Rutherglen Travel Guide
Rutherglen accommodation, Rutherglen activities and attractions, Rutherglen maps, transportation to and around Rutherglen - the Jasons Rutherglen Destination Travel Guide is your complete visitor guide for Rutherglen.
Located in one of the oldest wine-growing areas in Australia, Rutherglen is renowned for its fortified wines. Once a major gold mining town, Rutherglen's heritage is reflected in the historic buildings now housing antique and bric-a-brac shops, tea rooms and restaurants. Enterprising winemakers have been taking advantage of the fertile land and mild climate around Rutherglen since the early 1800s. Rutherglen wineries produce robust red wines that cellar well for many years, as well as crisp, modern style whites. However, the region is best known for its superb fortified wines, especially muscats. At the visitor information centre, find out all you need to know about the 20 magnificent wineries that make up the Winemakers of Rutherglen, as well as accommodation, dining and regional highlights. Hire a limousine or join a tour to explore the scenic winery circuit. Cycle along the Muscat Trail past stands of river red gum and secluded billabongs along the Murray River to 10 of the local wineries. The trail starts at the Rutherglen Wine Experience and Visitor Information Centre, where bikes are available for hire. Enjoy great dining matched with some of Victoria’s best wines. Sample delicious local produce such as honey, trout, Murray cod, cherries, berries, nuts, chutneys and preserves. Pick up a picnic hamper or stock up on supplies to take home with you. Popular local events include the Tastes of Rutherglen in March, Tour de Muscat (cycling) in November and Winemakers of Rutherglen Legends Weekend in November. Rutherglen is 275 kilometres north-east of Melbourne or about three hours from Melbourne via the Hume Highway, in the eastern corner of the Murray River valley plains.