Taste of Rutherglen
Well Cazz is still here visiting, and this morning (Saturday), being a lovely bright sunny day suggested that we grab Pauline (my sister) and head off to Rutherglen to grab a few rather YUMMY award winning Parker Pies. Unbeknown to us at the time, it turned out to be the "The Taste of Rutherglen" weekend, so naturally after purchasing our pies, we then had to participate in the "walk-about". First off we have to purchase our "walk-about" wine glasses @$10ea which gave us access to all tastings at the 21 Vineyards participating. So sit back, grab a chardie (wine) and join us on tour. You can click on the links to read more info at each destination.
1st stop - Lake Moodemere Vineyard: Lake Moodemere Vineyards was established in 1886, is nestled on the banks of Lake Moodemere, Rutherglen. Sixth generation winemaker, Michael Chambers, produces wine entirely with grapes harvested from the Lake Moodemere Vineyards which have a history of producing grapes of the highest quality. We have utilised the very best selection of our friut to ensure our wines live up to this history.
The entrance to the tastings and sale office
Pauline and myself having our first taste of the day.
From our table above, this is the view that we had, a very picturesque, and tranquil setting on Lake Moodemere.
Our 2nd stop - Jones Winery & Vineyard : Is a unique Rutherglen experience. An integral part of the region's heritage, the winery was established in 1860, purchased by the Jones family in 1927 and has been continously operated by successive generations of Jones family since. The legacy extends to the vineyard where entire blocks of old vine have been preserved, making the winery one of only a few in Australia to produce wine from vines planted more than 100 years ago.
The entrance to the cellar door.
This cellar had a very rustic feel and appearance. Look at the walls and ceilings.
We even have old tree trunks, holding up the ceilings above the bar.
3rd stop - Tanton & Killeen Wines: In 1855 Timothy Stanton abandoned his occupation as a mechanic in West Suffolk, England and brought his family to Australia in search of gold. In 1864 together with his son John Lewis Stanton, Timothy purchased land at Rutherglen in North East Victoria immediatley establishing a farm and vineyard. By 1875 the Stantons were well established as successful Rutherglen vignerons. Timothy's grandson John Richard Stanton continued to improve and expand the business and by the 1920's had established the magnificent "Park View" vineyard and winery.
The entrance to the cellar door and tasting and Stanton.
This time I caught Cazz and Pauline having a little tipple !!
4th stop: Campbells Winery: The Campbell family winemaking heritage began in 1870, when Scotsman, John Campbell vintaged his first wine from his " Bobbie Burns" vineyard. The venture prospered and by 1885 he had 15 hectares planted to vines.
A few of the barrels containing the next batch of award winning reds.
These barrels of Muscat are at the entrance to the tasting area.
5th and final stop of the day ... oh how time flys: Buller Winery : Our Calliope vineyard in Rutherglen was founded in 1921 and is today the site of our cellar door, head office and the home of family matriarch, Valerie Buller. A unique feature here is the bird wildlife refuge.
Ahhhh, Pauline and myself taking the weight off our feet, but still with our glasses in hand !!
Outside in the extensive grounds, hay bales, umbrella's, live music, food and more wine .. what more could you ask for to the ending of a perfect day
Pauline, rosie cheeked, with her purchase of the day, a flagon of Buller Torkay.
The Taste of Rutherglen is held over 2 days being Saturday and Sunday, live music, meals and or grazing platters ( a variety of dips, cheeses, breads, antipesto's) are available at most Wineries. There are bus services that run between the wineries and arrive/leave at 20min intervals and can be booked at our local tourism office. Next year we have decided thats the way to do it. It would be a great achievement to make all 21 Wineries.
Hope you all enjoyed your day with us, thanks for coming along
Jen, Pauline & Cazz
Labels: Tour - Winery