Wine Grapes Marketing Board
The Wine Grapes Marketing Board, which represents grape growers in the region, has been operating since 1933. It proudly supports and lobbies for the interests of grape growers.
Here are some interesting facts about this progressive local industry:
The first vine was planted in the region over 100 years ago and the region now grows over 60 different varieties - including many Italian varietals such as Montepulciano, Nero D'Avola, and Pinot Grigio.
The Riverina is the largest wine region in Australia.
The region exports more than 12.5 million cases of wine to more than 50 countries around the world every year - that's 34,000 dozen per day!
There are 22,000ha of grapes planted in rows - enough to stretch around Australia’s coastline 3 times.
Home of the largest family owned winery in Australia.
The Riverina is home to 7 of the country's top 15 wine exporters.
Griffith is world renowned for its Noble Rot, Botrytis Semillon.
All Riverina wineries are family owned.
100 x 1.1 Million litre tanks can be found at Casella Family Brands.
Home of the fastest wine bottling line in the world capable of 36,000 bottles an hour.
So many wine bottles are packaged each year, that if laid out, they would circle the earth.
There are more than 340 individual grape growing businesses in the Riverina.
Harvest starts in January and continues through to early April.
Grapes are machine harvested at night, the coolest time of day, to ensure grapes arrive at the winery in optimum condition.
There is an almost daily wine train, destined for export, loaded with packaged wine.