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Five Of The Best Rutherglen Wineries and Cellar Doors

Words by Ben Hallinan

The bestRutherglen wineries and cellar doors with map

Image: Campbells Wines

Explore world-renowned wines and enjoy great country hospitality as we present the best Rutherglen wineries and cellar doors with this guide and interactive map.

Forged out of the fortunes of the gold rush era, Rutherglen is one of the oldest wine regions in Australia and that history is on display everywhere. From the historic corrugated iron sheds housing dusty barrels of world-class fortified wines, to the old hand-tended vines that have lived through world wars, drought and pests, the whole region embodies the quintessential pioneering Australian spirit.

Rutherglen is arguably the unrivalled king of Australian fortified wines, but there is also a great variety of robust reds and crisp dry whites. Durif is the region's speciality red wine. It's full-bodied with dark fruit and cola characters and high levels of alcohol and tannin, but there is also a great abundance of Pinot Noir, Gamay, Shiraz and alternative varietals on offer.

To help plan your trip, we've selected a collection of Rutherglen wineries we feel provide the best cellar door experience, plus we've included a handy interactive map down below.

Rutherglen Cellar Doors List

Stanton & Killeen

Stanton and Killeen Cellar DoorThe charming Stanton & Killeen winery is set amongst established gums and rolling pasture with beautifully landscaped grounds and rustic iron sheds. For over 141 years, this Rutherglen icon has produced full-bodied, robust reds, crisp white wines and luscious Muscats, Topaque and vintage fortifieds and there is a great range available to sample during your tasting. Their fortified tasting flights are outstanding, allowing you to sample different categories of Muscat and Topaque to learn more about the process, the importance of ageing, blending and the difference between each method and variety. The historic bond room, originally added for storing spirit, and the original cement vats and fermenters give a snapshot of what winemaking practices were like at the turn of the century.

440 Jacks Road, Rutherglen - view on our map

Open daily 9 am to 5 pm Mon to Sat, 10 am to 5 pm Sun

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Rutherglen Estates

Rutherglen Estates one of the best wineries Rutherglen Estates is proving to the world that Rutherglen can produce world class white wines in addition to the region's renowned fortified and red wines. There is a great range of traditional, Mediterranean and alternative varietals on offer from Viognier, Marsanne, Fiano, Savagnin and Roussanne through to Shiraz, Sangiovese and Durif.

Located on the edge of the town in the Tuileries complex, Rutherglen Estates is the perfect place to base your stay in the region. There is a fantastic newly renovated cellar door, a unique Aboriginal art gallery as well as boutique accommodation overlooking the vines , a quality café, bar and a great restaurant. And you're just a stone's throw away from Rutherglen's Main Street to explore more after dark.

Tuileries Complex, 13-35 Drummond Street, Rutherglen - view on our map

Open daily 10:00 am to 5:30 pm

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Pfeiffer Wines

Pfeiffer Wines Rutherglen Cellar DoorThis charming winery is set inside a historic old distillery complex by the bank of the Sunday Creek. The father and daughter winemaking team of Chris and Jen Pfeiffer produce a world class range of wines that has garnered over 50 trophies and 350 medals from wines shows around the globe. After sampling the full range in the tasting room, you can then relax outside under an umbrella on the century-old Sunday Creek Bridge. With a glass of their world-renowned Pfeiffer Wines fortified or aromatic Gamay, you can try to catch a glimpse of a platypus in the creek below.

Distillery Rd, Wahgunyah - view on our map

Open daily 9 am to 5 pm Mon to Sat, 10 am to 5 pm Sun

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Cofield Wines

Cofield Wines Rutherglen Winery GuideThe Cofield family have been an integral part of the Rutherglen winemaking community since Frank Cofield first tendered to the St Leonards vineyards in 1909. Today, that family passion for wine lives on with third generation Damien at the helm of their wines with premium fruit sourced from Rutherglen, the King Valley, Alpine Valley and Beechworth. Cofield is a great choice when travelling with the family with lovely grounds, free BBQ facilities and outdoor games, bean bags, chess and totem tennis. And does spending the night under the stars with a glass of wine beside the vineyard where the grapes in that wine were grown sound like your ideal weekend escape? If so, then you're in luck, as you can camp beside the Cofield vines thanks to Grape Vine Glamping.

Distillery Rd, Wahgunyah - view on our map

Open daily 9 am to 5 pm Mon to Sat, 10 am to 5 pm Sun

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Campbells Wines

Campbells Wine Tastings with winemakersFor over 145 years and five generations, the Campbells family have produced iconic, full flavoured Rutherglen reds and elegant Rutherglen Port, Muscat and Topaque. That heritage is on display as you walk along the 'muscat mews' lined with century-old barrels of ageing fortified wines in their cellars. There is a great range of emerging varietals, Rutherglen stalwarts such as Shiraz and Durif through to their renowned sweets and stickies to taste accompanied by local cheese and olives. Make sure to book ahead for a private tour and tasting or reserve a hamper filled with delicious regional treats to enjoy on the lawns beside the vines.

4603 Murray Valley Hwy, Rutherglen - view on our map

Open daily 9 am to 5 pm Mon to Sat, 10 am to 5 pm Sun

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Rutherglen Winery Map

Planning a trip to Rutherglen? Download our interactive Rutherglen winery map. To save on your browser or device, click here

For more information on visiting Rutherglen, be sure to visit the official explore Rutherglen website or stop by the visitor information centre in the middle of town. But, if you'd like to sample some of the wineries listed in this guide before you visit, explore our selection of Rutherglen wines and find out more about the wineries listed here in our Meet the Makers section .

And, with the Wine Selectors Regional Release program , you'll experience a different wine region each Release with all wines expertly selected by our Tasting Panel, plus you'll receive comprehensive tasting notes and fascinating insights into each region. Visit our Regular Deliveries page to find out more!

Explore Rutherglen Wine

Campbells 375ml Muscat NV

The multi award-winning Campbells Wines is a long established Rutherglen winery that specialises in producing superbly crafted wines like this complex and well-balanced Muscat.
  • RegionRutherglen
  • Order codeCAMPB427NV
RRP: $20.00
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Your Price: $204.00
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Pfeiffer Melissa Anne Shiraz Cabernet Merlot 2016

The Pfeiffers have been Rutherglen stalwarts since 1984, with industry legend Chris Pfeiffer’s daughter Jen now taking over the winemaking reins.
  • RegionRutherglen
  • Order codePFEIF30616
RRP: $20.00
Qty Bottle(s)
Your Price: $204.00
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Stanton & Killeen 500ml Classic Topaque NV

  • RegionRutherglen
  • Order codeSTANT407NV
RRP: $34.00
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Your Price: $346.80
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Buller Fine Old Tawny NV

Buller Wines is a fourth generation family winery based in the Swan Hill and Rutherglen, and has been making wine like this Old Tawny in Victoria since 1921.
  • RegionRutherglen
  • Order codeBULLE417NV
RRP: $25.00
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Your Price: $224.40
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Rutherglen Estates Pinot Grigio 2016

The largest grower in the region, with vines planted on five vineyard sites, Rutherglen Estates has the resources to craft superb batches of interesting wines.
  • RegionRutherglen
  • Order codeRUTHE21016
RRP: $19.00
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Your Price: $193.80
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Rutherglen Estates Durif 2014

Durif originated in the Rhône Valley of France, but has been grown in Rutherglen for over a century. It’s a variety that tends to make rather bold wines and this is no exception!
  • RegionRutherglen
  • Order codeRUTHE30714
RRP: $24.00
Qty Bottle(s)
Your Price: $244.80
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Campbells Limited Release Cabernets 2012

A blend of Cabernet and Ruby Cabernet, described by Colin Campbell as “a lovely rich, flavoursome red wine enhanced by spicy oak and so works well with the big flavours of the Middle East.”
  • RegionRutherglen
  • Order codeCAMPB30612
RRP: $22.00
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Your Price: $224.40
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Stanton & Killeen 500ml Topaque NV

  • RegionRutherglen
  • Order codeSTANT447NV
RRP: $22.00
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Your Price: $224.40
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Pfeiffer Jennifer Jane Chardonnay 2015

  • RegionRutherglen
  • Order codePFEIF20115
RRP: $19.00
Qty Bottle(s)
Your Price: $193.80
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Pfeiffer Christopher's VP 2013

  • RegionRutherglen
  • Order codePFEIF40713
RRP: $29.50
Qty Bottle(s)
Your Price: $301.20
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