Riverdeck Cafe’s Growing Alpine Valley Wine List
There are so many reasons to visit Bright and the Alpine Valley. One of best is the fabulous wine now being produced in this area. The Riverdeck Cafe is very excited for our guests to experience some of the many delights of this growing industry.
What makes the Alpine Valley Wines so special?
The four river basins created by created by the Ovens, Buffalo, Buckland and Kiewa rivers allow relatively warm valley floors. Yet the region has the distinction of being one of Australia’s most elevated wine-producing districts with vineyards of highly fertile soils at altitudes up to 600m. The north and northwestward movement of cool to cold air from the Victorian Alps through Valleys is a distinctive climatic feature of the Alpine Valleys wine region.
The unique sub-alpine conditions encourage a long, moderate growing period contributing to the distinctive qualities of the grapes and wines produced here.
The Alpine Valley has some innovative producers who are at the cutting edge of the varietal revolution taking place in the Australian wine industry. Elegant wines produced from high-quality grapes of intense fruit flavour and refreshing, natural acidity.
With careful site selection within the many microclimates, the Alpine Valley grape growers have successfully cultivated 33 different grape varieties. Ranging from traditional chardonnay and shiraz through to emerging varietals, such as Sangiovese, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Vermentino, Savagnin, Teroldego and Marzemino. These food friendly varieties are well suited to our Australian lifestyle and complement well the abundant local produce of our region.
The Riverdeck Wine List
Putting together and now expanding the Riverdeck’s Wine List has been a tough task! With so many fantastic wines to choose from, how do we?
In August 2015 we created a regional list from many of the more well known winemakers. This selection has served us well and won’t be disappearing from our menu.
However, when looking to expand we wanted to showcase the amazing job our local winemakers were doing. From Summer 2016 we have added a few more favourites and some less well known varieties from local producers including Ringer Reef, Billy Button, Gapsted and Feathertop wineries.
In addition to these wines joining our regular list we will be highlighting some of the more unique varietals through our “Wine of the Moment” promotions.
You can check up our full wine and drinks menu by clicking here or better still come down and unwind with a glass of something special and some great food on our deck overlooking the river and park.