Spend a few days in and around historic Rutherglen, which boasts 150 years of winemaking history. The cool nights, warm days and long, dry autumns make for ideal viticultural conditions for pioneering varietals that are uniquely Australian in spirit. Choose from more than twenty wineries in the area, from household names to boutique operators, and get acquainted with the signature wines on offer, from muscats and topaques to the rich reds – shiraz, durif and cabernet. Take the unique opportunity to meet the sixth and seventh generation winemakers who draw on family traditions while harnessing modern techniques to keep Rutherglen on the map.
A taste of the country
Along with the signature wines, lesser-known varieties are grown here. Dry white Rhone varietals of marsanne, roussanne and viognier are achieving good results, while the tempranillo, sangiovese and zinfandel varietals round out the red wines.
Uncover the depth of flavour in a 100-year-old muscat or enjoy a Rhone wine tasting experience at the striking All Saints’ castle. With so much on offer, take time to meander between vineyards comparing styles and vintages, and enjoying matching the wines with the exemplary cuisine of the local vineyard restaurants and in Rutherglen village.
Join the Pedal to Produce Cycle Trail to sample the very best wines, fruit and produce at local wineries, orchards and cafes. Alternatively, hit the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail and discover the grandeur of the mighty Murray River while stopping at cellar doors to enjoy local varietals and country hospitality along the way.
Good to know
- Muscat of Rutherglen is a world-recognised, critically acclaimed and unique wine style that features rich, complex flavours
- Enjoy walking and cycling trails set against farmland landscapes
- An easy stop on the Sydney-Melbourne Touring Route.
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