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Unearth Rutherglen

Rutherglen has embraced the bold and the brave for over a century. Farmers and forward thinkers unite over the love of this land — just as you will. From your doorstep, discover mysterious and sacred pockets of Australia. Take a swim in the Murray or relax in a spa, ride from vineyard to vineyard or walk the banks of ancient Lake Moodemere.

The magic of Rutherglen is right in front of you, ready to be unearthed and uncovered. The mix of terroir and country air rewards the intrepid traveller and those looking for a connection to the land.

Famously generous and welcoming, when in Rutherglen, you are in our home. From a multi-generation Muscat of Rutherglen to an iconic Durif, Rutherglen is about the discovery. The only question is, what will you unearth?

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What You Can Do

Wine

Beginning over 160 years ago, the first farmers and winemakers began planting and experimenting with the land around Rutherglen. And while for many it was the promise of gold deep in the ground, the true wealth, it would be said was found in the top few inches of rich, loamy soil.

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Muscat Mile

It’s time to venture to the dark side, and discover Muscat of Rutherglen; a secret drink that sits somewhere between a wine and spirit. There is nothing quite like it anywhere in the world – rich, complex, mysterious and full of flavour.

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Food

What’s wine without food? Pretty good you say. Well, when it’s with food it’s really good. When that food is grown, reared, produced and made with little to no food miles, then it’s excellent. World-class chefs and super-proud bakers vie for your attention in and around Rutherglen.

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Arts & Culture

Rutherglen boasts a rich artistic heritage and a lively contemporary arts scene. Discover the creative talents of many artists along the Sculpture Trail linking vineyards and cellar doors. Annually, the Tastes of Rutherglen Art Prize attracts more than 500 entries nationally. And, in this birthplace of the famous 19th century artist

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Accommodation

Perhaps there’s something in the water. Generation after generation continue to make Rutherglen home. The beautiful surroundings, fresh air and relaxed temperament may also have something to do with it. Much like the wines though, Rutherglen’s accommodation options aren’t done by halves.

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Nature Experiences

While recent history has seen farmers and winemakers use the fertile lands of Rutherglen to their advantage, the story is much longer than that. Like most rivers, the Murray River is always moving, always changing and over time altered its course to carve out Lake Moodemere.

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Wahgunyah St Leonards - Grantham's Walk - 7

Short Walks with a Story

Every story has a walk and every walk has a story. Explore the many easy trails with stunning views of grapevines, bright yellow canola fields, awe-inspiring, ancient River Red Gums. Places with deep connections to First Australians and to the pioneers of wine.

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Ride

Bike trails around Rutherglen connect wineries to cellar doors and historically significant landmarks to special moments in time. Romantic riverbank afternoons are made easy by the gentle geography of the area.

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