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The Riverina – with Griffith at its heart – is situated in southern central New South Wales and is the largest producing wine region in NSW.

The McWilliam family pioneered the region, establishing their Hanwood vineyard in 1912. But it was waves of European migrants after the first and second world wars that gave the Riverina – and its wine industry – a cultural identity not replicated anywhere else in Australia. Their descendants, all third or fourth generation family businesses, are the wineries driving the new face of Riverina premium winemaking and account for a significant proportion of Australia’s export success winning accolades and recognition around the world.

However, it is a special wine made in small scale production that has made the region world-famous: Botrytis Semillon.

Botrytis Semillon – made in the style of great Sauternes - was first commercialised by Darren De Bortoli in 1982 with the Australian icon wine Noble One. Today the region boasts over a dozen different Botrytis Semillon wines, each luscious and unique to their winery.

Local wineries are driving the region forward, focusing on premium wine-making and developing other unique varieties such as Durif and Mediterranean varieties whilst remaining firmly focused on maintaining the Riverina’s reputation as one of the world’s best dessert wine regions.

Useful Contacts

Riverina Winemakers Association

Riverina Wine Grape Growers

UnWINEd Riverina 

NSW Wine Industry Partners

Upcoming Events

18 May 2022

Riesling Royale Masterclass

SOLD OUT - NSW Department of Primary Industry in collaboration with NSW Wine would like to invite you to attend the 2022 Riesling Royale Masterclass on 18th May at the QT Hotel Canberra


May, June, July 2022

NSW Wine Regional Trade Tasting

NSW Wine is hosting a series of regional tastings for the on-premise trade in Sydney. Part 1 focuses on the Hunter Valley, Mudgee, the Canberra District & Orange, with additional Parts taking place later in the year. For more info email:


June 2022

NSW Sommelier's Wine List Awards

Entries for the 2022 NSW Sommelier's Wine List Awards open on 24 March and close on 19 April. To find out more about these Awards and see who was a 2021 #nswwinestar click below.

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September 2022

2022 NSW Wine Awards Judging

Entries into the 27th annual ICC Sydney NSW Wine Awards will open in July 202, with judging taking place at ICC Sydney in September.


TBC 2022

NSW Wine Awards Presentation

Join the Governor of NSW at a lavish lunch and be amongst the first to hear which NSW wines and winemakers have been crowned the best of the best in 2022