48 hours in Rutherglen

By Jeni Port

19 Dec, 2023

Jeni Port takes us on a tour of Rutherglen, a history-steeped region in Victoria’s far northeast.

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Take your lead from the canola fields brilliant in colour that line your route into Rutherglen. Just follow the yellow line. Outside canola season, let the wild, bushranger country terrain be your guide.

This is Ned Kelly country. This is also wine country. Generations of wine families have tended the land developing signature wines celebrated the world over. None more so than the luxuriously sweet muscat and topaque fortifieds. Nowhere on earth can you access such richly concentrated tastebud-arousing flavours like these.

In table wines, old vine durif and shiraz – the region’s most planted and celebrated reds – bring a combination of power and elegance to the glass. The big three Rhône Valley white grapes – marsanne, viognier, roussanne – lap up the Rutherglen warmth.

On the road to RutherglenThe road to Rutherglen.

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