The Tastes of Rutherglen Festival is back for 2021 on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 March, with an array of wineries open for masterclasses, tastings, cellar door experiences and special events. It’s a must-see experience set amongst the spectacular wine region in Victoria, and only a 4-hour drive from Canberra.

With a varied itinerary of fun ways to experience the festival, we’ve made it simple by handpicking activities and cellar doors to attend that will have you occupied (and buzzed) throughout the entire day. Follow our guide effortlessly or choose a few that will suit your company best.

SATURDAY – 6 March

Buller Wines – 10am

Kick off the festival with fortified wine and gin masterclass with Buller Wines. Recently creating a new line of gin, the team have carefully crafted the drink to impeccably pair with their fortified wines. It’s truly a work of art and you’ll get to try for yourself. Roam through the century old winery and take up the chance of tasting Muscat straight from the barrel while learning aged-old tricks about winemaking techniques that date back to the 1920s.

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Lake Moodemere Estate – 12:30pm 

Next stop arrive at Lake Moodemere Estate’s cellar door, where great wines from the single vineyard are accompanied by lakeside views, a seasonal food menu and live jazz. By now you’ve earned some impeccable food to accompany the day. For lunch, try a dish from the intriguing menu designed with a wine tasting in mind. Some menu items to look forward to include:

  • Poached WA marron in brioche with season slaw, burnt butter and Muscat mayo, paired with a 2017 Unoaked Chardonnay.
  • Barbecued estate lamb with roasted cauliflower, preserved cherries and smoked almonds, paired with a 2016 Shiraz Cabernet.
  • Estate grown Moodemere honey and hand-picked Grenache Blanc. Moodemere trifle with honeycomb and Valrhona Chocolate, paired with 2019 Grenache Blanc and Muscat.
Olive Hills Estate – 3pm

From the wine connoisseur to the enthusiasts, Olive Hill Estate’s wine tasting masterclass will both educate and intrigue. Learn about tasting notes, techniques and flavours with the estate’s winemaker, Ross Perry as he takes visitors on a journey through a memorable experience of reds, whites, rose and fortified wines.

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De Bortoli Rutherglen Estate – 6:30pm

End the day of bespoke experiences on a high with a special event dinner hosted by De Bortoli Rutherglen Estate and indulge in canapés, a delicious three-course meal and of course, wine!

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SUNDAY – 7 March

Valhalla Wines – 10:30am

On day two it’s time to get your hands dirty and enter into a day in the life of a winemaker with Valhalla Wines owner Anton. Go behind the scenes of your favourite drops and uncover the hard work that goes into making each bottle so special. Witness bubbling ferments and experience crushing, pressing and plunging of the newly picked vintage.

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Scion – 12:00pm

It’s lunch as you’ve never experienced it before. Join Scion’s cellar door for a tasty food and wine pairings and even wine cocktails, with a live DJ. The menu features:

  • Baby squid, yuzu miso aioli and apple, fennel and mind salad, paired with Scion rose.
  • Slow-roasted Vietnamese pork belly with crispy crackling, caramelised rhubarb, vermicelli and salad herbs, paired with Scion Daylight red.
  • Slow-cooked master stock duck tacos, paired with Scion Fortrose red.


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Jones Winery and Vineyard – 3pm

Join Jones Winery and experience how food can change the flavour profile of a wine. Expect to be amazed!

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All Saints Estate – 7pm

End your wine tasting weekend with a magical dinner in the vines with All Saints Estate. Set amongst the rose garden enjoy an exquisite menu by one hatted Terrace Restaurant matched with All Saints Estate and St Leonards Vineyard wines, ending the whole weekend on a high.

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For the full festival brochure and all bookings head to Tastes of Rutherglen’s Website.