Discover world-class wineries, fresh produce and nation-building heritage in Griffith, in the beautiful Riverina in south-western NSW. You’ll find plenty of cellar doors to visit, providores with delicious local produce, quality restaurants and cafes, and festivals celebrating a rich food and wine culture.
Designed by noted architect Walter Burley Griffin in the early 20th century as part of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Scheme, Griffith is six hours’ drive from Sydney and five hours from Melbourne. You can also fly to Griffith Airport. Accommodation options suit various budgets.
The first vineyard was established in 1912 just outside Griffith. European migrants after World War I and II settled in the region and helped build a distinctive food and wine culture. Their contribution is celebrated at the Griffith Multicultural Festival, which is part of the annual Spring Fest in October.
From the irrigation scheme to wine making, explore the heritage of Griffith at two museums on the same picturesque grounds. The Griffith Italian Museum is in the Pioneer Park Museum, which spans over 30 historic buildings. For art lovers, the Griffith Regional Art Gallery has impressive collections.
The enticing events calendar includes the Rewind the Wines in March and the Griffith Easter Party, held on the Easter long weekend. Enjoy fun activities for the whole family, with an Easter egg hunt, wine tasting, live music and more. Festa delle Salsicce in August celebrates Griffith’s Italian heritage.
Some of the best-known wineries with cellar doors are De Bortoli Wines, home of the internationally acclaimed Noble One botrytis semillon, McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate, Casella Family Brands and Calabria Family Wines. There are also smaller boutique wineries, such as Yarran Wines.
For tours of wineries and farms, join Bella Vita Tours or Griffith Tours on delectable adventures of the area. In town, browse providores such as Riverina Grove, Bertoldo’s Pasticceria and Codemo Smallgoods for locally made delicacies. Bertoldo’s is an institution, a family bakery since 1952.