Rutherglen Wine Region By James Halliday

Discover the wineries of the Rutherglen wine region of Victoria. Use our Rutherglen region guide and map to help you plan your next winery visit and to learn more about this region. This content is taken from James Halliday’s Wine Atlas of Australia, which is available to buy in the Wine Companion bookshop.

Fast Facts

  • Latitude:
    36°10’S
  • Altitude:
    170 m
  • Heat degree days:
    1770
  • Growing season rainfall:
    297 mm
  • Mean January temp:
    22.3°C
  • Harvest:
    End February to early May
  • Chief viticultural hazard:
    Spring frost

Discover the wine and wineries of Rutherglen

Discover Rutherglen with James Halliday's Wine Atlas of Australia

This is a part of Australia steeped in history, with character and personality second to none. One of the first vignerons in the north-east was Lindsay Brown, who took up the Gooramadda run in 1839. Gold came later, but Brown was convinced there was greater (and surer) wealth in viticulture. Victoria’s great wine historian and chronicler Hubert de Castella records that Brown ‘was in the habit of settling miners’ discussions as to the depth to which sinking of shafts should be carried. “To get gold”, he would say, “you need sink only about 18 inches and plant vines”.’

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