In the Riverland, grape growers and winemakers are encouraging new styles and making full flavoured wines that are popular the world over. Set within a panoramic backdrop of limestone cliffs, with their layers of colour and texture, the Riverland follows the twists and turns of the Murray as it rolls toward the Ocean.


Riverland winemakers are encouraging style development and making full-flavoured, generous and approachable wines that are popular the world over. The Riverland offers an abundance of riches for visitors - whether it's the juicy harvests of citrus fruits, the wines from world-class vineyards or the majestic Murray River itself.

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Alternative Varieties

From Arneis to Zinfandel: As the region continues to grow and adapt to new conditions, grape growers and winemakers continue to explore new grape varieties with the view to delivering high-quality and delicious wines. Southern Mediterranean varieties such as Montepulciano, Vermentino and Nero d’Avola are showing real promise.

Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot

Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are also grown extensively. Each is used as single varietal wines and in blends. The region’s warm temperatures tend to bring out the richer raspberry characteristics in the wines, while in cooler years the overall profile can demonstrate mint and blackcurrant.


The Riverland boasts more Chardonnay plantings than the combined total of other regions in South Australia. Riverland Chardonnay often exhibits vivacious and ripe flavours. Oak is often used, and this supports the richness of the wines as well as adding further complexity.


Shiraz is currently the most significant red variety. It responds well to the region’s conditions and the resulting wines are often very approachable. Dark berries and plums are terms commonly used to describe the scent of Riverland Shiraz.

Top varieties grown in Riverland
  • The Riverland climate is Continental, resulting in long sunny days and noticeably cooler nights. 
  • Long sunshine hours ensure fruit ripens fully and low relative humidity results in little or no disease pressures.
  • The soils of the Riverland vary significantly. The two main types are river valley soils, consisting of sandy loams over clay subsoils, and Mallee soils on higher ground, consisting of wind-blown sands over lime and clay layers. 
  • Soils within the river valley, comprising loams and clays, were formed when fine clay and silt particles were deposited over the flood plain by the River Murray. 
  • On higher ground, the Mallee landscape is characterized by depressions and rises and consists of windblown sands over lime and clay layers.