Country drives, open fireplaces...and a little wine.

Fireside Escape in Rutherglen

Escape the city this Winter to the smell of dew-drenched soil and the sound of crunchy icy grass underfoot. Let the sun thaw out your worries as you explore heritage-listed architecture and breathtaking casks halls while tasting of award-winning red and luscious fortified wines. This is your two-day itinerary for a soul-warming escape to Rutherglen. Bookings are recommended.

Fireside Accommodation at Mount Ophir Estate

Mount Ophir is a historical country Estate (est 1891) set on 56 hectares, which now boasts some of the most unique and luxurious lodgings in Northeast Victoria. Three of the six houses boast open fireplaces, including the Lodge (two bedrooms), the Gatehouse (four bedrooms and the Residence (six bedrooms).

Breathe in the fresh country and explore working farms and vineyards before cosying up to an open fire. In the morning, make the most of those luxury linens morning with a sleep-in. Then start your morning slow with a light breakfast ‘at home’, breakfast is included upon arrival.

Discover a Different Drop at St Leonards Vineyard

St Leonards Vineyard is our favourite cellar door hideaway located on a picturesque bend of the Murray River; just what you'll be wanting if you're escaping the city. Cellar Door opens every Saturday and Sunday and offers a modern elegant range of wines. The Kitchen, which opens at midday, offers casual fare focused on wine pairings. Visiting on the first Saturday of the month? Enjoy live entertainment at Music on the Murray, Rutherglen's favourite live music event.

Experience Barrel Hall Tastings at All Saints Estate

A trip to Rutherglen wouldn’t be complete without visiting the All Saints Estate Cellar Door. Enjoy the beautifully manicured gardens, heritage castle, and several barrel halls lined with giant sleeping fortified barrels. From textured whites to rare, handcrafted reds, and treasured fortifieds, there's a fine wine for every taste. If you're a true wine enthusiast, don't forget to ask about joining the All Saints Estate Wine Club, Wine Royalty.

Reconnect with Friends and Family at Bonnie

Bonnie is the new architecturally designed eatery at All Saints Estate, perfect for families and groups of friends. Choose from eight pizzas and a handful of salads, charcuterie and cheese platters. Lunch bookings are available Wednesday through Sunday or enjoy a cosy dinner Thursday to Saturday. The wine list includes modern and approachable varieties like Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Grenache and Shiraz.

'Sip' the Region From Your Bar Stool

If you're planning a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night out in Rutherglen town, don't miss city-meets-country Wine Bar & Store, Thousand Pound. Try the pan-fried Kefalotyri cheese with figs, smoked almond and vincotto, or the speciality steak grilled over charcoal and served with fries, watercress, mâché garnish and truffle dressing. The core of the wine list is local too, so it's an easy way to ‘taste the region’ without leaving your stool at the bar.

Winery Walkabout 11 - 12 June

During this iconic weekend, all the vineyards in the region are participating in wine tastings and activities. Enjoy the festivities at St Leonard's Vineyard and All Saints Estate.

ST LEONARDS VINEYARD

Sample the range including our deliciously dry but spicy aromatic rose or our lighter, and incredibly popular savoury Cabernet Franc. St Leonards Kitchen offers food that’s fun, produce driven and most importantly, made for wine. Follow us on Instagram for a pre–Winery Walkabout menu reveal. Try your hand at lawn games (Bocce, Finska, Jenga and Quoits), have a quiet groove on the grass, or do nothing! We won’t judge you; the river and gum views here call for relaxation.

ALL SAINTS ESTATE

Whether you’re a newbie or a connoisseur, All Saints Estate is the ultimate destination for wine lovers. From fresh, citrusy Prosecco, to our acclaimed 2018 Durif (95 points), enjoy complimentary Estate tastings by knowledgeable staff within the impressive All Saints Estate Castle Great Hall. Avoid the crowds and book in at Bonnie, our newly opened, architecturally designed eatery for woodfired artisan pizza (bookings essential). Alternatively, enjoy handheld casual winter fare from the fountain courtyard.

Get Back to Nature with a River Walk

When you're ready to burn off all that wine and food, we highly recommend a morning walk on the Murray River Trail. Located at the back of All Saints Estate (enter via Grantham's Bend), walk or cycle to Wahgunyah while taking in the beautiful old gum trees, wetlands and birdlife. Look closely and you might even see sheep grazing within the All Saints Estate Old Vines. A great way to start your day and an even better way to end your trip.