The Murray Valley Region is located in the far western corner of Victoria near border with New South Wales and South Australia. It is centred around the river towns of Robinvale, Euston, Balranald, Mildura, Nichols Point, Red Cliffs and Irymple, near the junction of the Darling and Murray Rivers. The largest number of vineyards and wineries is around Mildura and Red Cliffs and further east around Euston (NSW) and Robinvale (Victoria). The region was developed as an agricultural irrigation area through the pioneering work of George and William Chaffey in the 1870s. Today, due to the irrigation the region is a major contributor of grapes for the bulk wine industry in Australian wine including fortified wines. The food and wine from this region are wonderfully diverse and there are some outstanding
restaurants and cellar doors. The region supplies 15 per cent of its citrus fruit, 80 per cent of Australia's dried fruit and about 80 per cent of Victoria's winemaking grapes. The Murray Region has a Mediterranean climate that features long dry summers and mild winters. Most of the rainfall occurs between. May and October, with average annual rainfall of about 250 mm. A wide range of grape varieties are grown, but there is particular focus on Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay and several fortified varieties such as Blanco, Muscat Gordo, Semillon and Colombard. The general Harvest time is late January to mid March; Mean January temperature is about 224 degrees C; Average Sunshine hours per day is 9.7.hours.
The Murray Wine Region includes four districts : Robinvale ; Mildura ; Nangiloc ; Red Cliffs
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