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Eat your way across the Riverina

Borambola Wines, BorambolaCREDIT: Destination NSW

Borambola Wines cellar door and wine tastings in Borambola.

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Eat your way
across the Riverina

Borambola Wines, Borambola CREDIT: Destination NSW

Borambola Wines cellar door and wine tastings in Borambola.

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From touring wineries to indulging in freshly picked produce, here’s how to make the most of a road trip to the Riverina region of southwest New South Wales. 

Follow the wine trail 

The Riverina is the biggest wine producing region of New South Wales, with many vineyards and cellar doors located near the town of Griffith — and there are more wineries to explore around the towns of Wagga WaggaLeeton and Gundagai. Head into Gundagai and on the main street you’ll find the charming Flash Jacks, a boutique hotel housed in a former convent. Take a leisurely scenic drive from Griffith and discover the cellar doors of leading Riverina brands such as McWilliamsDe BortoliCalabria Family WinesLillypilly Estate and Nugan Estate. After a few leisurely hours of wine tasting, head to Borambola Wines, near Wagga Wagga, to relax in the grounds of the winery’s elegant 1880s homestead.  

Visit cellar doors with a difference 

Beer more your thing? Head to Barellan, a 40-minute drive east of Griffith, to sample crisp beer made from local barley at Barellan Beer. Or make the 40-minute drive south to Whitton Malt House, outside of the town of Whitton. This cellar door with a difference showcases what distilleries, breweries and bakers in the state produce with the artisanal malts hand-crafted at the on-site malt house. You’ll be able to sample whiskey, vodka and gin made by the likes of Sydney’s Otter Craft Distilling (OCD) and Archie Rose distillery. Make the most of the cellar door and stay at one of Whitton Malt House’s one- and two-bedroom villas overlooking Lake Hulong.

Calabria Family Wines, Griffith CREDIT: Destination NSW

Exterior view of the Calabria Family Wines winery in Griffith.

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Calabria Family Wines, Griffith CREDIT: Destination NSW

Exterior view of the Calabria Family Wines winery in Griffith.

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Wagga Wagga Township CREDIT: Destination NSW

Aerials overlooking the city of Wagga Wagga and the Murrumbidgee River.

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Wagga Wagga Township CREDIT: Destination NSW

Aerials overlooking the city of Wagga Wagga and the Murrumbidgee River.

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Forage at a farmer’s market  

Start your foodie adventure at the Riverina Producers Market, held each Thursday afternoon at the Wagga Wagga Showground. Here orange juice is squeezed from locally grown navel and Valencia oranges and local farmers set up stalls to offer freshly picked produce. You’ll find super-fresh peaches, citrus, plums, figs and almonds here, as well as excellent cuts of lamb and beef that are perfect for a barbecue. You can also find a great selection of local gourmet fare at Knights Meats & Deli in Wagga Wagga, with most produce sourced from within a 160km radius of the store. 

Or head straight for the farm 

No visit to the Riverina is complete without meeting some of the producers who are the heart and soul of this region. Tours at Catania Fruit Salad Farm, near Griffith, start at the property’s old farmhouse before moving through the vineyard and orderly groves of trees. Your experience concludes with a tasting plate of fruits, nuts, preserves and wines. (You can also stay the night in a three-bedroom cottage on the property.) Or you can indulge your love of olives at Wollundry Grove Olives near Wagga Wagga – it’s famous for its fine oils and table olives. 

Explore Griffith’s Italian heritage 

Some 60 per cent of Griffith’s residents can claim Italian heritage – you’ll spot the European nation’s unmistakeable influence in the wines, cheeses and olives produced in the region. Indulge in delicious modern Australian fare with an Italian twist at Limone Dining, which showcases local seasonal produce in an ever-evolving menu of fine food. Chef and owner Luke Piccolo grew up cooking with an abundant supply of fresh produce from nearby Piccolo Family Farm, a working property that provides most of the restaurant’s herbs, garnishes, fruits and vegetables. Or try freshly made pasta and regional Italian fare at Zecca Handmade Italian, a casual eatery housed in a 1930s Art Deco building. For an Italian treat, head to Bertoldo’s Pasticceria, a family bakery that’s been a Griffith institution since 1952. Or visit Codemo Smallgoods on Mitchell Lane for locally made delicacies, such southern and northern Italian-style salamis. 

Catania Fruit Salad Farm, Hanwood CREDIT: Destination NSW

Guests aboard the Catania Fruit Salad Farm tour bus in Hanwood, near Griffith.

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Catania Fruit Salad Farm, Hanwood CREDIT: Destination NSW

Guests aboard the Catania Fruit Salad Farm tour bus in Hanwood, near Griffith.

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Zecca, Griffith CREDIT: Destination NSW

Man enjoying food and drink at Zecca Restaurant, Griffith.

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Zecca, Griffith CREDIT: Destination NSW

Man enjoying food and drink at Zecca Restaurant, Griffith.

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