Rutherglen Wineries: 7 Highly Reviewed Wineries to Visit

by Jacob King Stanley

Rutherglen is a small town in North East Victoria, near the Murray River border. The region is known for producing sweet, fortified wines.

The region is one of Victoria’s ultimate food and wine destinations. Home to over 20 award-winning Rutherglen wineries, exceptional restaurants and cafes, and amazing local produce. Rutherglen is also home to some of the most picturesque camping, fishing, cycling, swimming and boating spots.

Endless farmers markets, art exhibitions, walking tracks are what you’ll find when visiting this Victorian town.

How To Get Rutherglen Wineries

By Car: From Melbourne Approximately a three-hour drive from Melbourne. Take the Hume Highway North and exit at Springhurst for the final 15km stretch to the Rutherglen Wineries.

From Sydney: Approximately a six-hour drive from Sydney. Take the Hume Highway south exiting at the Murray Valley Highway overpass. Follow the Murray Valley Highway for approximately 30km directly into Rutherglen.

From Canberra: Approximately a four-hour drive from Canberra. Take the Barton Highway north, exiting onto the southbound lanes of the Hume Highway. Remain on the Hume Highway, exiting at the Murray Valley Highway overpass. Follow the Murray Valley Highway for approximately 25kms into Rutherglen.

By Air: The nearest airport is in Albury with flights daily from Melbourne & Sydney. Taxis and car rental companies operate from Albury Airport. Rutherglen is just an easy 30-minute drive away.

By Train: V-Line operates multiple services from Melbourne daily. With coach transfers to Rutherglen available from Wangaratta.

For New South Wales visitors, the XPT services Sydney to Albury multiple times daily. Coach services are available from Albury to Rutherglen.

Wineries In The Rutherglen Region

History-rich Rutherglen has been making wine for over 150 years. The cool nights, warm days and long, dry autumns make for perfect viticultural conditions. With over 20 wineries to choose from, we recommend making a list of your top Rutherglen Wineries you’d like to visit, just as we’ve done.

1. Chambers Rosewood Winery

A laid-back, family-owned winery. First established by William Chambers in 1858, the Chambers family has been making wine at Rosewood for over six generations. The family has been operating from the same location in Rutherglen for 160 years.

Chambers Rosewood Winery, source:

While Bill Chambers is often to be found at the cellar door on the weekends, it is his son Stephen, who runs the winery after taking up the operation in 2001. This winery is home to some of Rutherglen’s finest vintages. If you’re after a down to earth, family-owned, affordable winery – Chambers Rosewood Winery should be on your list. The staff are very friendly and informative, always willing to give you insight into the history of the winery.

4.9 ⭐️ Google Rating
4.5 ⭐️ TripAdvisor Rating

2. Scion Wine

A hidden gem established in 2002. Scion Wine is located in the heart of Rutherglen. They are producers of artisan wines, handcrafted from vine to bottle. With views overlooking the countryside, there are 8 acres of vines, producing high-quality wine.  Rowly Milhinch is the owner and winemaker at Scion. Ten years, two small vineyard sites, a winery and cellar door later, Rowly’s winemaking style has evolved through inspiration from France and food. All about sustainability. They use solar power to run their winery and cellar door. And a small cluster of beehives enhancing biodiversity on their farm.

4.8 ⭐️ Google Rating
4.5 ⭐️ TripAdvisor Rating

3. Morris Wines

One of the world’s finest fortified wineries. Morris Wines is an iconic Australian winery with over 150 years of history. Today, David Morris continues the family’s winemaking history of combining tradition with contemporary techniques. Morris wines want to keep the family-owned and established winery alive. Friendly staff, amazing wine and a history lesson all found in one winery. Morris wines should definitely be on your list of wineries to visit in Rutherglen. You can thank us later.

4.8 ⭐️ Google Rating
4.5 ⭐️ TripAdvisor Rating

4. Stanton & Killeen Wines

Seven generations and 143 years old. Their vineyards produce outstanding fruit from 90-year-old Shiraz vines. Stanton & Killeen Wines cover over 30 acres of fertile land in the region of Rutherglen. Head to their cellar door to try exclusive, unique wines that are only available to try and purchase at the winery itself. Whilst visiting their cellar door, you can find out all about their history, all 143 years of it. The staff are very friendly & attentive, there are great wines to sample and there is an overall great atmosphere at Stanton & Killeen.

4.8 ⭐️ Google Rating
4.6 ⭐️ TripAdvisor Rating

5. Campbells Wines

Over 146 years of experience in Rutherglen. Campbells wines is all about passion, and producing unique, high-quality wines. With 5 generations of dedication, this family-owned winery is working to keep its dream alive. They have a hands-on approach and an uncompromising commitment to the quality of their wines. Enjoy a tasting at the cellar door, and indulge in a cheese & charcuterie platter to highlight the wines.

4.6 ⭐️ Google Rating
4.5 ⭐️ TripAdvisor Rating

6. Warrabilla Wines

Warrabilla Wines began in 1991 when Andrew Sutherland Smith and wife, Carol established the winery. The pair have established a reputation in the region for producing high-quality wine. The cellar door is a quick 12-minute drive from Rutherglen township. It is a rustic, functional and genuine winery with an extensive list of wine (in particular, reds). If you’re really into your red wine, then Warrabilla is for you. They have an impressive list of full-bodied reds, all waiting for you to taste them and experience the flavours for yourself. You’re in for a relaxing visit when exploring Warrabilla Wines. The staff are very knowledgeable and attentive but won’t pressure you into making a purchase.

4.7 ⭐️ Google Rating
5 ⭐️ TripAdvisor Rating

7. Cofield Wines

A boutique winery in the heart of the Rutherglen Wineries. Cofield specialises in Sparkling, White, Red and Fortified Wines. BYO picnic or make use of the BBQ facilities on their luscious lawn area. Kids are more than welcome, with numerous areas for them to play. Cofield Wines is known for their great wine at affordable prices. They have an award-winning sparkling shiraz, definitely worth trying if you’re visiting this great winery. Next door is the Pickled Sister Cafe for you to try if you didn’t pack a picnic.

Cofield stands out from the rest as they one of the few wineries to offer ‘Grapevine Glamping’. Book a one or two-night stay and indulge in a bottle of Cofield Wine on arrival, board games, a mini-bar, a fire-pit with marshmallows and a dinner hamper or platter. 

4.8 ⭐️ Google Rating
4.5 ⭐️ TripAdvisor Rating

Things To Do In Rutherglen

Discover everything Rutherglen has to offer. From historic sites, museums, trail walks and winery tours, there is a lot to do in the small town of Rutherglen.

You can even stroll down the main street of Rutherglen. It has maintained its historical charm, with most of the shop fronts keeping the same front they had a century ago. 

The Rutherglen farmers market is definitely worth checking out. You can try the local produce, support the small businesses and meet the dedicated locals. The farmers market is held on the second weekend of each month.

Cycle along the historic rail trails, indulge in the local produce on offer, explore the luscious gardens, or set up camp at one of their peaceful, scenic spots. There’s so much more to see than just the amazing Rutherglen vineyards.

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