Murray Darling & Swan Hill wine regions
The warm climate of the Murray Darling and Swan Hill wine regions not only make trips pleasant all year round, it has helped cultivate some of Australia's best wines. Visit wineries and sample local varietals taking in the eclectic natural landscapes of Red Gum forest, desert, river, outback and lagoons.
Make the pilgrimage to Mildura and Swan Hill and be treated to Australian favourites like smooth shiraz and flavoursome chardonnay. Local winemakers also excel at growing varieties like viognier, nebbiolo, vermentino, durif, barbera and sangiovese.
Why not try more than just the wine? 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.
Keep an eye on the calendar for food and wine festivals throughout the year. The Mildura Jazz Food and Wine Festival in November and Swan Hill Region Food and Wine Festival in March are great ways to pack all your foodie adventures into one event, while the Merbein Great Australian Vanilla Slice Triumph in August celebrates the humble Aussie treat.
Murray Darling's heritage cellars
Drop into established vineyards in the Mildura area, which is celebrated for its award-winning wines and the spectrum of varieties it produces.
Embark on a self-guided tasting tour of the region's cellar doors – from the family-run Trentham Estate and picturesque Lindeman's Karadoc Winery to the historic Chateau Mildura. Though the region's first vines were planted all the way back in 1888 there are emerging varietals worth checking out, like the Robinvale Wines organic and bio-dynamic range.
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's regional bounty
Wander through Swan Hill's country landscape and take advantage of the growing number of vineyards and cellar doors popping up across 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.