We acknowledge the original custodians of these lands. The people of the rivers and the hills have walked these lands for thousands of years as well as today,
and we pay respects to the elders of the past, present and emerging.

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As one of Australia’s oldest and premier wine producing regions, Rutherglen is home to a curated selection of cellar doors and vineyards. But that's not all, with an abundance of dining options, boutique accommodation, cycling paths and walking trails, how will you decide to spend your stay in Rutherglen? Take the quiz to be paired with a curated itinerary, you may even find your perfect match. 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Winemakers of Rutherglen takes a regional approach to sustainable winegrowing and winemaking practices. Our investment in the Sustainable Winegrowing Australia Program is testament to our ongoing commitment in ensuring that we leave our land in better shape for future generations.

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Find Your Activity

There are so many things to do, events to enjoy, and ways to explore Rutherglen, whether imbibing some of the world’s best fortifieds along the Muscat Mile or cheering on the rowers at Australia’s oldest regatta. See below to discover it all.

Gallery Frontage

Gallery Rutherglen

Rutherglen’s quirky art gallery, showcasing local talent from artists, blacksmiths, photographers and more. From hand-forged metal works from the local…

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Walking track which walks through river gum trees and reaches the Murray River

Wahgunyah River Walking and Cycle Trail

Whether you walk or cycle this trail, it will take you through beautiful old river gums, local vineyards as well…

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Chef Briony Bradford

Jones Winery Restaurant

Arthur and Mandy Jones are delighted to collaborate with young chef Briony Bradford, who heads Jones Winery Restaurant. Briony’s expertise…

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The Muscat Mile № 11. Scion

Muscat Reimagined, $100pp, $90pp for wine club members By appointment, minimum two people. Explore the rich tradition of Rutherglen muscats…

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Gelatina

Gelatina

A visit to Rutherglen would not be complete without experiencing at least one flavour of Gelatina’s delicious gelato, made in…

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Rutherglen Gold Club overlooks Lake King Wetlands

Lake King Wetlands at Rutherglen

Lake King was formed in the late 1860’s, its original purpose to provide the town’s water supply. Today it is…

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The Muscat Mile № 2. Buller Wines

Towards Perfection, $15pp (Redeemable on purchase) Experience a Muscat tasting covering all four classifications, presented on a specially made tasting…

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James and Co Wines- Main St Rutherglen

James and Co Wines

Stop by and stay awhile at James and Co Wines. Visitors are very welcome to sit at the handcrafted tables…

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Wahgunyah River Track Walk

This trail will take you through the old river gum trees beside the Murray River and passes by farming properties.…

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Cofield Wines Cellar Door

Cofield Wines

Cofield Wines is a boutique, family owned and operated winery, located in the heart of the Rutherglen wine district. The…

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De Bortoli Rutherglen Estate

The landmark, historic building was originally built as cellars by Seppelt’s Wines, in 1886. It now houses the De Bortoli…

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The Muscat Mile № 8. Lake Moodemere Estate

Muscat Food Matching Experience, $40pp Indulge in three courses of sweet and savoury dishes (all house prepared), showcasing their estate-grown…

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Street view of the grand facade of the convent

The Rutherglen Convent

The Rutherglen Convent offers unique group accommodation in a thoughtfully-restored building that was once a boarding house, school and convent.…

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The shop has a large range of gift items

Daisy Cow

As a massage therapist, Sue Brain always wanted to make her own natural body products. In 2007 she qualified as…

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Gold Battery sign

Rutherglen Gold Battery

The Rutherglen Gold Battery is located on the northern fringe of the township, an easy walk from the centre of…

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Lunch on the Lawn

Rutherglen Seasonal Food Foray

A progressive picnic lunch with a difference, the Seasonal Food Foray is the ideal way to explore Rutherglen and discover…

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Rutherglen Heritage Walk

Rutherglen was originally settled by squatters in 1836 but the discovery of gold in nearby Chiltern some 20 years later…

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The Carlyle Loop

Set out from the Rutherglen Wine Experience, and turn right into High Street – cycling up the hill past impressive…

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St Leonards Vineyard

St Leonards Vineyard

Established in 1860, St Leonards Vineyard is a hideaway for wine and food lovers, on a picturesque bend of the…

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History

From Generation to Generation

It has been said that while Rutherglen was founded as a gold rush town, the real wealth existed in the few inches of topsoil, made rich and fertile by the Murray River and Lake Moodemere.

For more than 160 years winemakers and their families have called Rutherglen home and this special layer of dirt has produced vineyards and internationally acclaimed wines, from fortifieds and complex reds to new styles and varietals by a new and adventurous generation of makers and minds, staking their claim on the luscious soil.

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How to Find Us

Only 300kms from Melbourne and 600kms from Sydney, Rutherglen is accessible by road, by air into Albury and by rail to Wangaratta.

Walking through our gate is an invitation to share in the richness of our lives, the beauty of our landscape, and the bounty of Estate Grown produce.

Michael Chambers, LAKE MOODEMERE ESTATE

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