Spend time in historic Rutherglen, and immerse yourself in 150 years of winemaking history.
The cool nights, warm days and long, dry autumns are ideal conditions for pioneering varietals that are uniquely Australian in spirit.
Explore 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.
Meet the sixth and seventh generation winemakers who draw on family traditions and modern techniques, to keep Rutherglen wines on a winning streak.
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.
Climate is key to the best muscat grapes. Ripe fruit happily hangs out for longer on the vines in this mild, sunny region. The result is the remarkably high baumes (a measurement of natural fruit sugars) that make the richest Rutherglen muscats.
Join the Pedal to Produce Cycle Trail. Sample the very best wines, fruit and produce at local wineries, orchards and cafes. Hit the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail to discover the grandeur of the mighty Murray River and stop off at cellar doors to enjoy local wines and country hospitality along the way.