On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, a group of Australia’s top sommeliers from Sydney, Newcastle and Melbourne travelled to the region as part of the Wine Australia Trade Immersion Program.
The Riverland was just one of three Australian wine regions selected. Riverland Wine members hosted the visit conducting a wine tasting featuring many of the region’s award winning alternate varieties at the Wilkadene Brewery on Wednesday afternoon. Later in the day the visitors enjoyed a river cruise and docked at the Renmark Club for dinner where more of the region’s mainstream and award winning wines were presented. On Thursday morning the group were treated to a home-style Greek breakfast hosted by Jim Markeas and his family at Mallee Estate Wines before visiting Angove Family Winemakers, Kingston Estate Wines and Banrock Station where the tour concluded with a light lunch and more wine tasting.
Key messages coming from these visitors were surprise at the sheer beauty and diversity of the Riverland region, its people and its wines. Interestingly they rated Fiano, Petit Manseng and Pinot Grigio as the stand out wines albeit that most of the wines featured over the two days had impressed. Riverland Wine will maintain contact with these “influencers” and encourage them to “think Riverland” when constructing wine lists for some of the leading cellars and restaurants in the country.
Riverland Wine is grateful to Wine Australia, the South Australian Wine Industry Association, its own band of hard working helpers and this group of sommeliers for working together to create this opportunity.