The Winemakers of Rutherglen are an inspiring collective of 19 wineries from one of Australia’s most historic and iconic wine regions – Rutherglen.
Protected by the Great Dividing Range, Rutherglen is blessed with cool nights, warm days and gloriously long, dry autumns. In essence, the ideal viticultural conditions for pioneering varietals that are uniquely Australian in charm and in spirit.
With Durif and Muscat at its heart – representing both innovation and tradition – Rutherglen is a region unlike any other. Winemaking is a family tradition in Rutherglen, with fifth, sixth and seventh generation winemakers passing on their artistry to craft critically-acclaimed wines. Explore the rich heritage, unique climate and varieties that make this authentic region so world-renowned.
Climate – The dry, warm climate provides conditions for a broad range of varieties and styles. As a result, the region’s producers have trialled many varieties over the generations and continue to do so with excellent propensity for fruit ripeness and diversity of style.
Soils – The old vines that are the backbone of Rutherglen’s great fortified wines are grown on a band of loam on the lower slopes of the gentle local hills called the Rutherglen loam. Bands of red clay and quartz are also found in parts of the region where gold was once mined. Another entirely different soil type is ‘Black Dog fine sandy loam’ found around those wineries that are closer to the Murray River.
Harvest – Mid-February to late April
Wines – Muscat, Whites with complexity (Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier), Shiraz, Durif