Tastes of Rutherglen – March 7 & 8, 2015



March 7 & 8, 2015
Rutherglen | North East Victoria
Rutherglen’s premiere wine and gourmet food festival!

Set over two fantastic days in March, Rutherglen hosts Tastes of Rutherglen – where leading regional chefs and local winemakers partner in the ultimate progressive lunch. The ever-popular festival promises to be the best yet as seventeen distinctive wineries host a fabulous food and wine weekend on March 7 & 8, 2015.

Festival-goers can indulge in perfectly matched food and wine combinations as each winery offers a signature dish by a regional chef, perfectly matched to the best wines of Rutherglen.

How does Tastes of Rutherglen work?

Great value “all inclusive” Tastes Packs are available for pre-purchase or on the weekend, and are also designed to make festival navigating simple and easy. Guests simply pre-purchase a “pack”, online or on the day, at the participating wineries or at the Welcome Marquee at the Rutherglen Wine Experience building and let the indulgence begin!

Tastes Packs for wine drinkers are only $50 and include an official Tastes of Rutherglen wine glass plus two tickets (each redeemable for an entree and matched wine or an “activity” and wine at the winery of choice), a bottle of water and souvenir carry bag. Or for Designated Drivers, packs (sans wine glass!) are just $40, and include a reusable water bottle as well as tea and coffee vouchers. Event shuttle tickets are available for $25 per day and allow for unlimited navigation between all seventeen wineries. Additional entree and activity tickets are just $20 each and an additional wine glass is $15, both available at any winery

Tastes of Rutherglen Touring Routes

Each of the three shuttle routes are grouped by location. Visit each winery on the bus routes or go your own way by car or bicycle for a Taste experience extraordinaire!:

Route A
Chambers Rosewood Winery, Pfeiffer Wines, Cofield Wines, Valhalla Wines, All Saints Estate, St Leonard Vineyard

Route B
John Gehrig Wines, Morris Wines, Scion Vineyard, Jones Winery and Vineyard, Anderson Winery

Route C
Rutherglen Estates, Stanton & Killeen Wines, Campbells Wines, Buller Wines, Lake Moodemere Vineyards, Warrabilla Wines

Over both days, a range of events will take place at wineries including sublime wine dinners, masterclasses, dinners under the stars, live bands and much more! There is fun for the whole family, with plenty of wineries offering children’s entertainment.

Here are just a few of the highlights:

Food and wine combos: 

Stanton & Killeen Wines + Cafe Victor : Delightfully slow cooked lamb with ancient grain salad featuring fresh, quinoa, chickpeas, hazelnuts, almonds, pomegranate dressing served with labneh
Wine match: Stanton & Killeen New Release 2013 Durif

Warrabilla Wines + Gavin of Taste @ Rutherglen: Confit of Duck served with nashi pear, pickled walnut, rocket and vincotto
Wine match: Warrabilla 2008 Reserve Shiraz

Activities on offer:

Rutherglen Estates “Chocolate Matching Masterclass” -Join Rutherglen Estates and Renaissance Chocolates to sample both wine and chocolates and to learn how to match them for maximum enjoyment.
Saturday 7 March 3:00pm – 4:00pm (bookings required).

Chambers Rosewood WineryGo “Out the Back” with the legendary Bill Chambers OAM and his brother Jim for a look at some back vintages! On all weekend, $5 refundable on wine purchases.

Cellar Door Entertainment includes:

Valhalla Wines – Graveyard “Unplugged” will bring the best bits of vinyl record collections to life with trombone, piano, accordion, ukuleles, percussion, and guitar. The eclectic collection of classic hits is funky, funny, and fantastic! Both Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 March

Buller Wines – Relax and enjoy or get up and dance to the very versatile Maurice Milani and the Rumour.

Special Evening Functions include:

All Saints Estates – Twilight Dinner in the Vines– Surrounded by spectacular gardens overlooking the vineyards, indulge in a degustation designed by one hat Terrace restaurant chef Simon Arkless and matched to All Saints and St Leonards wines. Eat, drink and be merry in the company of the Brown family! Sunday, 8 March, 6:30pm. Bookings essential.

Jones Winery and Vineyard Producers Dinner – Indulge in a local producer’s banquet prepared by Chef Kate Akrap, as she showcases the best of the region in a four course dinner menu. Saturday 7 March, 7pm. Bookings essential.

Cofield Wines – Silver Anniversary Dinner – Celebrate the 25th Anniversary with the Cofield family! Enjoy six indulgent courses matched to Cofield premium wines while dancing the night away to live music. Saturday 8 March, 6:30pm. Bookings essential.


Transport is easy over the two days thanks to the TAC Winery Shuttle Bus which circles between all 17 wineries, and festival-goers can hop on and off as they like in this safe and hassle-free way to tour the wineries ($25 per day). Shuttle riders can also take advantage of the free wine check-in service, too.

There is also a regional shuttle option with pick-up and drop-off also available in Wagunyah, Corowa, Albury, Wodonga, Howlong, Mulwala, Bundalong, Chiltern, Wangaratta and Yarrawonga ($35 per day, pre-bookings online). A Designated Driver Reward Campaign, also sponsored by TAC, operates all weekend with information available at participating wineries.

How to book

For more information, a copy of the Tastes of Rutherglen program, or to purchase Tastes Packs call 1800 622 871. Or visit www.winemakers.com.au. All packs and bus tickets can be purchased online.