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Grape growing area (GI) about 500 kilometres west of Sydney in the Murrumbidgee Valley of the Australian state of New South Wales. It is part of the Big Rivers zone and is also called the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA) or Griffith-Riverina after the main town. Around two-thirds of the state's volume is produced here. Due to the extremely hot and dry summers, artificial irrigation is unavoidable, which is carried out with the waters of the Murray River, among others. The vineyards cover about 5,200 hectares. About 75% of the white wines are produced from mainly Chardonnay, Sémillon, Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Trebbiano Toscano, which are bottled in the so-called bag-in-boxes. The most important red wine varieties are Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Table grapes are also produced. A speciality are sherry-like dessert wines and noble sweet wines. Well-known wine producers are De Bortoli, Lindeman's, McWilliams, Miranda, Orlando, Riverina Wines, Wilton Estate and Yellow Tail (Casella).

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