Riverina

The Riverina is hardly on the wine tourism trail but it is for the nation’s gathering flock of grey nomads. Parking space for their huge motorhomes is a feature with large flat packs of wine that stow under a bunk-bed a popular purchase. However, the Riverina is shaking off its ‘cheap and cheerful’ image by focusing on grape varieties well suited to its warm climate.

De Bortoli

Star Cellar Door

(02) 6966 0111
debortoli.com.au

The De Bortoli family is amazing at producing terrific and innovative wines at astonishingly modest prices. Their Yarra Valley outpost may garner much attention but it’s the Riverina home-base that remains the driving force.

The Bilbul cellar door isn’t a ‘fancy pants’ operation, just a hive of vinous activity with excellent service from knowledgeable staff. The friendly feel extends to the offer of a BYO picnic in the gardens with children more than welcome. At the tasting bar you’ll be offered the value-for-money Deen Vat range, the quirky Down The Lane drops, and icons like the Noble One and Black Noble. Look out for the Florence Broadhurst Botrytis Semillon – just another example of the innate flair of the De Bortoli family.  PETER BOURNE

OUTSTANDING WINE: 2016 De Bortoli Noble One, A$36/375ml

Berton Vineyards
BEST LARGE CELLAR DOOR

(02) 6968 1600
bertonvineyards.com.au

Mino & Co
BEST SMALL CELLAR DOOR

(02) 6963 0200
minoandco.com.au

Calabria Family Wines
BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE

(02) 6969 0800
calabriawines.com.au

Quest Apartments Griffith
our favourite place to stay

(02) 6969 2000
questapartments.com.au