Rutherglen is one of the world’s great wine regions, with a deep sense of history.
Originally a gold-mining town in the mid-19th century, Rutherglen has since developed into a major wine producing area, with over 20 wineries all located within a short drive from the town centre.
Many of the great winemaking houses of Rutherglen which sprang up in the gold rush days are still owned and run by the fourth, fifth and sixth generations of the original family owners. These families have made and sold wine from their cellar doors through drought, depression and the great phylloxera plague, for over 150 years.
The most famous of the premium wines of the region are the world renowned and internationally extolled Muscats and Topaques, however Durif and Southern Rhone styles including Marsanne are all highly regarded. The region produces many award winning wines and the 2012 James Halliday Wine Companion granted no less than eight Rutherglen wineries a prestigious 5 star rating.
The main street of Rutherglen maintains its historical charm, with most of the shop fronts retaining the same look they had a century ago.
Regional produce, acclaimed restaurants, family owned cellar doors, a vast array of adventure and nature-based activities, festivals, quality golf courses and both the mighty Murray River and the states High Country on the doorstep, beckon visitors to explore the region.