Many Riverlanders were playing sport, some were relaxing on and in the lazy river, plenty were gathered around screens to watch Winx last race and those having the best time of all were being hosted at 919 Wines, celebrating the achievements and superb wines produced by four of our newest, most imaginative winemakers.
Such are the opportunities that abound on pretty well any lazy Saturday arvo for locals and visitors in this corner of Paradise.
Congratulations and a big thank you to Jenny and Eric Semmler who created the opportunity for this gathering of ‘newbies’ at their 919 Wines Cellar Door at Monash. The murmurings among those who took the opportunity to kick back and sample some of the best wine money can buy, included the usual expressions of surprise that these wines are made right here in Australia’s largest wine producing region. The best efforts of the large Australian wine producers to deny the Riverland’s true capabilities are slowly being dismantled by the Semmlers, Basshams, Barich’s, Ricca Terra and now Top Drop, Mundoo Ridge, Spook Hill and Junnare Wines; and that’s just a few of the emerging boutique producers who are proud to proclaim Riverland on their front labels.
Keep your eyes on this column in coming weeks for more details of these adventurers. The success of Saturday’s ‘pop-up’ cellar door has prompted the thought that this concept could be mobilised with pop-ups being hosted in riverside scenic locations across the region from Blanchetown to the border. Let’s see which towns are first to put their hands up for a pop-up near you soon!
Oh, and for those who missed Winx in action Randwick: