The Riverland is the hottest wine region in Australia, and the second hottest in the world. For a long time, it was home to bargain basement grapes made for quantity rather than quality - Shiraz and Chardonnay which were heavily irrigated to increase yield and offset heat stress. But this is changing. Many producers are looking to other grape varieties which will tolerate the drought and heat, constants factor in the region.
After a visit to the Riverland and meeting with the region's best visionary and ambassador, Ashley Ratcliff of Ricca Terra Farms, wine industry legend Tim Stock decided to join the Good Fight. He has now partnered up with Ashley to make wine from the region, utilising appropriate grape selection and low to no irrigation and making wines which are not only fun, interesting and accessible, but a true reflection of the extreme terroir of the Riverland. The Amo Vino range focuses on ease of drinking to prove that Australian wine is no one-tick pony (looking at you, Shiraz) and that the Riverland could just be the most exciting and overlooked region we have. Viva la revolution!