Liquid gold

Winemaking has been a family tradition in Rutherglen since the 1850s and today fourth, fifth and sixth generation winemakers produce outstanding, award-winning wines. Vines came to Rutherglen along with the Gold Rush of the 1850s and today crisp whites, rich reds and world-famous fortified wines are produced with a unique regional character.Rutherglen is the unchallenged capital of fortified wines in Australia, with many of its great wines recognised throughout the world.

Grand brick buildings and wineries such as All Saints Estate and Fairfield House speak of the prosperity of the late Victorian era and the glory days of the 19th century. The crop of new, young winemakers respect the wonderful heritage of the region, and have added a new level of innovation, quality and excitement. 

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Rutherglen
Rutherglen
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Rutherglen is a historic region in North Eastern Victoria with a history of winemaking tracing back to the 1850s. By the 1880s over 3000 acres of vines are planted within the region and producing one third of Australia’s entire production. International shows success soon followed with awards in London, Paris and Bordeaux firmly placing Rutherglen on the world wine stage and a powerhouse of Australian production. The climate is strongly Continental, with very hot summer days and cold nights. When conditions are favourable, the exceptionally high sugar levels needed for fortified wines (and which power the full bodied red table wines) are attained. These great fortified wines are grown on a band of loam on the lower slopes of the gentle local hills, snaking its way around the centre of the town.

 

The legendary winemaking families of the region have been joined in recent years by a crop of young sixth and seventh generation winemakers added a new level of innovation, quality and excitement that are turning heads; new varieties and styles have been introduced into the region with considerable success. Marsanne, Roussane, Viognier, Tempranillo are all now widely planted along with Portuguese varieties Tinto Cao and Touriga Nacional. However, it is Durif, Cabernet and Shiraz that continue to form the back bone of Rutherglen table wine production and some of its most exciting wines.

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411ha
Total vineyard area
170m
Altitude
36° 03'S
Latitude
310mm
Growing season rainfall
22.3°c
Mean temperature (Jan)
1770
Heat degree days
White
25%
Red
75%
Type

Durif

Ripe, spicy wines with great balance and age-worthiness.

Fortified Wines

Absolutely classic, unrivalled sweet and fortified wines made from Muscat and Muscadelle. 

Shiraz

Full flavoured, rich wines with ripe fruit and supple tannins.

Top varieties grown in Rutherglen
Climate
  • Classic Continental climate
  • Warm summer days and cool nights due to air flow from the foot hills of the Victorian Alps
  • Autumns are typically long and dry. Rain at harvest sometimes a threat. Spring frosts are an issue
Soil
  • Ranges from red loam over clay through to sandier soils depending on proximity to the Murray River

Stories of Australian Wine

Regional associations

Winemakers of Rutherglen