise in Australian favourites – smooth-drinking shiraz and flavoursome chardonnay. Meanwhile, some winemakers are excelling in growing alternative varieties such as viognier, nebbiolo, vermentino, durif, barbera and sangiovese.
Matching this diversity is the abundance and quality of food this region produces. Best known for its citrus and dried fruit, the area also harvests nuts, freshwater fish, olives, grains and luxury produce from saltbush lamb to pink salt, all enthusiastically exploited by local restaurants and cafes.
With excellent restaurants, festivals, wine shows and golf courses, this region has a lifestyle well-suited to its warm climate.
Murray Darling wine region
Drop into established vineyards in the Mildura area, which is celebrated for its award-winning wines and the spectrum of varieties it produces.
The local wine industry is steeped in history. With the first grape vines planted all the way back in 1888, the area is now the engine room of Victoria's wine export industry and is where some 80 per cent of the state's wine grape production occurs. So take some time, hopping from cellar door to cellar door, and enjoy well-priced, easy-drinking wines as you travel.
Visit Mildura in November for the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show and experience something quite different. This unique show highlights emerging or alternative wines, which are becoming popular worldwide.
Swan Hill wine region
Roam around Swan Hill and take advantage of the growing number of vineyards and cellar doors popping up in the region. Visit in October and enjoy four days of the Australian Inland Wine Show – a great opportunity to try a huge selection of wines from Australia's interior.