Rutherglen wine region

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Coordinates: 36°03′0″S 146°28′0″E / 36.05000°S 146.46667°E / -36.05000; 146.46667

Rutherglen
Wine region
Type Australian Geographical Indication[1]
Part of North East Victoria
Varietals produced Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Durif, Gewurtztraminer, Muscat, Semillon, Shiraz, Tokay (Muscadelle)
No. of wineries 18

Rutherglen is a wine producing area around the town of Rutherglen in North East Victoria zone of the state of Victoria in Australia.[2] The area is particularly noted for its sweet fortified wines.

Climate and Geography[edit]

Grapes and Wine[edit]

Grapes are grown is this region are Chardonnay,[3] cabernet Sauvignon,[3] Carignan,[3] Durif,[3] Gewurtztraminer,[3] Muscat,[3] Semillon,[3] Shiraz,[3][4] Tokay (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
  • Vintara Wines
  • Warrabilla Wines

Other Rutherglen wineries[edit]

In recent years,[when?] 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rutherglen". Register of Protected GIs and Other Terms. Wine Australia. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Hugh Johnson & Jancis Robinson (2007). The World Atlas Of Wine (6th ed.). Mitchell Beazley. ISBN 978-1-84533-414-7. 
  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