48 Hours in Rutherglen

Two days of wide-open spaces, country air, and a little wine.

All Saints Estate is located a stone's throw from the Murray River in the world-famous wine region of Rutherglen, three and a half hours drive from Melbourne.

Here there’s time to take your time. To taste history straight from century-old barrels and to travel down quiet country lanes. To take in the beauty of a wide, green and clean landscape and to wonder at a night sky that sparkles like diamonds.

We've created an itinerary for two winter days in the country. Everything here is included in our winter Fireside Escape Package, available midweek throughout August and September.

Welcome to Rutherglen

Check into dreamy accommodation at Mount Ophir Estate

You've spent the afternoon on the road and are feeling ready to check into your accommodation. Mount Ophir is a historical country Estate (est 1891) set on 56 hectares of privately owned farm and vineyard, which now boasts some of the most unique and luxurious lodgings in Northeast Victoria. 

Once you're settled, a bottle of wine awaits. Pour a glass, rug up, and go for a walk around the Estate to stretch your legs after being in the car.

Dinner at Thousand Pound Wine Bar

Thousand Pound tosses out stuffy pretenses, blurring the boundaries between city and country. Food is friendly and for sharing, like the smoked mozzarella with grilled broccolini, orange, chilli and garlic dressing. Or perhaps you'd prefer a steak, which is a speciality grilled over charcoal served with fries, watercress, mâche garnish, and a truffle dressing.

Open for dining on Fridays and Saturdays.

Day 1

Slow mornings

Make the most of those luxury linens with a sleep-in and start your morning slow with a light breakfast "at home". When staying with us at Mount Ophir Estate or Castleview Cottage, breakfast is included upon arrival and features a fresh loaf of local sourdough, butter, spreads, muesli, milk, tea and coffee.

Pre-lunch Vine to Wine Tour

It's time for some wine education and touring. Naturally, you'll be greeted with bubbles (it's almost midday!), and then you'll make your way guided through the beautifully manicured gardens as we share stories of the castle and grounds. See the original Chinese dormitories, heritage-listed icons offering insight into the labor of love that went into building the Estate and surrounds. The final destination is our Great Hall; here you'll take a look at our world of fortified wines. 

Indulge in a one hat lunch at Terrace Restaurant

Terrace Restaurant is a long-standing culinary destination in North East Victoria, awarded one hat every year since 2013. The menu changes frequently to reflect local and seasonal ingredients. With windows all around, sit and enjoy the vineyard view between courses.

Exclusive private tasting at the All Saints Family Cellar

From sparkling to fortified, your host will walk you through the All Saints Estate range during this exclusive private tasting. Held in either the Family Cellar or the Cellar Door's Private Dining Room, you'll have the chance to sit down and take your time, learning about the region sip by sip.

Evening by the fire

Back at the house, get the fire going - a relaxing dinner awaits. The Fireside Escape package includes another three-course meal catered by Thousand Pound, starting with fresh oysters and ending with cheese and quince. Protip: open a bottle of muscat to go with that cheddar - it's a match made in heaven.

Day 2

Get back to nature on the Murray River Trail

Whether you walk or cycle this trail, it will take you through beautiful old river gums, local vineyards as well as historic spots. Walking will take you approximately one and a half hours. The trail will wind through beautiful old gum trees and will eventually bring you to the Murray River - a great way to start your day and an even better way to end your trip.

Rutherglen Fireside Escape Package Rutherglen Fireside Escape Package

Rutherglen Fireside Escape Package

Two days of warm, wintry, relaxing food and wine bliss.