"Australia is vast, with our climate richly diverse. And our wine regions are just as varied, with grapes grown in some cool and lofty places, as well as those low-lying and relentlessly hot. And with those hot places not looking like cooling down anytime soon, growers around the country are turning to varieties that don’t just tolerate the heat, but genuinely relish it. Sicily’s nero d’avola has been leading the pack for sun-loving varieties, rapidly inserting itself into the thinking of growers, winemakers and drinkers alike, with the number of plantings and bottled expressions expanding exponentially. When you think that the first Australian example was only made a little over a decade ago, it’s an extraordinary rise. And, well, that means a Deep Dive is in order. We gathered a group of Australia’s finest palates to taste as many local neros as we could to see what makes it tick".

Young Gun of Wine - @younggunofwine

Photo Credit - @morgophoto

27th Nov 2020

Ricca Terra wines awarded three trophies at the 2020 Alternative Variety Wine Show.

9th Nov 2020

At the recent Riverland Wine Show and the Australian Italian Variety Wine Show, Ricca Terra not only collected a swag full medals, we also were awarded four trophies. The trophies won at the Riverland Wine Show included; Best Rosé of Show, Best Red Wine of Show and Most Successful Exhibitor Dry Red. At the Australian Italian Varieties Wine Show, the 2019 Aglianico was awarded the Chief Judges Trophy for Most Exciting Wine. 

21st Oct 2020

Score: 90 ★★★★

9th Oct 2020

Judges Trophy - Most Exciting Wine of Show

Australian Italian Varieties Wine Show

2nd Oct 2020

Nearly sixteen months ago, I decided to become a vegetarian. For most of my life I loved meat!  My self-imposed treat on a Saturday morning was to drop in to our local butcher (Angaston) and have a slice or two of beef jerky with a cup of coffee for breakfast.  Bloody lovely!

17th Sep 2020

Wine Australia, "There’s a revolution underway in the Riverland wine region, and vigneron Ashley Ratcliff is leading the charge with his alternative varieties and groundbreaking wines".

17th Aug 2020

As a runner I have always enjoyed long distance running. As a kid I would run from my family’s farm house into our local township and back, which was a 12km round trip.

11th Aug 2020

Ricca Terra has established a reputation for growing Italian grape varieties however, there are only a certain number of Italian grape varieties you can fit in one farm! The challenge for Ricca Terra’s viticulturist and owner, Ashley Ratcliff, was identifying a region and grape varieties that could compliment varieties such as Fiano, Vermentino, Montepulciano and Nero d’Avola that were already the cornerstone of Ricca Terra.

20th May 2020

22° Halo is a visual moon ring and, according to folklore, warns of forthcoming climatic changes. Preparing for change can be unsettling but ignorance can be at one’s peril.

13th May 2020

Many of you may know, we decided over sixteen years ago to plant a number of new grape varieties that may adapt better to a changing climate. Today, we have over twenty five different grape varieties in our vineyards (some have been a success & some have failed).

15th Jan 2020