Rutherglen is home to some of the earliest wineries in Australia, many of which began in the 1860s. Through strength, resourcefulness and hard work many of these wineries still operate today, run by the same family. These fifth and sixth generation winemakers are the characters behind the region’s famous wines, and more often than not when you’re visiting, you get to meet the families behind the wines.
Visiting the cellar doors in this region is a real treat, and a great way to discover something new, try some of Australia’s most iconic wines, and meet the families who’ve been working this land for more than five generations. All of Rutherglen’s Cellar Doors are within a 15-minute drive from the centre of town, making it very easy to visit a huge range of great cellar doors. Many also offer hampers, cheese boards, and some even have cafes and restaurants, so make a day of it and come and find your new favourite wine!
But wine isn't the only gourmet hero in this region! Take the time to discover the amazing range of fresh produce and local delicacies throughout the region. Grab some chocolate at Corowa Whisky and Chocolate (or get the kids to make their own), visit a local olive grove and sample the fruit and oils, and – of course – don’t miss the chance to cast a line and catch your own. It doesn’t get any fresher than that!
Local Farmers and Craft markets showcase much of the local produce on offer and you’ll love the country vibe and friendly atmosphere of these markets.