The Rusden name is synonymous with quality and is unique in the way it operates. The vineyard and winery is 100% family owned and the wines made on-site. The Rusden brand is comprised of ten wines; each made using the same traditional methods, producing small batches of the highest quality wine, indicative of the Vine Vale terroir. All wines are made from the single vineyard that surrounds the winery.
Rusden’s roots stretch right back to the first families that settled this abundantly rich valley. The Rusden Vineyard is situated on the eastern side of the Barossa Valley in the sub-region of Vine Vale, where the Canute family grow, make and sell stunning wines drawing on the knowledge shared and passed down over 8 generations. Dennis and Christine Canute, along with their son Christian, own and operate Rusden’s vineyard and winery.
Christian Canute (Winemaker) has over 18 years of winemaking experience including international exposure and stints at some of the most highly regarded wineries in the nation. In 1997 he made the decision to take on the wine making responsibilities for the family business and has continued to make wines of the highest calibre.
A strong believer in tradition, Christian’s winemaking philosophies include: hand picking, gentle de-stemming, open air fermentation, basket pressing and aging in a blend of new and old French and American Oak. His aim is to “make wines that refine the power of Barossa fruit, yet highlight the floral aromatics and spice characters so evident in wines made from grapes grown in Vine Vale’s sandy soil.”
“Rusden has established a good following for their seductively ripe and well concentrated wines.......it possesses all the ingredients for long term success.”
Andrew Caillard MW
“Dense, full-bodied and voluptuous with a fabulous precision, good acidity, magnificent concentration and a fabulous finish. This is the kind of wine that only a handful of South Australian vineyards can consistently achieve. There is virtually nothing like it produced anywhere else in the world”.
Robert Parker – Wine Advocate
Cellar Door Opening Hours
Thursday-Monday 11am-5pm, other times by appointment.