Four Wine Experiences to Try in Victoria’s High Country

November 09, 2020 By Broadsheet

Exceptional wine has always been a thing in Victoria’s High Country. With six varied wine regions (Rutherglen, King Valley, Beechworth, Glenrowan, Alpine Valleys and Upper Goulburn), the High Country is home to names such as Brown Brothers, Campbells and Pennyweight – viticultural powerhouses in Australia’s food and drink scene. But winemaking here isn’t just about the blockbusters.

The range of wines and wine experiences you can try in the High Country varies as much as its extraordinary geography – particularly in recent years. There are the bold, fruit-driven wines of Rutherglen; the classic Italian styles of the King Valley; and the alternative varieties fostered in the Alpine Valleys and the upper Broken River. In all, there are 96 wineries in the region, with many offering vineyard dining; tours and tastings; and cellar-door experiences.

“It’s such a terrific area,” says Sarah Pilgrim, from Tourism North East. “It’s that combination of the beautiful natural landscape, and the historic towns and villages. There’s so much to do, see, eat and drink.”

All Saints Estate Luxury Immersion

All Saints is Rutherglen winemaking royalty. Its 156-year history is encapsulated in its National Trust-listed castle-like property and enormous range of wines.
And the All Saints Estate Luxury Immersion is suitably lavish. Spend two nights at the beautiful French provincial-style tower apartment at Mount Ophir Estate – a spectacular early 20th-century property the winery took possession of in 2017. Other neat touches include luxury transfers in a 1973 Rolls Royce Corniche and a welcome phone call from All Saints owners the Brown family, during which either Nick, Eliza or Angela Brown will chat to you to better tailor certain elements of your stay (including a welcome bottle of wine).
Otherwise, there’s lunch at the winery’s award-winning Terrace Restaurant, a day spent in your gumboots with winemaker Nick blending and bottling your own wine, and dinner in town at Thousand Pound, their wine bar and wine store on Main Street in Rutherglen.
“It’s luxury in the traditional sense, but also in terms of that personalisation,” Pilgrim says. “It’s something that would be perfect for a wedding anniversary, gift or treat.”

The All Saints Estate Luxury Immersion package costs $2900 for two people for two nights. Book here.

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The complete All Saints Estate and St Leonards Vineyard wine selection is available online or at Cellar Door.

All Saints Estate open every day except Christmas Day from 10am.