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Congrats to Barmera’s Ricca Terra Caravel Vineyard, which has been named “Innovative Vineyard of the Year.”
The Riverland winery has received the accolade at the inaugural Vineyard of the Year Awards, held by Young Gun of Wine.
The award, dubbed “The Groundbreaker,” recognises innovation and sustainability in the wine industry.
According to Young Gun of Wine, Ricca Terra has almost single-handedly redefined the possibilities and expectations of the Riverland as a wine region, defying the quantity over quality reputation and employing new and unique practices.
Established by viticulturist Ashley Ratcliffe, Ricca Terra Caravel Vineyard is standing out from all Australian vineyards by employing viticulture practices that are employed in premium wine-growing regions and planting climate-apt grape varieties.
Ratcliff’s approach offers a new blueprint for not just the Riverland to follow, but for so many other regions that are feeling the effects of climate change.
Max Allen, a member of the judges panel, sees the awards as, “A great opportunity to shift the focus of our national wine conversation from how wines are made to how they’re grown.”
This is another award that Ricca Terra can add to its growing list of accolades. They have also recently been awarded in the Australian Alternative Variety Wine Show, the Riverland Wine Show, as well as the Australia’s Best Nero d’Avola.
Ricca Terra vineyards are located in Barmera, Riverland.