The Murray Darling Region
The Murray-Darling region straddles the states of New South Wales & Victoria and derives its name from the two rivers, The Murray and The Darling, which run through the region.
The climate is warm to hot with long sunshine hours resulting in rich, ripe berry flavours in reds and tropical fruit characters in white wines. The soils are unique to the Murray River system and are technically known as calcareous.
About the Head Winemaker, Liz Richardson:
Having completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Viticulture & Oenology) at Curtin University, Liz’s first vintage was at West Cape Howe followed by vintages all over Australia including in the Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and Tasmania. She accepted a permanent role as Assistant Winemaker at Forest Hill in 2004, followed by a year at Capel Vale as their White Winemaker. Liz said, “It was here in the west that my wines started picking up gold medals. The highlight was a Riesling being chosen for The Prime Ministers Dozen.”
A move to Italy in late 2007 enabled Liz to complete a Masters in Food Culture and Communication at The University of Gastronomic Sciences in Parma. She also undertook a vintage with Giuseppe (Beppe) Ca’Viola; one of Italy’s most respected winemakers.
Liz is also head winemaker for other international varietals, and has graduated the International Course on Piemontese Wines for Industry Professionals.