Something a little bit different is waiting for you in Rutherglen in north east Victoria. Sure, you can experience carefully crafted renditions of the usual suspects (shiraz, cabernet etc.), but you will also be exposed to a curious dose of lesser known varietals – especially in the fortified wine category. Think marsanne, roussanne, tempranillo, sangiovese and zinfandel for starters.

Maybe you’ve already noticed that many of the best wine regions in Australia enjoy a rich history while simultaneously embracing modern techniques. It seems to work in the eclectic Rutherglen, loved by winemakers and visitors alike thanks to its warm days, cool nights and long, dry autumns.

You will also find engaging cellar doors – many with adjoining restaurants that complement the district’s impressive dining options.