Rutherglen Rambles

Monday, February 25, 2013

There's more to this wine district than its famous fortifieds, writes Dan Stock.

Wine has been produced around Rutherglen for more than 150 years and the area's fortified varieties are famous around the world. But there is more to the vines here than the flagship muscat and durif, and there is more to explore than just good things in a glass.

Beauty rich and rare

Campbells is famous for its Bobbie Burns Shiraz (now in its 41st consecutive vintage) and The Barkly Durif. Brothers Malcolm and Colin Campbell continue the family tradition, begun in 1870, and are now making interesting whites including semillon, gerwurz and trebbiano, along with some Spanish and Portuguese reds. But the rare muscats and topaques, some of which are up to 80 years old, remain the gems in the Campbells line-up. From the cellar door pick up a hamper filled with Milawa cheese and local charcuterie and a bottle of your favourite to enjoy in the grounds.

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