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You’ll be delighted with the internationally acclaimed wines at cellar doors in the Riverina, including the famous dessert wine botrytis semillon. Enjoy delicious restaurants and cafes, the bountiful fresh produce and gourmet delights, and colourful farmers markets.
Delicious food and wine in the Riverina
For a tasty escape, the Riverina region is a treat. In south-western NSW, the rich soils support an extraordinary amount of delicious produce, earning the area the title as Australia’s food bowl. An enticing range of wine styles are made in the Riverina, the largest wine exporting region in NSW.
In addition to grapes, a significant amount of NSW’s oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes are grown in the Riverina. Other fresh produce includes peaches, apricots, plums, figs, olives, pistachios, walnuts, almonds as well as lamb, beef, chicken and quail, and grains such as wheat and rice.
You’ll find plenty of places to stay in charming towns. The two main regional cities, Wagga Wagga and Griffith, are easily accessible by road from Sydney or Melbourne. There are flights to both cities, too. Trains arrive daily in Wagga Wagga and there’s a Saturday service to Griffith from Sydney.
The Riverina has 16 wineries, largely owned by family companies. The acclaimed botrytis semillon was first developed here by winemaker Darren de Bortoli, of De Bortoli Wines. Other leading wineries include Cottontails Restaurant and Winery, Borambola Wines, Calabria Family Wines, Casella Wines, Lilypilly Estate and McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate.
Migrant communities helped build the Riverina’s outstanding reputation for food and wine. In Griffith, two hours’ drive northwest of Wagga Wagga, the Italian heritage is strong. Browse for gourmet delights at Bertoldo’s Pasticceria, Riverina Grove and Codemo Smallgoods. In Wagga Wagga, visit Knights Meats and Deli for a tempting range of mouth-watering regional produce.
For sweet delights, tour the Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory in Junee, 30 minutes’ drive northeast of Wagga Wagga. Cheese lovers will relish a visit to Coolamon, 30 minutes’ drive northwest of Wagga Wagga, for cheese tasting at the Coolamon Cheese Factory. An hour’s drive east of Wagga Wagga is Gundagai, home to wineries making excellent shiraz and chardonnay wines.
An enticing events calendar celebrates everything about the deep food and wine culture in the Riverina. The Taste Riverina Festival is a month-long event in October. You can also taste local produce at restaurants and cafes and at markets, such as Narrandera Farmers Market in Narrandera, Junee Farmers Market in Junee and the Leeton Farmers Market in Leeton.