Our Wine, Our Soil
One of a new breed of Rutherglen winemakers moving away from the region’s famously big, bold reds, Ricky sources his cool climate Sangiovese grapes from the Alpine Valleys and from talented Beechworth vigneron, Fighting Gully Road’s Mark Walpole, from whom he has learned much about making fabulous Italian wines.
Durif is a rare red grape variety brought to Rutherglen from the south of France in 1908 by the eminent viticulturist Francois de Castella. The Rutherglen region had been brought to its knees by phylloxera, a vine aphid that decimated the region’s vineyards around the turn of the century.
Australian muscat is unlike any other wine on the planet. It’s complex, mysterious, enchanting, captivating and a true flavour experience. Muscat in Victoria’s Rutherglen dates back to 1860, so when you sample fortified wines from the region, many have been carefully tended by up to five generations of the one winemaking family.