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Perricoota Wine Region - Wine, Wineries, Districts, Vineyards, Winery Tour Maps, Cellar Doors - Murray River, Echuca, Moama

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climate The Perricoota Wine Region is a small wine region located on the banks of the Murray River, centred on the twin towns of Moama in New South Wales and Echuca in Victoria. It is part of the Big Rivers Zone in New South Wales, that also includes the Riverina region and it borders the lower Goulburn Valley Region in northern Victoria. Irrigation is used extensively throughout the region as the natural rainfall is generally low and unreliable. The key problem for grape growers are Spring frosts which can be very damaging to vines, when it occurs after budburst. The vineyards in this region are comparatively recent with the major plantings occurring in the 1990s. Some of the grape growers sell their grapes to larger wine producers elsewhere. A major asset for the local wine industry are the tourist attractions of Moama and Echuca as major tourist attractions. These twin river towns are renowned for its unique attractions, including the historic paddle steamers, the remnants of the inland port and array of heritage buildings. The area has excellent facilities for a wide range of activities including fishing, boating, houseboats, canoeing, kayaking, bushwalking and camping. Some wineries have well established restaurants, arts and crafts, conference and function centres along with their cellar doors. Their major grape varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Shiraz as well as fortified wine varieties that include Malbec, Grenache, Frontignac and Mourvedre (Mataro). The Perricoota Region, which takes its name from a local historic grazing property that was established in 1840, was granted Geographical Indication status in 1999. The vineyards are established on the sandhills and plains beside the Murray River that feature fertile duplex floodplain soil types on landscapes dotted with the iconic River Redgums. Most of the soils have moderate acidity that become more alkaline at depth, and are generally red clay loams with good texture and moderate moisture retention. There is a range of wineries with cellar doors on both side of the river and two districts in this region: The Echuca District in Victoria, and the Moama District across the river in New South Wales.

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