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Rutherglen

One of the oldest wine growing areas in Australia and long known for its fortified wines, Rutherglen, in Victoria's High Country, continues to pioneer winemaking thanks to the innovations of the next generation of regional wine families.

Wander through town and see the gold rush heritage reflected in the historic buildings now housing antique and bric-a-brac shops, tearooms and restaurants.

Enterprising winemakers have been taking advantage of the fertile land and mild climate around Rutherglen since the early 1800s, producing the renowned fortified wines, robust reds and crisp white wines. Visit modern cellar doors and meet fourth and fifth generation winemakers who are combining family traditions with cutting-edge techniques to keep Rutherglen on the map.

With cellar doors aplenty and bountiful local produce, great dining is par for the course. Local producers are justifiably proud of their 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.

Stop into the Rutherglen Wine Experience and Visitor Information Centre for premium wine tastings and local advice. Hire a bike and set off along the Muscat Trail past river red gum and secluded billabongs, taking in 10 local wineries. Keep the momentum up along the Pedal to Produce Cycle Trail and cruise past local orchards, wineries and cafes. Alternatively, hit the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail along the mighty Murray River.

Popular local events include the Tastes of Rutherglen in March, Tour de Rutherglen (cycling) in October, and Rutherglen Winery Walkabout in June.

Rutherglen is approximately 290 kilometres north-east of Melbourne or about three hours by car via the Hume Highway.

Rutherglen

Rutherglen: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Rutherglen to Wahgunyah 9km


In a wine region blessed with abundant sunshine, and long languid summers a ride along the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail from Rutherglen to the banks of the mighty Murray River in Wahgunyah is a charm. The shortest of all the rail trails, and possibly the flattest. Sip some of Australias oldest wines and trundle past some of the oldest vines over a leisurely nine kilometre ride.

Set out early in Summer to avoid the heat or save this little leg for Winter when the crisp sunny blue skies, so well known in the North East, make it a perfect full day activity before cocooning back in your cottage with a local red. This short, flat leg of the Murray to Mountains is also ideal for the little ones keen to hit the trail. Remember to pack the togs in Summer for a refreshing dip, when you reach the Murray River in Wahgunyah.




Hamilton Street,
Lorimer
Rutherglen, VIC, 3685

Located 0.3K from Rutherglen

Rutherglen: Events

Rutherglen Winery Walkabout


Victoria's original wine festival, the Rutherglen will once again be the place to be for more than 15,000 people on the June long weekend for the annual Rutherglen Winery Walkabout.

Armed with Walkabout glasses and wrist band, the young, old and in between descend on the wineries for a spectacle not to be missed.

Don't want to drive? A TAC Shuttle bus service is picking up passengers from regional areas such as Lavington, Albury, Wodonga, Howlong, Wangaratta, Chiltern, Beechworth, Mulwala, Yarrawonga, Bundalong, Corowa and Wahgunyah. The Shuttle buses are a hop on and hop off service - you choose which winery you want to go to.

A full list of activities can be found on the website.


Event Dates
2018
      9th Jun
      10th Jun


57 Main Street
Rutherglen, VIC, 3685

Located 0.0K from Rutherglen

Tastes of Rutherglen


Tastes of Rutherglen 2018 is Rutherglen's premiere wine and gourmet food event.

With award-winning wineries partnering with leading regional chefs and producers, Tastes of Rutherglen is the perfect way to sample the best of what the region has to offer.

This event not only showcases Rutherglen's outstanding wines and food, it also gives you the chance to get behind the scenes at many of the wineries to learn about the history and hard work that goes into making world class wines.

Experience all the fantastic wine, food and events at Tastes of Rutherglen.


Event Dates
2018
      10th Mar
      11th Mar


57 Main Street
Rutherglen, VIC, 3685

Located 0.0K from Rutherglen

Rutherglen Farmers Market


The Rutherglen Farmers Market brings together all that is seasonal, regional and beautiful about produce in North-East Victoria. Held on the second Sunday of every month the market attracts more than twenty-five stall holders offering everything from artisan breads, to seasonal fruits and vegetables, specialty meats, oils, jams, preserves and so much more.

Some tips for attending the Rutherglen Farmers' Market:

Visitors are encouraged to bring their own bag, basket or esky and to minimise waste.

Bring a sense of adventure. A farmer's market is the ideal place to try something that might not normally be on the shopping list!

Ask a question. Take the opportunity to talk to the person who grew or produced the product. You might even pick up some great recipe ideas!

Shop seasonally. The market changes with the seasons. Relish the opportunity to buy fresh produce in season.

Support the Lions Club. The Rutherglen Lions Club have been fueling up visitors with magnificent egg and bacon rolls from the very first market. Be sure to try one when you next visit.


Event Dates
2017
      10th Dec
2018
      14th Jan
      11th Feb
      11th Mar
      8th Apr
      13th May
      10th Jun


Douglas Street
Rutherglen, VIC, 3685

Located 0.2K from Rutherglen

Rutherglen Country Fair


The Rutherglen Country Fair is one of the largest regional markets in Victoria. It is held on the Sunday of the Queen's Birthday long weekend from 9am to 3:30pm and is part of the popular Winery Walkabout .

Come along and grab a bargain from over 300 stallholders. Produce and craft stalls, an animal nursery, variety of food stalls, buskers and music for a carnival atmosphere to be enjoyed by the whole family. Stretching the length of Main Street, the fair turns the small town of Rutherglen into a bustling place to be during the Winery Walkabout weekend.

Free entertainment including buskers, bands on the balcony, the silverman and entry to competitions including the barrel rolling where competitors roll wine barrels up and down the main street. The infamous grape stomp between visitors, locals and as well as the 'polly' stomp between local and invited politicians.

Something for every member of the family.

The Rutherglen Country Fair is a community project of the Rotary Club of Rutherglen.


Event Dates
2018
      10th Jun


Main Street
Rutherglen, VIC, 3685

Located 0.2K from Rutherglen

Rutherglen Ballroom Dance Festival


The Rutherglen Ballroom Dance Festival is a weekend of ballroom and social new vogue dancing. It brings people from around the eastern states as well as overseas visitors together and includes dance workshops with Australia's top choreographers introducing the latest choreographed dances.

Dancers have the opportunity to dance to Australia's top social dance recording artists. It is one of two festivals of their kind (five amazing events in total and growing) in the area and both are regarded as being the largest and best of their kind in the eastern states.

While here participants have the opportunity to visit Rutherglen's world renowned wineries and other tourism attractions as well as explore the wider area of Indigo Shire during the time up to and following the weekend.

The event is held during the first weekend of March.


Event Dates
2018
      2nd Mar
      3rd Mar
      4th Mar


High Street
Rutherglen, VIC, 3685

Located 0.3K from Rutherglen

Rutherglen Carols by Candlelight


Rutherglen Lions Club Carols by Candlelight brings the town together to celebrate Christmas.

Carols will be sung by children from Rutherglen Kinder, St Mary's Primary School and Rutherglen Primary School.

Following the junior carols it will be time for the adults to get their singing voices ready to sing into the night along with the Murray Brass Band.

Santa will make an appearance around seven pm.

Free sausage sizzle supplied by Rutherglen Lions Club plus other stalls.


Event Dates
2017
      8th Dec


Douglas Street
Rutherglen, VIC, 3685

Located 0.3K from Rutherglen

Rutherglen Triathlon


The Rutherglen Triathlon is a community triathlon run conducted on the same weekend as the Tastes of Rutherglen. It has been held for 20 years and consists of two events.

The Long Distance Event comprises a 1.5 kilometre run, 22 kilometre ride, 200 metre pool swim and finishes with a 3.5 kilometre run.

The Short Distance Event (Junior and Back of the Pack events) comprises a 10 kilometre ride, 200 metre pool swim and a 3.5 kilometre run. It is designed for the younger participant. The Back of the Pack event is the most popular category and and is adults wanting to complete individually the shorter event. The team event is for families (Mum, dad and child) wanting to compete together.

There are numerous categories in each event including both individual and team events and has over $2,000 in cash prizes.

While in Rutherglen why not take part in the Tastes of Rutherglen festival where you can dine and taste our local produce in a tranquil atmosphere at one out local wineries.

The triathlon is supervised by the local SES, Police and Rotary.

For further information and entry please visit the website.


Event Dates
2018
      11th Mar


149 High Street
Rutherglen, VIC, 3685

Located 0.4K from Rutherglen

Rutherglen Agricultural Show


The picturesque Rutherglen Showgrounds play host to this year's Annual Rutherglen Agricultural Show.

Stroll through the livestock pavilion and explore the colourful display of arts and crafts in the Henderson Pavilion - be in envy of the cooking and preserving skills of the country cooks, and admire the fine needlework and the high standard photographic exhibition.

Don't forget to check out the entries in the men's cake cooking.

There are children sections in the cooking, craft and flower sections of the Show and junior categories in the livestock and produce competitions. Much of the entertainment during the day is targeted to family groups and the kids love the petting zoo display.

Enter in the Rural Ambassador and Junior Show Ambassador Awards which are run each year by the Victorian Agricultural Shows Association. These awards are to encourage greater participation of young people in their local show and in similar community events and activities. Local winners have the opportunity to go on to represent Rutherglen at Regional, State and National competitions.

Attend the Rutherglen Agricultural Show with your family and keep a tradition of over 120 years of Rutherglen Shows going for many years to come.


Event Dates
2018
      21st Oct


High Street
Rutherglen, VIC, 3685

Located 0.4K from Rutherglen

Rutherglen: Travel Tips

Rutherglen Wine Experience and Visitor Information Centre


Rutherglen Wine Experience and Visitor Information Centre is located in a township blessed with the world's richest wines, deep soul and character, the powerful Murray, ancient river red gums, idyllic pastoral scenes and historic villages.

Rutherglen has cutting edge cuisine and homely meals, cosy bed and breakfasts and luxury accommodation, great festivals and genuine characters.

To get the most from your visit, make the Rutherglen Wine Experience and Visitor Information Centre your first port of call. Talk to the local full time and volunteer staff, who know the region and its wines very well, too well in some cases.

Discover which roads to take and who can take you, the best picnic spots on the Murray River, and what is happening when, where and why. Find out where to eat, drink and party, where to stay and where to swim, ride, play golf and relax.

The centre offers bike hire including two tandem bikes and the centre is situated opposite the start of the Rutherglen to Wahgunyah section of the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail.

Discover the array of local produce, wines and souvenirs in the extensive gift shop.




57 Main Street
Rutherglen, VIC, 3685

Located 0.0K from Rutherglen

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