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Break Away Trails: Rutherglen

Amanda Whitley

A four hour drive from Canberra will see you deep in Rutherglen’s wine and food country. You’re gonna need bigger pants.

DAY ONE

RUTHERGLEN VISITOR CENTRE

So you’ve arrived in Rutherglen, and you want to know where to
 begin your wine and food adventure. Drop into the Rutherglen Visitor Information Centre where you can get some fantastic local knowledge — you can even hire bikes from the centre, and jump straight onto the rail trail from here.

57 Main Street, Rutherglen | rutherglenvic.com

ANDERSON WINES

Howard and Christobelle Anderson are a father-daughter team running this boutique winery, and they specialise in sparkling wines. Using the traditional Champagne method, their sparkling red wines have a cult following, and are a fantastic way to start your day of wine tasting.

13 Chiltern-Rutherglen Road, Rutherglen | andersonwinery.com.au

JONES WINERY & VINEYARD

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Jones Winery & Vineyard has some of the oldest vines in the region, with this winery operating since the 1860s, and owned by the Jones family since 1925. With a passion for elegant French wine styles, Mandy Jones’ rustic cellar door transports you back in time, and the Jones Café is open for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea from Thursday to Sunday.

61 Jones Road, Rutherglen | joneswinery.com.au

WICKED VIRGIN OLIVES + ACCOMMODATION

You probably need a bit of a break from wine tasting, so head up the road to Wicked Virgin Olives. Inside the beautiful mudbrick building you can sample some of their award-winning olives, olive oils and preserves. There’s also a lovely little café where you can grab some ‘to die for’ hazelnut torte.

Hopetoun Road, Rutherglen | wickedvirginrutherglen.com.au

CHAMBERS ROSEWOOD WINERY

If you really want to immerse yourself in Rutherglen 150-year-old wine-making history, Chambers Rosewood Winery is a must visit. This winery remains practically unchanged since the late 1800s, and here you’ll find some of the richest, most delicious examples of Rutherglen’s famous wine, Muscat — a fortified sweet style of wine that has been made in Rutherglen for more than 150 years.

Barkly Street, Rutherglen | chambersrosewood.com.au

THOUSAND POUND

Wander down the main street to Thousand Pound, a trendy wine bar serving a huge range of local and international wines. Enjoy a local sparkling white wine or a ‘Rutherglen on the rocks’ and enjoy some candlelit banter while enjoying an Indigo Cheese Co platter of creamy dairy goodness.

82 Main Street, Rutherglen | thousandpound.com.au

ALL SAINTS ESTATE AND TERRACE RESTAURANT

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Rutherglen’s one-hat restaurant, Terrace, is an experience you can’t miss when visiting the region. Head chef, Simon Arkless, serves an incredible degustation on Saturday evenings showcasing local produce which matches wonderfully with their estate-made wines. You’ll know you’ve arrived when your driver takes you down the 100-year-old tree-lined driveway and the impressive All Saints Estate castle appears at the end.

All Saints Road, Wahgunyah | allsaintswine.com.au

DAY TWO

PARKER PIES

No trip to Rutherglen is complete without a visit to the famous 
Parker Pies in town. Fred has been making incredible gourmet pies here for years, and people travel far and wide to stock up on his delicious pastry creations.

88 Main Street, Rutherglen | parkerpies.com.au

SCION VINEYARD & WINERY

Rowland and Sally, the dynamic young couple behind Scion Vineyard & Winery, concentrate their efforts on making Muscat, Durif and Viognier by hand. Ask about their After Dark, an intense yet refined fortified wine and say hi to Sasha, their Springer Spaniel wine dog!

74 Slaughterhouse Rd, Rutherglen | scionvineyard.com

LAKE MOODEMERE ESTATE

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It’s getting on to lunch time, so it’s off to Lake Moodemere Estate. Michael and Belinda Chambers have breathed new life into this century old homestead, which was Michael’s childhood home. The menu always features their estate-grown lamb, which matches perfectly with their Durif.

12 Moodemere Road, Rutherglen | moodemerewines.com.au

WARRABILLA WINES

After your lunch, head 10 minutes west to Warrabilla Wines, where you’ll find arguably some of Australia’s most intense and bold red wines. Andrew and Amy are a father-daughter team creating iconic, full-bodied Durifs which are collected by wine lovers all over Australia.

6152 Murray Valley Highway, Rutherglen | warrabillawines.com.au

RENAISSANCE CHOCOLATES

After your visit to Warrabilla, you can’t miss out on dropping past Renaissance Chocolates! Delicious hand-made couverture chocolates are displayed in a beautiful glass case, with a huge variety of flavours, even incorporating local wines.

507 Boorhaman East Road, Norong | renaissancechocolates.com.au

RUTHERGLEN
 ESTATES AND
 TUILERIES RESTAURANT

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Making some of the most awarded wines in the region is Rutherglen Estates, where you can try some of their fantastic white wine varieties, like Viognier, Roussane and Marsanne.

Next door is the Tuileries restaurant, which serves incredible gourmet meals featuring local produce. Take a seat in the courtyard under the fairy lights and enjoy a long dinner featuring seafood, local lamb and indulgent desserts.

13-35 Drummond Street, Rutherglen | tuileriesrutherglen.com.au

ACCOMMODATION

THE WICKED VILLA

The Wicked Villa is a converted brick still-house which has been transformed into luxurious self-contained accommodation with expansive views over the olive groves.

wickedrutherglenaccommodation.com.au

TUILERIES

If you can’t bear to leave Tuileries Restaurant after dinner, stay the night at their boutique accommodation.

tuileriesrutherglen.com.au

Want someone else to do all the driving for you while you’re in Rutherglen? Do It With Style Tours or Alister’s Limousines can sort you out!

You can read this article in full and more in our latest edition of Magazine: Break The Mould. Available for free while stocks last. Click here to find your closest stockist. 

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Slider image courtesy of Shutterstock. All other images via www.rutherglenvic.com.

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Amanda Whitley

Amanda Whitley is the founder and director of HerCanberra. In her ‘spare time’, she instructs zumba, loves to cook (and eat), and wrangles two gorgeous little girls. She’s done everything from present the tv news to operate a stop and go sign and is passionate about connecting Canberra women.

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