Rutherglen is located north of Wangaratta and west of Wodonga, just 10 kilometres from the Murray River at the N.S.W. Victoria, state border towns of Wahgunyah and Corowa.
Originally a gold-mining town of the mid-19th century, Rutherglen Post Office opening on 1 November 1860, it has since developed into a major wine producing area, with 19 wineries all located within a short drive from the town centre,the best of which are highly regarded by wine critics.
Rutherglen is the unchallenged capital of fortified wines in Australia, with muscats and tokays internationally recognised.
Many of the great winemaking houses of Rutherglen which sprang up in the gold rush days of the mid nineteenth century 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, the great phylloxera plague, and a couple of world wars for over 150 years. The legacy of winemaking skills and ancient stocks is being carefully passed on to a younger generation to carve out their own niche in a world characterized by big business and short term greed.
World Famous Muscat: Wrought from the brown clone (or type) of Muscat à Petits Grains Rouge, more commonly known as Rutherglen Brown Muscat or Brown Frontignac, this is Rutherglen’s most famous fortified wine variety and conventionally regarded as its greatest. Virtually unique in the world (Cyprus, South Africa and Spain are, or have been, competitors), this distilled essence of liquid raisins achieves undreamed-of layers of complexity as it ages (and greatly oxidises) in cask. Once imprisoned in a bottle, such changes cease; its only future to be drunk. Explosively rich and sweet though the Muscats are, the finish is cleansing and brisk, if not dry in the technical sense. The finish does not cloy nor seem as sweet as the plum pudding flavours of the mid palate would suggest. A great winter aperitif and an after dinner wine at any time of year.
All Saints Estate
Bullers Winery Rutherglen
Chambers Rosewood Winery
Jones Winery Vineyard
Lake Moodemere Vineyards
Mount Prior Vineyard
St Leonards Vineyard
Stanton & Killeen Wines