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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

May 2024

NSW Sommelier's Wine List Awards

The next NSW Sommelier's Wine List Awards are now OPEN for entries. To find out more about these Awards and see who were the 2023 #nswwinestar click below.

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27 May 2024

Sydney Trade Tasting ~ Young Guns

The next NSW Wine Sydney Trade Tasting of 2024 will take place in May in a central CBD location, and will be focusing on wines from up and coming winemakers.

November 2024

NSW Wine Awards Presentation

Join the Governor of NSW at a lavish lunch at ICC Sydney and be amongst the first to hear which NSW wines and winemakers have been crowned the best of the best in 2024.