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Tastes of Rutherglen: your next escape?

HerCanberra Team

You’re probably reading this while staring blearily at your work screen, wondering where on earth the summer holidays went.

But don’t despair, because we have the ultimate antidote to the ‘back to work blues’. The best way to stop mourning the end of the holiday season is to plan the next one. Your next getaway that is.

Unlike last month’s silly season, this getaway requires no awkward “So, you seeing anyone special?” conversations with far flung relatives, stale mince pies or themed wrapping paper that always tears at the corners every gosh darn time. This time it’s about you. Billed as “Rutherglen’s ultimate wine and gourmet food festival,” attending Tastes of Rutherglen is the best way to shrug off any suggestion that summer is over and enjoy the fruits of the season all weekend long.

Set over two days in March, Tastes of Rutherglen is the ultimate food and wine weekend as leading regional chefs and local winemakers partner in a superb progressive lunch in NE Victoria over March 12 and 13.

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Festival-goers can indulge in delightfully matched food and wine combinations as each of the 17 participating Rutherglen wineries, where a signature dish by a regional chef or producer is perfectly matched to the best wines of Rutherglen.

Meet the renowned and friendly winemakers behind Rutherglen’s world-class wines and discover the passion of North East Victoria’s local producers as the region celebrates vintage under sunny autumn skies. Tastes of Rutherglen provides the opportunity to enjoy the vibe at some of Australia’s most renowned family owned wineries while relaxing and sampling the flavoursome local food and wines.

Music, food, wine, family-friendly activities and fun seamlessly blend at what has become one of regional Victoria’s best festivals. Gourmands can simply indulge in fabulous dishes matched to sublime wines, or try something more interactive at one of the many wine-focused activities!

Festival entry is $20 – which provides a festival wristband and tasting glass. Meal + wine tickets are available at $20 each (Festival-goers may purchase as many as they like). Each ticket is  redeemable at any of the 17 wineries to enjoy incredible meal and matched wine. Over both days, a range of events will take place at wineries including inclusive wine dinners, masterclasses, dinners under the stars, live bands and much more!  There is fun for the whole family, with plenty of wineries offering children’s entertainment.

You can purchase festival entry tickets to Tastes of Rutherglen here.

Highlights

Entree + glass of wine matches, available at all wineries, include:

Jones Winery + Jones Winery Cafe – Socca de Nice (chickpea pancake) topped with fennel & onion marmalade, beef bresaola, and a snow pea tendril and apple salad

Wine match: Jones 2015 Fiano

Anderson Wines + The Victoria Hotel: Authentic Louisiana-styled pulled pork sliders with 13-hour slow roasted local Rivalea pork, with traditional cold slaw

Wine match: Warrabilla 2008 Reserve Shiraz

Activities on offer

John Gehrig Wines – “Olive & Wine Matching Masterclass” -Join Ross Gehrig and Gooromadda Olives to learn all about olives and olive production, tasted along with top John Gehrig wines – Saturday 12 March + Sunday 13 March at 2pm  (bookings required).

St. Leonard’s Vineyard – “Hip Sip” – Join in the fun of a trend Muscat Mixology Masterclass and check out the coolest addition to the St. Leonard’s range Saturday 12 March + Sunday 13 March – 3pm (bookings required).

Dinner at Lake Moodemere

Cellar Door Entertainment across both days

Morris Wines –  Enjoy the sounds of “The Royce Twins” – a fantastic duo from Mt. Beauty.

Warrabilla Wines- “Me & My Girl” – playing all weekend!

Buller Wines – Relax and enjoy or get up and dance to the very versatile “Maurice Milani Band”.

Special Evening Functions

Pfeiffer Wines –  Tastes of Rutherglen Dinner – Join the Pfeiffer family at their iconic winery setting for a magical evening of “pfine wines” and “pfantastic food”, catered by Adam Pizzini. Saturday, 12 March, 6:30pm. Bookings essential.

Campbells Wines – Cellar Door After Dark – Enjoy Campbell’s cellar door in twilight while grazing on tapas inspired dishes by Pinchos Catering, matched to Campbell’s Wines. Live music by Paddy Russell. Friday, 11 March 6pm-10pm. Bookings essential.

Lake Moodemere Wines – Sunset Jazz Soiree – Drink, eat and relax while the sun sets over Lake Moodemere! Tony Gander’s “Some Like it Hot” featuring a tribute to Louis Armstrong and some easy listening Latin American. Saturday, 12 March – 7pm.

Guest Services

Transport is easy over the two days thanks to the TAC Winery Shuttle Bus which circles between all 17 wineries, and festival-goers can hop on and off as they like in this safe and hassle-free way to tour the wineries ($27 per day,bookings online). Shuttle riders can also take advantage of the free wine check-in service, too.

There is also a regional shuttle option with pick-up and drop-off also available in Wagunyah, Corowa, Albury, Wodonga, Howlong, Mulwala, Bundalong, Chiltern, Wangaratta and Yarrawonga ($37 per day, bookings online).  A Designated Driver Reward Campaign, also sponsored by TAC, operates all weekend with information available at participating wineries or online.

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Purchase your tickets to the Tastes of Rutherglen festival here.

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