Among the vines

David Reyne falls for the authentic charm of a gold town now famous for its wine.

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Good cheer ... Bright Brewery where you can learn the secrets of brewing.

Magnificent seven

Sue Wallace sets off on the thirst-quenching trail of seven country microbreweries.

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In a glass of its own

A new generation of winemakers is reinvigorating a region with a rich history, writes Sue Wallace.

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Tea Time Antiques, the old Aitken & Fullerton building dating from 1893.

Rutherglen

Rutherglen
Important wine growing district in northern Victoria.
Although Rutherglen is a former goldmining town it is best known as the centre of Victoria's long-established and most important wine-producing district. Fortified wines and dry reds are a specialty of this region. Rutherglen's charming atmosphere is conjured by the main street - an historic precinct with old timber buildings, verandah-fronted pubs, antique and bric-a-brac shops and tearooms. It is located in the easterly corner of the Murray River valley plains, 275 km north-east of Melbourne via the Hume Freeway and just 10 km from the Murray River, which forms the state border. Aside from wine production, tourism, wheat-production, wool, dairy products and stock further buttress the local economy. The current population is about 2500.

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Rutherglen - Fast Facts

Rutherglen
Important wine growing district in northern Victoria.
Although Rutherglen is a former goldmining town it is best known as the centre of Victoria's long-established and most important wine-producing district. Fortified wines and dry reds are a specialty of this region. Rutherglen's charming atmosphere is conjured by the main street - an historic precinct with old timber buildings, verandah-fronted pubs, antique and bric-a-brac shops and tearooms. It is located in the easterly corner of the Murray River valley plains, 275 km north-east of Melbourne via the Hume Freeway and just 10 km from the Murray River, which forms the state border. Aside from wine production, tourism, wheat-production, wool, dairy products and stock further buttress the local economy. The current population is about 2500.

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