Winemaker Mandy Jones is proud to call Rutherglen home. She's the fifth generation in a winemaking family that settled in this wine region before the 19th-century gold rush.
Her winemaking heritage, know-how, and passion for the land and community has delivered up a trio of successful ventures: Jones Winery & Vineyard, Jones Restaurant, and the fully sustainable Jones Tiny House on the vineyard's edge.
Mandy shares with us some of her favourite recommendations in Rutherglen.
1. Rutherglen Wine Bottle
Pint-sized Rutherglen's giant water tower, playfully styled in the shape of a wine bottle, is one of Mandy's local highlights. 'It's quirky and I cannot imagine Rutherglen without it.'
Come and peer up for yourself, picnic at its base, and take in the view of the bucolic surrounds.
2. Rutherglen wine producers
It's hard to narrow down a favourite in a region that produces some of the country's best wines from its historic, family-run vineyards.
Rutherglen's fortified wines in particular are world renowned. Mandy recommends popping in for a tasting at Morris of Rutherglen, Stanton & Killeen, All Saints and Campbells Wines.
3. Thousand Pound
Follow Mandy's advice on a Friday night and you'll wind up with a seat at her favourite wine bar, Thousand Pound. Pair your wine selection with nibbles or a hearty steak.
Plenty of local Rutherglen wines stand out on the menu, as well as some notable drops from France, where Mandy worked as a winemaker for 14 years.
4. Local history
In the late 1800s, Rutherglen was the biggest volume wine producer in the Southern Hemisphere.
Mandy's family lived here through the gold rush and the early days of Australian winemaking. She's a keen member of the Rutherglen Historic Society.
You too can trace Rutherglen history in the town's gold-rush streetscapes and at its historic cellar doors.