Rutherglen Muscat Trail

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Autumn in the vineyards, Morris Wines, Rutherglen, North East Victoria

Autumn in the vineyards, Morris Wines, Rutherglen, North East Victoria [©Orlando Wines]

Nick Brown, winemaker, All Saints, Rutherglen and star of The Farmer Wants a Wife on Channel 9
Rutherglen in Victoria's High Country produces an outstanding range of fortified wines

As with most great stories the history behind the Muscats of Rutherglen is more than a happy combination of geographical location, personalities and opportunities. Vision, tenacity, passion, and plain old hard work have forged Rutherglen's inimitable status as the home of the world's richest wines.

In spite of very different climatic conditions and soils, lack of water and distance from traditional markets, early German and British settlers planted vines in the gently undulating country abutting the Murray River in north East Victoria .

Wines from the district were attracting international attention as early as the 1860s with their successes at various European exhibitions. In fact, one winery, All Saints Estate, won Australia's first international Gold Medal in London in 1868. A number of these original families still maintain a strong presence in Rutherglen. Traditions stretching over four, five, sometimes six generations are common in this district and the families, like the wine, have become uniquely Australian in flavour and ownership.

Visit the Muscat of Rutherglen site (follow the link above) and download the Muscat Trail brochure to explore and enjoy this distinctive Rutherglen variety.

 

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  • Legends, Wine and High Country (NE Victoria)
  • North East Victoria
  • Rutherglen

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