Rutherglen, Victoria

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This article is about the town in Victoria, Australia. For the town in Scotland, see Rutherglen.
Rutherglen
Victoria
Victoria Hotel on Argyle street Rutherglen.jpg
The heritage listed Victoria Hotel in Main Street
Rutherglen is located in Shire of Indigo
Rutherglen
Rutherglen
Location in Shire of Indigo
Coordinates 36°03′20″S 146°27′45″E / 36.05556°S 146.46250°E / -36.05556; 146.46250Coordinates: 36°03′20″S 146°27′45″E / 36.05556°S 146.46250°E / -36.05556; 146.46250
Population 1,990 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 3685
Elevation 175 m (574 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Indigo
State electorate(s) Murray Valley
Federal Division(s) Indi
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
21.7 °C
71 °F
7.3 °C
45 °F
587.4 mm
23.1 in

Rutherglen About this sound pronunciation  is a small town in north-eastern Victoria, Australia, near the Murray River border with New South Wales. The town was named after the Scottish town of Rutherglen which lies just outside Glasgow. At the 2006 census, Rutherglen had a population of 1,990.[1]

Features[edit]

Rutherglen Wine Experience & Visitor Centre

Rutherglen is located north of Wangaratta and west of Wodonga, just 10 kilometres from the Murray River at the border towns of Wahgunyah and Corowa.

Originally a gold-mining town of the mid-19th century, Rutherglen Post Office opening on 1 November 1860,[2] it has since developed into a major wine producing area, with 17 wineries all located within a short drive from the town centre,the best of which are highly regarded by wine critics (Halliday, Parker). The muscat and Topaque (née Tokay) wines are sometimes described as having no worldwide equal.[citation needed] The region produces a good port style of fortified wine. The largest winery in the region is the All Saints Winery, located just a short drive north-west outside of Wahgunyah. Established in 1864, it features landscaped gardens, ponds, a restaurant and wine tasting facilities. The Rutherglen Wine Experience Visitor Information Centre, located in the town centre on Main Street, offers displays of the town's rich history, how wines are made, and comprehensive tourist information.

The main street of Rutherglen maintains its historical charm, with most of the shop fronts retaining the same look they had a century ago. Attractions within the town include Lake King which is surrounded by Apex Park and Rutherglen Park, as well as the historical wine bottle shaped water tower in Campbell Street.

Wine[edit]

Rutherglen is a wine producing area around the town of Rutherglen in the North Eastern region of Victoria and is particularly noted for its sweet fortified wines.

Grapes and Wine[edit]

Chardonnay,[3] Cabernet Sauvignon,[3] Carignan,[3] Durif,[3] Gewurtztraminer,[3] Muscat,[3] Semillon,[3] Shiraz,[3][4] (Muscadelle).[3][4]

Both Muscat, in particular "Brown Muscat", and Muscadelle (under the name "Topaque") are made into long-lived, sweet fortified wines, which are often bottled after an extended period of barrel aging.

Wineries[edit]

Winemakers of Rutherglen[edit]

The Winemakers of Rutherglen formed into a membership based incorporated association in 1992. 18 wineries now make up the Winemakers of Rutherglen.

  • All Saints Estate
  • Anderson Winery
  • Bullers Winery Rutherglen
  • Campbells Winery
  • Chambers Rosewood Winery
  • Cofield Wines
  • Jones Winery & Vineyard[5]
  • Lake Moodemere Vineyards
  • Morris Wines[6]
  • Mount Prior Vineyard
  • Pfeiffer Wines
  • Rutherglen Estates[7]
  • Scion Vineyard
  • St Leonards Vineyard
  • Stanton & Killeen Wines
  • Valhalla Wines
  • Warrabilla Wines

Other Rutherglen wineries[edit]

In recent years, Rutherglen has seen a number of smaller new wineries emerge varying in size and production. Some have opted to open a cellar door

  • Calico Town Wines
  • Lilliput Wines

Sport[edit]

The town in conjunction with nearby town Corowa has an Australian Rules football team (Corowa-Rutherglen) competing in the Ovens & Murray Football League.[8] Another Australian rules football team, Rutherglen Football Club, play in the Tallangatta & District Football League.

Golfers play at the course of the Rutherglen Golf Club on Murray Street. The current club professional is Paul Black.[9]

Festivals and events[edit]

  • Rutherglen Regatta: second weekend of January
  • Tastes of Rutherglen: second weekend of March - third weekend of March
  • Winery Walkabout: Queen's Birthday long weekend of June
  • Rutherglen Agricultural Show: third weekend of October
  • Tour de Rutherlgen: first weekend of November
  • Rutherglen Farmers Market: second weekend each month

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Rutherglen (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Tom Stevenson (1997). The New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia (3rd ed.). London: Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 978-0-7894-2079-4. 
  4. ^ a b Oz Clarke (1999). Oz Clarke's Encyclopedia of Wine. London: Websters. ISBN 9780316851572. 
  5. ^ http://www.joneswinery.com
  6. ^ http://www.morriswines.com.au/_agev.php
  7. ^ http://www.rutherglenestates.com.au
  8. ^ Full Points Footy, Corowa Rutherglen, retrieved 2008-07-25 [dead link]
  9. ^ Golf Select, Rutherglen, retrieved 2009-05-11 

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