Weekender Guide

How to spend 36 hours in Rutherglen

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 hope you find these insider tips helpful. We can't wait to see you.

Day 1

Get back to nature at St Leonards Vineyard

You've escaped the city and arrived at St Leonards Vineyard. It feels a world away with its relaxed ambience and proximity to nature. Here, you'll find majestic 100 year old gum trees, a natural lagoon in the Murray river home to diverse wildlife and flora, as well as extraordinary tales and winemaking history.

The St Leonards Vineyard Kitchen opens from 12 pm on weekends and serves a casual menu with a focus on local seasonal produce. If your visit falls on the first Saturday of the month, don't miss Music on the Murray, a popular live music event drawing in crowds from near and afar.

Check into dreamy accommodation at Mount Ophir Estate

After lunch, it's time to check into your accommodation. Mount Ophir is a historical country Estate (est 1981) set on 56 hectares of privately owned farm and vineyard, which now boasts some of the most unique and luxurious lodgings in Northeast Victoria. 

Cottages named Winemakers, Gatekeepers and Pickers nestled within the country landscape are suitably rustic chic, perfect for families. Then there's the French provincial 'Tower', an an idyllic couples retreat complete with 360-degree views, a spiral staircase and a marble bathroom. For larger groups (up to ten), the original Estate, the 'Residence' boasts a fully equipped country entertainers kitchen with views across the stunning Rutherglen plains.

Dinner at Thousand Pound Wine Bar

Where better to end the day than a wine bar where local winemakers meet.

Reinventing the grape genre, Thousand Pound tosses out stuffy pretences, blurring the boundaries between city and country. Here you can sip and swirl your way through the best wines the region has to offer or venture globally from your seat at the bar.

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.

Day 2

Pre-lunch Vine to Wine Tour

Make the most of those luxury linens with a sleep in. After checking out, it's time for some wine education and touring. March is the best of year for a behind the scenes look, as vintage is in full swing, and the vineyards and winery are humming with activity.

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 labour of love that went into building the Estate and surrounds. The final destination is our Great Hall; here, you'll have an exclusive space for your wine tasting.

Indulge in a one hat lunch at Terrace Restaurant

Terrace is a long standing culinary destination in North East Victoria, awarded one hat every year since 2013. Its open aired dining room is the perfect spot to while away an Autumn afternoon. Choose from a two or three course tasting menu with matching wines from All Saints Estate and St Leonards Vineyard.

Australian Gourmet Traveller summarises the experience and menu well "Tight service and Arkless' menuimpress. The meal might include estate-raised suckling pig teamed with quince aïoli, gnocchi tossed with garlic custard and grilled radicchio, or a superb spiced pumpkin and brown-butter tart."

Savour a cheese platter by The Duck Pond

Indigo Food Co. has fast become a favourite among locals and visitors alike. In its provender-style cheese-tasting room, you can choose your favourite cheeses as well as a wide selection of products, including cured meats, dips, relishes and olives. Create your own cheese platter or try one of ours, designed by Simon Arkless and the team at Terrace Restaurant.

A selection of wines from All Saints Estate and St Leonards Vineyard is also available for purchase to complete your cheese-and-wine indulgence.

Learn all about hand-crafted winemaking

For a full view of the action during vintage (February to April) and to see our much loved 1880s basket press, make sure you check out the Winery Viewing Area before you depart. Just ask our friendly Cellar Door or Indigo Food Co. staff for directions.

For a more immersive experience, 'Winemaker for a Day' is available from May to September. It's a half day commitment so be sure to book ahead!

Please enjoy Rutherglen safely with a designated driver. Local taxis are also available.