At Ricca Terra Farms, located in the Riverland, the team is always exploring and finding new grape varieties to plant. With all new grape varieties, their aim is that it will have three qualities; “climate adaptation characteristics, marketing opportunities or the ability to make exceptional wine.”
What do people think of Riverland? Have they even heard of this huge wine region in South Australia? Thanks to Ricca Terra Farms, more people should start to see it as becoming a home to alternative grape varieties!
Ricca Terra Farms has won numerous awards and have been highly regarded in the industry for their work with alternative grape varieties. Huon Hooke quoted in Gourmet Traveller Wine says, ‘Few people have done as much to promote alternative grape varieties, which suit the hotter, drier inland wine regions of Australia, as Ashley Ratcliff’ & Ricca Terra Farms.’
Ricca Terra Farms
Ashley and Holly Ratcliff set up Ricca Terra Farms in 2003. Over the years Ashley and Holly have sold their grapes to winemakers. They continue to do this as well as manage a number of vineyards where they grow grape varieties suited to a Mediterranean climate producing stunning and interesting wines that are unique. Ricca Terra also manages a number of joint venture investor vineyards.
Arinto is a grape variety found in Portugal where it can see scorching hot summers. One of the key characteristics of Arinto is its ability to keep its acidity even in hot climates. Large plantings are found in the small DOC region of Bucelas, just north of the capital Lisbon, where has to make up at least 75 per cent of blends (along with Sercial and Rabo de Ovelha). It makes wines that are lively, high acidity with notes of apple, lime and lemon.’ Ashley found this grape variety in 2012 to add to the Ricca Terra wine selection.
In addition to plantings of Arinto, other alternative grape varieties grown include Carménère, Fiano, Lagrein, Montepulciano,
Muscato Giallo, Nero d’Avola, Vermentino and a lot more!
Ricca Terra wines at Swanny Cellars
In store we stock:
- Ricca Terra ‘Bullets Before Cannonballs’ (Italian grape varieties Nero d’Avola, Lagrein, Negroamaro & Spanish grape variety Tempranillo)
- Ricca Terra Grenache Blanc (Rhône variety and found in north east Spain)
- Ricca Terra Arinto Cumulus
- Ricca Terra ‘The Marathon Man’ (a blend of French grape varieties; Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Petit Sirah)
Swanny Cellars is a big supporter of Ricca Terra. Drop in or call us about the range of wines that we stock!