Rutherglen is a historic region in North Eastern Victoria with a history of winemaking tracing back to the 1850s. Whilst the exact year of winemaking in Rutherglen is unclear it is generally thought to be the mid to late 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.
Winemaking has been a family tradition in Rutherglen since its inception and today fourth, fifth and sixth generation winemakers produce outstanding, award-winning wines.
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 Fairfield, Mount Prior, All Saints and Gehrig Estate speak of the prosperity of the late Victorian era and the glory days of the 19th century.
The crop of new, 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.