Lilliput Wines is the smallest working winery in the Rutherglen region. The Bordeaux dominant vineyard is planted with the classic French varieties : Merlot, Cabernet, Petit Verdot, there is also Syrah and Viognier to add the Rhone flavour. Lilliput Wines' low input organic viticulture philosophy and 'laissez a faire' approach is central to our style of wine; natural balance and optimal flavours, colour and longevity. The Estate grown grapes from their vineyards are hand made into wine on site in the traditional way of making good wines. Lilliput wines is registered land for wildlife property.
Rutherglen Estates aims to redefine the traditions of the world's best fortified producing region, by creating premium table wines based on traditional, Mediterranean and alternative varietals. Their wine range is therefore inspired by the region's traditional styles and reflects its climatic suitability for growing the classic white and red grape varieties of France's Rhone Valley and Italy. These wines are produced entirely from fruit grown on Rutherglen Estates Vineyards, with professional winemaking and viticultural teams using a combination of traditional and modern, cutting edge methods to deliver an innovative range of top quality premium wines. The historic cellar door building was originally built as cellars in 1886, and today is home to Tuileries restaurant and café, luxury accommodation, conference facilities, as well as Rutherglen Estates Cellar Door. It is located in the centre of Rutherglen on Drummond Street. Rutherglen Estates is internationally celebrated for producing inspired varietals and blends from Viognier, Marsanne, Fiano, Savagnin, Shiraz, Sangiovese, Mourvedre, Grenache and Durif. Wines are available in Australia directly from their Cellar Door, online or through selected retail outlets and restaurants in Australia.
Scion is a dynamic and creative boutique wine business established in Rutherglen, North East Victoria. Specialising in Muscat and Durif and producing high quality wines from grape varieties that have been traditionally grown in Rutherglen for many years. However the wine styles are distinctly Scion, and are by no means traditional in appeal. This wonderfully historic and rustic wine region and has a long history of family wine business. A scion of this history, namely pioneering Rutherglen vigneron (1859) GF Morris, is Scion Vineyard. In 2002, inspired great-great granddaughter Jan Milhinch and son Rowly began to write a new chapter in Rutherglen's wine history by establishing Scion Vineyard from bare earth. Since planting in 2002, Scion has won trophies and gold medals with their hand-crafted wines including Best Australian Durif awarded at the 2010 Rutherglen Wine Show and Best Fortified for 2010 as described by Jeni Port with their Sweet Durif. They have developed innovative styles using the famous Muscat grape variety, including the delicate Rose Muscat dessert wine, a dry aromatic Orange Muscat Rosé and drier aperitif fortified wine, a vintage Brown Muscat. At cellar door tasting Scion's hand crafted wines is personal, relaxed and celebrates everything that a boutique winery represents. Drop in, Jan and Rowly would love to meet you! You may also visit Scion Vineyard online, or find them on Facebook or follow on Twitter.
Campbells Wines, with 140 years of tradition, passion and experience all combine to capture the full flavours of Rutherglen. Their wines spring from the unique qualities of the Rutherglen Wine Region, five generations of knowledge and a dedication to innovation. Campbells Wines have a hands on approach and an uncompromising commitment to quality. Great wine takes time, so come and join them on a great journey and discover the secret of Campbells Wines. Their cellar door provides an insight into the Campbells Wines long and proud history of their family and their commitment to the future. Magnificent century old barrels house the famous Rutherglen Muscats and Topaques, their rich ethereal aromas creating a sense of the past; while rows of new oak barrels and modern winemaking equipment confirms their commitment to innovation, and the production of quality table wines. Experience hand crafted wines from fine Riedel glassware accompanied by local cheese and olives to cleanse the palate. Enjoy fresh new varietals, full bodied Rutherglen Shiraz and Durif, back vintage wines, and finish with Muscats and Topaques for which Rutherglen is renowned the world over. There is much to see and do, so come spend some time with Campbells Wines and share a glass of wine and enjoy a Hamper Box filled with a delicious selection of regional cheeses, charcuterie, Gooramadda olives, English crackers, Jim Jam quince paste, Gundowring ice cream and more. They look forward to welcoming you to their 'home' soon.
Lake Moodemere Vineyards is owned and operated by sixth generation winemaker, Michael Chambers, and his wife, Belinda. The select range of Estate wines is produced with fruit from the 'Lakeside' vineyard, established in 1886. The range includes the legendary "refreshing yet decadent" Biancone, and the Shiraz and Cinsaut hand crafted from vine to bottle working together in good humour. The cellar door is located in the heritage homestead overlooking the untouched beauty of Lake Moodemere. For further information please visit Lake Moodemere Vineyards website.
Wine making is all about knowing what you are working with. Arthur and Mandy Jones at Jones Winery & Vineyard in Rutherglen let the grapes do the talking. This brother and sister team are passionate about the land and products they produce from it. Their tiny boutique winery has a multitude of things going for it; international expertise, (Mandy spent 14 years working in Bordeaux), 110 year old dry land vineyard, a charming old brick barn with a bark-lined ceiling and century old fermenting vats. Not forgetting their delightful French themed Cafe. Established in 1860 Jones Winery & Vineyard was acquired by the Jones family in 1927. With a real sense of belonging to the land along with that special feeling of working in the same place as their grandfather and grandmother their wines reflect not only their experiences but that of their past... elegant table wines and some new styled fortifieds are features. Jones Winery & Vineyard wines are produced entirely from estate grown fruit. These wines include their highly acclaimed 'LJ', made from old vine shiraz and grenache, marsanne, malbec and durif as well as fortifieds such as their unique 'Apero' and 'Classic Muscat'. Jones The Winemaker wines are made from grapes grown by specially selected growers. Adjoining the cellar door, the café serves food themed on those wonderful simple dishes found in french cafés. Using seasonal local ingredients they serve dishes such as boeuf bourgignon, croque monsieur and Crème Caramel. The café offers you the chance to relax and enjoy handcrafted wines accompanied by classic food prepared by chef Kate Akrap. When he is not running around the vineyard Arthur is running after his grass fed Murray Greys. Other attractions include Helen Hay's garden art, sculptures made from recycled farm implements.
The Wicked Virgin and Calico Town Wines are located at Rutherglen, just two kilometres from the Rutherglen Post Office. Take the opportunity to visit and taste Extra Virgin Olive Oils, Olives,Tapenades and Calico Town Wines. Their Cellar Door is ideally situated to relax with grand coffee and homemade cakes or enjoy a delicious, leisurely lunch outdoors on warmer days, or inside with the pot belly stove to keep you snug. Olives and grapes are grown and processed on the property. Grapes are harvested by hand toward the end of summer; a pleasant and very sociable experience for all. Wine making happens right here which is an exciting and busy time. The olive picking season starts in late April and runs through the early part of winter. Table olives are hand picked to keep the fruit undamaged. Olives for Extra Virgin Olive Oil are picked processed within an hour.
Stanton and Killeen Wines is one of Rutherglen’s premier wine destinations with over 140 years of providing an exceptional cellar door and tasting experience. A seven generation family business, S&K offer the best of both traditional and contemporary styles of wine. You can enjoy an extensive range of award winning and luscious fortifieds as well as some of Australia’s iconic vintage port, produced by the late Christopher Killeen. Varieties grown include the traditional Rutherglen varieties of Shiraz, Durif, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Muscat, Muscadelle as well as Portuguese varieties used mainly for our iconic vintage fortifieds, including Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Nacional and Souzão.
Stanton and Killeen have a large and lush lawn area perfect to share a picnic with family, friends and your favourite pets. They are dog friendly and can provide BBQ facilities upon request. Book in for a tour to walk amongst the historic barrel room and perhaps even see their winemaker in action! S&K also specialise in bulk fortified wine and sell personal oak barrels ranging in size from 10L to 23L with ongoing support to maintain your own, unique blend. The family and staff pride themselves on friendly, warm customer service so come by for a chat, tasting and a tour of one of the region’s oldest wineries.
First established by William Chambers in 1858, the Chambers family has been making wine at Rosewood for over six generations. Bill Chambers and son Stephen, head up the winemaking team at Chambers Rosewood at Rutherglen in Victoria's for their highly prized Muscats, Tokays and fortified wines. The "Rare" fortified wines are nothing less than national treasures, with famed wine writer Robert Parker writing "these are some of the world's most remarkable dessert wines." and regularly rewarding them with perfect scores of 100 points. Now celebrating more than 150 years since settling in Rutherglen, the family still operates from the original site. The laconic Bill Chambers is often to be found at the cellar door over the weekends but it is his son Stephen who now makes the wine. Stephen took over the winemaking function in 2001 and is Rosewood's 6th generation. The first thing you notice on arriving is the impressive array of bottles on the tasting bar, with more than 30 different wines, including many lesser-known wines such as Muscadelle, Blue Imperial and Chasselas in the line up. Look out for a particularly interesting variety called Gouais which is a parent plant of Chardonnay. Rosewood's gnarled old low-yielding vines, many of which are more than 100 years old, yield fruit brimming with highly concentrated flavours for their world renowned Muscat, Tokay and Port styles. This small winery is truly a treasure trove and not to be missed.
Situated in the wine growing region of Rutherglen, Renaissance Chocolates and Renaissance Farm Bed and Breakfast offers a unique chocolate experience in a wonderful country atmosphere. Visit the Couverture Room at Renaissance Chocolates to share in Robyn and Neil's chocolate passion, view the handmade process and experience the aroma and taste of unique, quality artisan chocolates. You can then individually select a gift for friends or yourself from the wide range of handmade pralines and Rutherglen Wine Truffles. The Rutherglen Wine Truffles and Pralines are handmade using the finest Belgian Couverture, famous Rutherglen fortified and sparkling wines, and locally sourced pure cream, honey, nuts and fruits. The range of six truffles are blended with Muscat, Tokay, Tawny, Sweet Durif, Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay and Sparkling Shiraz all sourced from local wineries. A further selection of over 25 handmade pralines and luscious caramels are available to delight you. Each season a special 'Chocolate Makers treat' is released which can only be purchased at the Couverture Room. You can also browse a small gift range and a supply of local preserves. Robyn and Neil Funstons' 'Renaissance' is expressed in their handmade chocolates, a revival in their lives and business ambitions. Enjoy their passion!
Howard Anderson established Anderson Winery in 1993, after notching up 30 years experience in the industry - including 15 years as Winemaker at Seppelt Great Western. In 2005 he was joined by his daughter Christobelle, who had completed a Winemaking degree in Adelaide, and worked for wineries in several regions in France. Howard & Christobelle are unashamed perfectionists and take a "no compromise" approach to everything from the vineyard, to winemaking, to customer service. All wines are made on site, entirely by Howard and Christobelle. Their eight hectare vineyard is planted on Rutherglen's traditional Buckshot clay soil, and is non-irrigated which ensures a low yield of intensely flavoured grapes. Traditional, labour intensive methods including hand harvesting, basket pressing and minimal additives are used alongside modern knowledge to ensure maximum wine quality. They specialise in full bodied reds (particularly Shiraz, Durif and Petit verdot) with intense inky colour, full rich mouthfilling fruit, and big soft tannins so that they are approachable when young, but will richly reward those who choose to cellar them. The other house specialty is traditionally made white and red sparkling wines. Like the great vintage wines of Champagne, they cellar all their sparklings on yeast lees in the bottle for several years before disgorgement (removal of the yeast) and release, which gives them an extra dimension of complexity, and a lovely smooth, creamy texture.
Jones Winery & Vineyard Cafe is the perfect place to enjoy fine French themed dishes matched to their hand crafted wines whilst looking over the vineyard and soaking up the history and atmosphere of the heritage listed cellar door.
Think of those wonderful, simple dishes found in French cafés. Depending on the season they serve dishes such as French onion soup, boeuf bourgignon, croque monsieur and goat's cheese salad.
Owner and winemaker Mandy Jones spent 14 years in France and managed to fit in gastronomic studies at Le Cordon Bleu amongst wine making duties, hence the French theme.
Head chef at Jones Cafe, Kate Akrap, has a wealth of experience, having worked with Peter Weir at Beaumonts and Cath Claringbold at Meccabar. Kate lends a light touch to traditional French recipes and focuses on local, seasonal produce when creating the frequently updated menu.
Open for lunch on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, they also serve coffee and cake for morning tea or late afternoon nibbles on these days. Visit their website to book online.
Jones Winery & Vineyard Cafe is also the perfect place for your private function, be it a memorable wedding, special birthday or corporate function.
Morris Wines in located in Rutherglen in Victoria's North East.
Since 1859, five generations of Morris family winemakers have been producing world class fortified and red table wines led Muscat and Durif, a unique variety pioneered by fourth generation winemaker Mick Morris.
Today, 5th generation family winemaker David Morris continues the to build on the legacy left by his forbears. His Estate grown wines are all handcrafted from hand-picked grapes off old dry grown vineyards and traditional winemaking techniques employed to produce wine of outstanding regional character.
Already one of Australia's most highly awarded winemakers, (over 4,250 since DAvid toook the reins in 1993) Morris Wines continues to be awarded Trophies, medals and outstanding reviews both in Australia and Internationally. Recent awards include the Trophies for the 'Best Fortified Muscat' at the 2013 International Wine Competition in London together with four gold medals at the same event and two gold medals at the 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards.
Visitors are welcome at the historic winery where guests 18 years of age and over can taste the full range of wines on offer. Wines may be purchased and can be couriered to your door for a nominal fee. Within Australia only.
Barbecue facilities are available for those who would like to stop and enjoy the ambience of the vineyards. Please contact Morris Wines for further information.