Itinerary Ideas

Rutherglen is known throughout Australia and parts of the world for great wines, gourmet food and produce.  The vineyards are set amongst beautiful rural landscapes, the mighty Murray River and its interesting history. It was once home to some of the biggest wineries in the southern hemisphere, but Rutherglen was founded on Gold!

Today Rutherglen is renowned for its luscious fortifieds, fruit driven table wines and a unique grape called Durif, which makes soft full bodied red wines and sparkling red wines.

A tour to Rutherglen is not complete without sampling a wine or two, dipping your feet in the Murray River, afternoon tea of delectable cheeses, olives and fine chocolates and a peaceful walk though this historic town.

Wineries

Wineries & Vineyards

A trip to Rutherglen wouldn't be complete without a visit to one of our cellar doors.

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Twitching

Twitching (Bird Watching)

The Rutherglen and Chiltern regions are one of the premier bird-watching areas in southern Australia.
The district has exceptional bird diversity due to the high quality of habitat protected in the Chiltern National Park and surrounds.
More than 220 species have been recorded in the area, 180 of them residents or regular visitors.

Produce

Olive Groves, Produce & Chocolates

Afternoon tea of delectable cheeses, olives and fine chocolates.

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Restaurants & Cafes

Restaurants & Cafes

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History

Step Back in Time

Rutherglen was once home to some of the biggest wineries in the southern hemisphere, but Rutherglen was founded on Gold!

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Cycling

Cycling and Rail Trail

If you didn’t bring your bike let us organize one for you, along with a map to guide you through the region’s cellar doors and attractions at your own pace.

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Shopping

Boutique Shops & Antiques

In Main Street there are shops offering collectible books, homewares, antiques, a clock maker and gift stores.  You’ll also find vintage and contemporary clothing, fashion accessories, jewellery and specialty shops.

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Golf

Anyone for Golf?

Rutherglen was voted best sand scrape course in Australia, but most people love to play on the banks of the mighty Murray River at Corowa or Howlong.

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Parks

Peaceful walking tracks & parks

Take a peaceful walk around Lake King walk or Lake Moodemere, if you've feeling more energetic how about a bush walk through Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park.

Tours

Wine & Bus Tours

Sit back and relax while being chauffeur driven around the vineyards.

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Fishing

Cast out a line and have a picnic

With plenty of river, lakes and fishing holes, Rutherglen is the perfect place to catch the elusive Murray Cod.

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Markets

Local Markets

With fresh produce, bric-a-brac and plenty of hand made items, your sure to come home with something uniquely Rutherglen.

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Visit Surrounding Regions

Rutherglen is central to many towns and regional centres which makes it an ideal base for day trips, exploring or places to visit while avoiding the trip home.

Founded on Gold

It was once home to some of the biggest wineries in the southern hemisphere, but Rutherglen was founded on Gold!

Discovered during 1836 by Major Mitchell expedition the first settlers James Lindsay Brown and Thomas Clarke selected a parcel of land called Gooramadda run.  Three years later John Foord and John Crisp took up land next door at Wahgunyah run.

The first vines were planted in 1851 at Browns Plains (Gooramadda) by John Lindsay Brown and in Corowa by Edwin Sanger, but that was all about to change as gold was discovered in 1860.

Prospectors flooded to the region to find their fortune along the deep quarts belts.  One group of Indigo miners digging a shaft for several weeks close to where Wine Village Motel is located today, struck gold on the 9th September 1860.

At the time this end of town was named Barkly, after Sir Henry Barkly, Governor of Victoria and soon after business sprung up in Argyle (Main) and Elizabeth (High) streets.

“Shout the bar”, exclaimed David Hamilton to the publican John Wallace of the Star Hotel over a few drinks and you can call the town after your birthplace in Scotland. “Right you are Davie, Rutherglen it shall be” replied Wallace.

As the gold rush slowed, legend has it that someone said "there is more gold to be won from the top six inches of soil than from the depths below it", and in 1858 first vineyards Chambers, St Leonards, Gehrig's, Morris 1859, All Saints 1869, and Campbells 1870 established their plantings.

In the mid 1880's a bonus of 2 pounds was paid by Victoria Government every acre of vines planted in the region, and by 1890 Rutherglen's 50 vineyards where producing a quarter of all wine made in Australia.

But that was all about to end when in the 1899 Phylloxera spreads through out North East Victoria. This aphid which attacks the roots caused vines to be pulled out and burnt, closing many vineyards.

With the help of the Rutherglen Viticultural College, now the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) new rootlings from American phylloxera resistant stock where grown and by 1925 Rutherglen had over 7000 acres of vines planted, reaching the pre-Phylloxera levels and exporting over 700,000 gallons of wine to England each year.

It’s hard to miss the old mine sites, mullock heaps and former vineyards in the paddocks.  The grand old homesteads still remain, rustic cellar doors, and the classic shopfronts as you stroll along under the shady verandahs of Main Street.

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Rutherglen
Victoria 3685
Australia
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