Tastes of Rutherglen to return in March 2023

Tastes of Rutherglen to return in March 2023

The Winemakers of Rutherglen’s annual Tastes of Rutherglen festival will return on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 March 2023 (Labour Day long weekend) to showcase the region’s award-winning wines, produce and cuisine.

17 Rutherglen wineries will open their cellar doors and invite visitors to the tasting table; to sip and savour their way around the entire region all weekend long.

With more than 200 wines to taste, curated menus at each winery, 11 masterclasses to attend, plus a series of special events, Tastes of Rutherglen offers visitors the unique chance to speak to the region’s winemakers directly; connecting wine lovers’ curiosity with winemakers’ craft.

Highlights on the 2023 program include:

Friday 10 March

Sundowners at Scion – 4 pm to 8 pm: Kickstart the festival weekend with cocktails and handmade wines among the
gums at one of Rutherglen’s most innovative and contemporary wineries. Enjoy Spanish tapas boxes by Beechworth taste-trekker and chef Sally Lynch.

Three Chain Road Prohibition Degustation at Buller Wines – from 6 pm: Be transported to the roaring 1920s with a
gin and botanical-inspired five course degustation at The Pavilion Restaurant that overlooks a 100-year-old vineyard. The degustation features the critically acclaimed Three Chain Road Gin thoughtfully paired with local seasonal produce. Prohibition dress optional.

Harvest Celebration Dinner at Campbells Wines – 6 pm to 10 pm: Join the Campbell family for an evening of indulgent dining and live music, highlighted by an incredible menu from Grace Bar + Eatery paired with a carefully curated selection of Campbells wines.

Saturday 11 March – Day

Sustainable Winemaking Masterclass at Lake Moodemere Estate – 10:30 am & 3 pm (also on Sunday): Take a seat at the Vigneron’s table with Lake Moodemere’s father/son team. Sixth generation winemaker Michael Chambers along with Joel Chambers (seventh generation) will share their passion for shaping the future of winemaking in Rutherglen. Taste multiple vintages and explore how their unique terroir, seasonal changes and sustainable management practices take the wines from soil; to vine; to glass.

Into the Darkness Masterclass at Cofield Wines – 11 am (also on Sunday): Heighten your senses and experience a wine tasting like never before. Use all your senses (besides sight) in this sensory blindfolded wine tasting. Enjoy multiple wines with matched food.

Du Cluse Masterclass at Olive Hills Estate – 2 pm, 3 pm & 4 pm (also on Sunday): Let winemaker Ross Perry guide you through three different vintages of Olive Hill Estate’s renowned du Cluse wine style and compare the difference. As a non-irrigated vineyard, each year produces a unique and interesting wine.

Saturday 11 March – Night

Sunset Wine Down at Pfeiffer Wines – 5 pm to 8 pm: Bring a picnic rug and find a spot within Pfeiffer Wines’ picturesque grounds to relax and unwind. Listen to live music while feasting on lamb barbacoa tacos and sipping on wine cocktails or wines by the glass or bottle.

Dinner at Jones Winery & Vineyard – 5:45pm & 8pm: Savour the French flair and fare with dinner at Jones Winery Restaurant. Enjoy chef Briony Bradford’s a la carte menu with a selection of Jones wines.

The Riches of Rutherglen Winemakers Dinner at De Bortoli Rutherglen Estate – from 6 pm: Allow the masterful chefs at Tuileries Rutherglen and winemakers at De Bortoli Rutherglen Estate take your taste buds on a guided tour of the beloved Rutherglen region. Enjoy their textural whites and world renowned bold reds alongside a decadent four-course menu.

Sunday 12 March

Wine & Macaron Masterclass at John Gehrig Wines – all day (also on Saturday): Taste, devour, debate and savour a
series of sweet meringue macarons to discover which flavour profiles matches which John Gehrig wine per person.

The Second Annual Dog Athletics at Stanton & Killeen Wines – 2 pm (also on Saturday): Bring your furry friend and
test their skills in a series of tasks to suit dogs of all sizes. On Saturday, test your pooch in the highly anticipated ‘Doggy High Jump’ competition. Then come Sunday, pooches will strut their stuff in ‘Poochy Fashion in the Vines.’ There will be prizes for the winners and all money raised will go to Albury Wodonga Animal Rescue.

Dinner in the Vines at All Saints Estate – 7 pm: A spectacular, yearly, must-do event on the Tastes of Rutherglen calendar. Dinner in the Vines sees guests dine under starry festoon-lit tables nestled between the vineyards and the Estate’s iconic castle. The menu will be presented by All Saints’ new destination restaurant KIN with matched wines from winemaker Nick Brown’s personal cellar.

Tastes of Rutherglen festival admission tickets include access to all 17 wineries for the two days, a tasting glass to keep and on-site entertainment at each winery. Designated drivers receive free entry as well as tea, coffee and soft drink vouchers.

Tastes of Rutherglen tickets, masterclasses and special events can be booked here. Tickets go on sale from Friday 16 December.

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