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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, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Part of this region spills into Victoria.
Pericoota is a bit cooler than the other regions, with a longer growing season conducive to more focused wines.
Swan Hill is on two sides of the Murray River and shares land with Victoria. It is often lumped together with Murray Darling, with labels referencing “Murray Darling Swan Hill” wines, though it is its own region outright.– Description from Amanda Schuster
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