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Victoria Hotel on Argyle street Rutherglen.jpg
The heritage listed Victoria Hotel in Main Street
Rutherglen is located in Shire of Indigo
Location in Shire of Indigo
Population 2,109 (2016 census)
Postcode(s) 3685
Elevation 175 m (574 ft)
LGA(s) Shire of Indigo
State electorate(s) Benambra
Federal Division(s) Indi
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
21.8 °C
71 °F
7.3 °C
45 °F
581.4 mm
22.9 in

Rutherglen is a small town in north-eastern Victoria, Australia, near the Murray River border with New South Wales. The town was named after the Scottish town of Rutherglen which lies just outside Glasgow. At the 2016 census, Rutherglen had a population of 2,109.


Rutherglen Wine Experience
Rutherglen Wine Experience & Visitor Centre

Rutherglen is located north of Wangaratta and west of Wodonga, just 10 kilometres from the Murray River at the border towns of Wahgunyah and Corowa.

Originally a gold-mining town of the mid-19th century, it has since developed into a major wine producing area, with 17 wineries all located within a short drive from the town centre, the best of which are highly regarded by wine critics (Halliday, Parker). The Muscat and Topaque (formerly known as Tokay) wines are sometimes described as having no worldwide equal. The region also produces a good Port style of fortified wine.

The largest winery in the region is the All Saints Winery, located just a short drive north-west outside of Wahgunyah. Established in 1864, it features landscaped gardens, ponds, a restaurant and wine tasting facilities. The Rutherglen Wine Experience Visitor Information Centre, located in the town centre on Main Street, offers displays of the town's rich history, how wines are made, and comprehensive tourist information.

The main street of Rutherglen maintains its historical charm, with most of the shop fronts retaining the same look they had a century ago. Rutherglen Post Office opened on 1 November 1860. Attractions within the town include Lake King which is surrounded by Apex Park and Rutherglen Park, as well as the historical wine-bottle-shaped water tower in Campbell Street.

Festivals and events

  • Rutherglen Regatta: second weekend of January
  • Tastes of Rutherglen: second weekend of March - third weekend of March
  • Winery Walkabout: Queen's Birthday long weekend of June
  • Rutherglen Agricultural Show: third weekend of October
  • Tour de Rutherglen: first weekend of November
  • Rutherglen Farmers Market: second weekend each month


The town in conjunction with nearby town Corowa has an Australian Rules football team (Corowa-Rutherglen) competing in the Ovens & Murray Football League. Another Australian rules football team, Rutherglen Football Club, play in the Tallangatta & District Football League.

Golfers play at the course of the Rutherglen Golf Club on Murray Street. The current club professional is Paul Black.

Notable people

  • Sir John Harris (1868–1946), politician and sherry pioneer
  • Michael Joseph Savage (1872–1940), Prime Minister of New Zealand, lived at North Prentice
  • Erle Cox (1873–1950), author
  • Robert Campbell (born 1982), former Hawthorn footballer

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