Rutherglen is home to more than twenty wineries, spanning from 150 year old household names, to newcomers to the region, just beginning to forge their own history.
Most are family owned, boutique operations and all share a belief that quality is more important than quantity. Such is the focus on producing great wine that James Halliday, Australia's most revered wine commentator, has awarded no less than eight Rutherglen wineries a five red star rating, placing them at the forefront of the Australian wine industry.
Touring the regions Cellar Doors is a breeze. Quality maps and guides are available from the Rutherglen Wine Experience & Visitor Information Centre, and the wineries are tightly concentrated around the townships of Rutherglen and Wahgunyah, with the furtherest afield being a 15 mintue drive away.
Rutherglen Muscat and its stablemate Topaque are undoubtedly the stars of the show in Rutherglen, and classed amongst the world's greatest wines.
Durif is king amongst red varieties, producing powerful, fruit driven reds capable of ageing for many years in the cellar. Other traditional favourites in shiraz and cabernet also do well, and look for other heritage varieties such as malbec and cinsault (Blue Imperial) which have been grown in the region for more than 150 years.
Whilst there are many traditional styles to be found in district, there is also a great spirit of innovation with winemakers keen to trial new varieties and methods of production. This has resulted in exciting whites, particularly from the Rhone varietals of marsanne, roussanne and viognier. Tempranillo, sangiovese and zinfandel add variety to the reds of the region, and some of the countries best sparkling red wines are also found in Rutherglen.
There is undoubtedly something for every wine lover in Rutherglen...come and see for yourself!
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