That’s how Napa Valley Winegrower Belia Ramos described her day in the Riverland on Monday. Belia was one of thirty-one international wine growers and winemakers who flew into Renmark for a whirlwind visit to the world’s only ‘outback’ wine region, as part of the Great Wine Capitals visit to South Australia.
More than 100 senior representatives from the world’s most celebrated wine regions travelled to Adelaide for the week-long event, the first to be convened in our State.
None of the group had visited the region previously. They were astonished at the beauty of our landscapes, our river-scapes and the sheer scale of the Riverland wine industry, especially the Berri Winery and the brand new packaging plant nearing completion on the same site. The travellers boarded the formidable Caudo Wines power boat at Kingston-on-Murray, for a river cruise, a sample of Caudo’s wines, locally produced nibbles countless photos of our ageless river, its birdlife, ancient gum forests and grasslands before arriving at Banrock Station for a superb luncheon spread of locally grown food and a glass or two of Riverland wines.
Phil Reedman and Eric Semmler then took centre stage and presented a Masterclass of some of the region’s best wines before the group took to the boardwalk for a closer look at the reclaimed wetlands and more of the wildlife including one very obliging kangaroo, relaxing in the sunshine on the boardwalk for a stream of photos to be flashed around the globe.
Adelaide is one of just 10 Great Wine Capitals with Bordeaux (France), Napa Valley (USA), Verona (Italy), Bilbao/Rioja (Spain) and Valparaiso/Casablanca Valley (Chile) also members of the network.
Special thanks to Jasmine and Steve from Caudo’s, Nicole and her team at Banrock, Phil and Eric, Jeff the driver, the Purple Giraffe girls and Anna Deller-Coombs from the Great Wine Capitals team for organising and delivering one of the year’s highlights for the wind beneath the wings of the Australian wine industry.