Originally a gold-mining town of the mid-19th century, Rutherglen Post Office opening on 1 November 1860,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 Tokay styles are sometimes described as having no worldwide equal. The region produces a good port style of fortified wine. . One of the largest largest winery in the region is the Buller and Son Winery, located just a short drive north-west outside of Wahgunyah. Established in early 1900’s, it features 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.
Rutherglen is the classic small Victorian town with most essential services.
The Rutherglen area deserves a minimum of a couple days, particularly if you are a wine buff. Red wines more so in particular.