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Murray Darling, Victoria
Straddling the Murray River in north-west Victoria and western New South Wales, though principally on the Victorian side of the border, the Murray Darling is a vast region. Plantings are primarily concentrated around Mildura, Red Cliffs, Robinvale, Euston and Merbein.
According to ‘Wine Australia’, The Murray Darling is the second largest wine region in Australia, with about 1,300 growers and 23,000 hectares of vineyards producing more than 400,000 tonnes annually (up to 25% of the national crush, depending on seasonal variations).
Although the distance between the eastern and western extremity is in excess of 350 kilometres (217 miles), the climate throughout is virtually identical. It is hot, with long sunshine hours, low humidity and negligible growing season rainfall, making irrigation essential.
Predominantly focused on bulk wine production, the Murray Darling has played an important role in bringing Australian wine to the world. Globals brands belonging to the likes of Casella, Fosters, Hardys and McGuigan Simeon have heavily relied on grapes grown in the region.