"Great wine drives: Rutherglen"

"Just a short spin outside of Melbourne lies the historic region of Rutherglen on the banks of the mighty Murray River. With this two-day itinerary you can explore the wineries behind the famous fortifieds and cutting-edge reds"...

..."Whiz past All Saints and head to the St Leonards winery (St Leonards Rd, Wahgunyah, 02 6033 1004). I’m biased towards St Leonards because it’s one of the places that made me fall in love with wine. It’s the atmosphere here as much as anything: a lagoon of the Murray River within stone’s throw; gum trees and birds; an old winery with more than a whiff of authenticity to it. St Leonards and All Saints share the same owners but each spot has a charmingly unique and alluring character to it.

And indeed, a visit to the castle-like All Saints Estate (All Saints Road, Wahgunyah, 02 6035 2222) is now essential. It’s been a long, hard road but the table wines at All Saints are the best they’ve been in a very long time, particularly the marsanne and premium reds. All the All Saints wines have been made off-site until recently, and since some of them have come back home, the quality has leapt. This place can get very busy so pre-book a table at The Terrace restaurant for lunch and settle in for a full tasting beforehand. There is a beautiful cheese room on site too – perfect for  an after-lunch indulgence, perhaps."

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Gourmet Traveller Wine, Campbell Mattinson, August/September 2011