Riverdeck Cafe Celebrates Alpine Valley Wines

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?alpine-valley-wines

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 Varietals

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.

Riverdeck Late Menu

Hungry Menu

Wine & Drinks List Summer 2016


Putting the FUN in Fundraising

Putting the FUN in Fundraising

Riverdeck Cafe is perfect for enjoying this great event.

The Labour Day long weekend (March 12-14th) brings the most amazing event to beautiful Bright.

Founded in 2013 the Brighter Days Festival is a weekend on Music, Motorbikes, Cars and fun all designed to raise funds for two children’s charities:

Riverdeck cafe a great destination
Riverdeck cafe overlooking the sound shell

1. The Cooper Trewin Memorial SUDC Research Fund

At the age of 16 months Cooper Trewin tragically passed away during his sleep for no apparent reason. In his memory a research fund was established to find the cause of this disease. Combined efforts have resulted in an International SUDC research project between the Boston Children’s Hospital and the Florey Institute in Melbourne. Find out more at www.sudc.com.au

2. Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB)

EB is a rare skin disease where the sufferers are missing the ‘glue’ that holds the skin to the rest of the body, making the skin as fragile as a butterfly wing. The only treatment is daily wound care, bandaging and managing the daily blistering and bathing of the wounds.

More information can be found at www.debra.org.au

What’s Happening

Activities for the Brighter Days Festival start Friday 11th March with the Cottonball Run from Whittlesea to Bright.

The fun starts Saturday morning in Bright with the Make It /Bake it/Grow it Market just below the Riverdeck Café in Howitt Park.

Check out the Custom bikes at Harley Central in Howitt Park throughout the weekend.

Entertainment kicks off in the Sound shell around 10am and continues all-day and late into the evening when headliners Ross Wilson &Daryl Braithwaite perform.

The Riverdeck Cafe in Bright is open for breakky and lunch with the kitchen serving a special Brighter Days dinner menu from 5 – 8pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Our deck, right above Howitt Park, is the perfect place for a meal, coffee or a cold drink. Enjoy all the entertainment all weekend. We are fully licensed with a great range of regional wines by the glass too.

Sunday- Why not start the day with a fabulous breakfast at the Riverdeck café in preparation for the day’s activities. The entertainment starts at the sound shell with some great country music from12pm. Rock your afternoon and evening away with the Screamin’ Eagles and get your Mamma Mia on with Bjorn Again.

The Riverdeck café will be a great place to eat, drink and enjoy all the entertainment throughout the festival.

For the full low-down on the Brighter Days festival visit the website


Reserve your table at the Riverdeck for Saturday and Sunday night by ringing 57552199 or email us info@theriverdeck.com.au

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