It may be one of Australia’s oldest wine regions but Rutherglen has much more to it than fabulous cellar doors and vineyards.
It’s a chic and contemporary getaway destination, with new attractions and dining options.
It’s also got a brand new website making it easy to tailor-make itineraries to suit any taste, appetite or style.
and taking a quick six-question quiz which generates a suggested bespoke itinerary highlighting food and wine, nature-based and cycling experiences.
The new site is also a great place to get to know the people behind the wines of Rutherglen.
Some of these Faces of Wine trace their lineage six or more generations back to the 1860s when pioneering grape growers discovered that the rich alluvial plains watered by the mighty Murray.
They discovered the Mediterranean climate created a dream terroir which continues to deliver internationally admired Muscats, stonking reds and luscious whites crafted by innovative, passionate makers.
There’s also a bunch of very cool new arrivals. Check these out.
Grace, is a brand new restaurant/deli/bar now open for breakfast, lunch, aperitivo and dinner from the legends behind Milkin’ Kitchen gourmet caterers
The Much-loved local foodie institution, The Pickled Sisters, now at a new Main Street location with chef Stewart Gilchrist still at the helm is open for dinner Friday and Saturday nights as well as his famous all day brunch and lunch menu Thursday to Sunday.
New at Cofield Wines (former home of The Pickled Sisters) is Footsteps, a cafe and restaurant highlighting fresh locally sourced produce to match the excellent estate-grown wines of maker Damian Cofield.
The Pavilion, overlooking the century-old Calliope vines at Buller Estate, a standout for a long and leisurely winery lunch or a cellar door graze.
The beautifully restored historic landmark, The Convent, is now available as unique group accommodation and a perfect place to gather the crew for one of Rutherglen’s fantastic annual events.
Then there are literally dozens of unique cellar doors for leisurely tastings, all within an easy pedal of each other.
Drop into the very cool Main Street bar Thousand Pound, enjoy a coffee and take a riverside walking trail. There are great picnic places near Lake Moodemere, the Murray and Lake King.