Swan Hill

Nestled on the banks of the Murray River at the heart of a fertile agricultural region, Swan Hill’s first winery was built in 1930. The region's first winery, St Andrews, was built in 1930 by the Thomson family, and is still active.

 

Swan Hill is well known for outdoor activities, particularly water-based sports along the Murray River, good food and wine and its rich pioneer history. 

35° 20'S
Latitude
60-85m
Altitude
178mm
Growing season rainfall

Cabernet Sauvignon

The region produces Cabernet of great colour with an attractive mix of berry aromas and a medium-weight, berry-flavoured palate. 

Chardonnay

This wine has a soft, melony, peachy easy-to-drink style to be consumed generally within two years of vintage or soon afterwards.

Shiraz

These are smooth, medium-bodied fruity reds are usually best drunk within two years. They represent excellent value for money. 

Top varieties grown in Swan Hill
Climate
  • Swan Hill is an undeniably hot region, though marginally cooler than Murray Darling and with a slightly higher annual rainfall. This gives Shiraz, for example, a budburst date five days later, a flowering date 11 days later and a ripening period eight days later. 
  • Some varieties of wine grapes in the Swan Hill region have a delayed harvest of up to two weeks compared to the Murray Darling. 
Soil
  • Like the Murray Darling region to the north-west, this flat area straddles the Murray River and has red-brown loamy sands (calcareous earths), which range in pH from neutral to alkaline. 
  • This is a relatively arid region with soil structures of limestone, marine sands and clays associated with the Miocene sea overlain by lacustrine (from a lake), fluviatile (from a river) and aeolian (wind borne) deposits, which have built up over cycles of stable and unstable periods of history. They are more than 90 metres deep.