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Big Rivers is a catch-all name for the large geographic zone that spans several wine regions within New South Wales and parts of Victoria, Australia. It’s named for the Murray, Darling, Lachlan and Murrumbidgee rivers. This is bulk wine central of Australia’s wine industry, and produces nearly three quarters of all of the wine in New South Wales. 
It is divided into four subregions:
Riverina is the largest of them and produces most of the wine of Big Rivers, with perfect conditions for ample yields. The Lachlan and Murrumbidgee rivers run through it, providing much-needed irrigation to this hot, dry climate. The subregion Griffith, home of the famous sweet wine, Noble One, is located within it. 
Murray Darling is the second largest of the subregions and is just behind it in bulk wine production. As one would be right to assume, the Murray and Darling rivers provide the region’s irrigation for its wines, that are produced from Chardonnay Read more »

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  • Petite Sirah

    History of the grape: Petite Syrah is often confused with its parent grape, Syrah, but it has been identified as a se...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Cudgee Creek Shiraz 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by ewamichal

  • Westend Estate Wines Sauvignon Blanc Riverina Richland NV


    Good wine at a great price. Worth a trip to Griffith. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • De Bortoli Sémillon Noble One Botrytis 2009


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    Wine review by alanb1108

  • De Bortoli Willowglen Brut Riverina NV


    I bought a case of six bottles of this wine from the website for £15. De Bortoli is an Australian Company [ ] that was founded in 1928 by Italian immigrant Vittorio de Bortoli and is still run by his descendants.Like many Champagnes it is a blend of chardonnay and pinot noir.I served a... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Carinya Ridge Sémillon Riverina Botrytis 2008


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    Wine review by ffchick

  • In my daily travels I pass through the Napa Valley every Monday. A few weeks ago I asked Mike Smith a question about yeast for Sauv Blanc and he invited me to stop by and check out some of his new vintage before it went into bottle shock. Today was the day so I stopped by his cellar at Envy Wines in Calistoga. One of the more personable, down to... Read More

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  • De Bortoli Willowglen Old Tawny Port NV


    If you want rich dark fruit that's heavy with a pocket of sweetness, and you want to get drunk quick...well... then this is the port for you... nothing else to offer really... Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872

  • Bella Zinfandel Big River Ranch 2009


    Oaky and dark on the nose with notes of fudge, dried fruits and mocha all topped with a eucalyptus edge. Rich and mouth-filling, this is a touch soft in the mouth and has many of the same slightly dried fruit- and amber-toned flavors that were apparent with the nose. The fruit on the back end is lean with some sour cherry notes, but is overshado... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Willy Willy Shiraz Riverina 2005


    Is Willy willy Shiraz available in Singapore? Read More

    Wine review by mlcummin

  • De Bortoli Db Chardonnay 2010


    A favorite chardonnay! Great value for the quality! Read More

    Wine review by DBWUSA

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