In the 1990s, when the interest and demand
for Australian table wine was increasing tremendously, an extensive
search by a group of passionate wine professionals, for an area
suitable for producing an innovative range of regional wines, led
back to Rutherglen, and in 1996 Rutherglen Estates was born.
Teaming with a leading vineyard developement group, RE vineyards
management, the first vine were p...lanted in 1997.
With new concepts, management techniques and cutting edge
technology, we now have a total of 308 hectares (over 700 acres)
'under vine' on five sites within the region, the largest vineyard
development the region has ever seen.
Our stae of the art winery was completed in 2001, and now processes
up to 3000 tonne of grape annually, predominantly from our own
vineyards, but also for some local growers.
Approximately 25% of the wine we produce is for our own wine range,
the balance is for large wine companies who also recognise the
regions potential as a premium fruit source.See
Dry table wines from the later ripening
varieties from the warmer Mediterranean regions. Varieties such as
Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Savagnin, Grenache, Mouvedre and
Shiraz from France (particularly the Rhone Valley) have deemed
ideal, as is the Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Fiano and Arneis from Italy,
as well as the proven local icons, Durif, Muscat and Tokay.