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16 cellar doors in one: are you ready for Rutherglen in the City?

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 Is your winter in need of a wine-tervention? Your chariot has arrived in the form of one of winter’s most indulgent events— Rutherglen in the City.

Long-time readers of this website will be well-acquainted with the bounty of Rutherglen. One of Australia’s most scenic wine regions, we’ve waxed lyrical about its boutique wineries for years. But it doesn’t matter if you can’t spare a weekend for the four-hour road trip. Next month, Rutherglen’s epic foodie experience is coming to you.

Taking place on Sunday 18 August, Rutherglen in the City is essentially multiple cellar doors in one place, with 16 Rutherglen wineries represented across two sessions at Pialligo Estate. Think of it as your personal teleportation to one of Australia’s most delicious wine regions.

A $35 ticket gives you access to tastings from all 16 wineries with your own Rutherglen in the City tasting glass that you can take home, plus artisanal food from the region and food for purchase from Pialligo Estate.

The event’s festival-like atmosphere is perfect for soaking up on a picnic blanket with friends as you discuss your favourite tastings and tuck into a Pialligo Estate lunch hamper, which is available on pre-order for you to pick up on the day.

The brainchild of Winemakers of Rutherglen, Rutherglen in the City is the “melding” of its previous event, Taste of Two Regions, with feedback from attendees of Rutherglen in the City Melbourne, explains Natalie Ajay, Executive Officer of Winemakers of Rutherglen.

“We’ve melded our learnings from the two together to bring a really exciting and gourmet event for Canberrans. We’re really excited to come back to Pialligo Estate in August—it has such as stunning outlook and it’s the perfect place to host a bunch of boutique winemakers.”

Natalie says it’s also the perfect time to get your hands on exclusive vino.

“Guests can choose from over 100 wines within their tasting session and, of those, the majority of them can only be purchased direct from the winery, so it’s a great chance to get your hands on wines you can’t buy from the big liquor stores or outside of the Rutherglen region. It’s a once a year chance to stock up on your favourites and find some new ones.”

This is made all the easier by the event’s free wine concierge service, which allows guests to ‘check’ their wine purchases, meaning you can purchase something you love on the spot, without having to cart it around all day. At the end of your session, simply collect your wine from one spot and go.

“So you can walk around, tasting and eating and enjoying the music without having to carry a lot of bottles,” explains Natalie. “We’ll make sure it’s all managed for you.”

But the day is about more than just great wine. Rutherglen in the City provides the full cellar door experience and Natalie says that more often than not, the people pouring your wine will be the winemakers themselves, ready to tell you their story.

“It’s a great chance to ask questions, to find out about what motivates them and why they’re so passionate about what they do.”

Want to dig even deeper into the Rutherglen region? There will also be six masterclasses offered across the day, with sessions able to be booked for just $5 per person.

“They will sell out extremely quickly and we would certainly recommend these be booked at the same time as people buy their tickets,” says Natalie.

“There will also be lots of food on offer too—so while people taste some of our region’s best wines, they can grab a bite to eat from the Pialligo crew and sit and enjoy the atmosphere.”

And, perhaps, start to make plans to visit the homes of some of their favourite wines on a future road trip. Cheers to that.

the essentials

What: Rutherglen in the City Canberra
When: Sunday 18 August with two sessions to choose from: 10 am – 1 pm and 2 – 5 pm
Where: Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo
Cost: $35-40
Website: ruthergleninthecity.com.au/canberra

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