Rutherglen - Victoria
Rutherglen is located in the easterly corner of the Murray River valley plains, 275 kilometres north – east of Melbourne and just 10 kilometres from the Murray River which forms the state border.
Although Rutherglen is a former goldmining town it is best known as the centre of Victoria's long established and most important wine – producing district.
The gold rush, Ned Kelly and the famous Murray River provide a unique character and history that match the brilliant tastes of its famous reds.
It's Shiraz has become the regions most popular wine and is produced in quite large quantities. This and other reds, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, have deep colour, full flavour and high levels of alcohol from the natural combination of the soil and climate.
Other local specialities are fortified wine such as Muscat and Tokay.
The region's high quality wines are a result of the ideal conditions of hot summer days and cold nights.
With 20 cellar doors in close proximity, it's easy to spend a few days in and around Rutherglen. There is a huge variety of wines produced here, so take time to meander between vineyards comparing styles and vintages and be sure to eat at one of the vineyard restaurants overlooking the vines.