Rutherglen Winters. Rich Reds & Roaring Fires

Cosy winter weekends

For some of us, winter is our favourite time of the year. It is a time to revel in the briskness of whatever the weather gods throw at us. It is also the perfect opportunity to bask in the warmth of a well-stoked open fire, complete with a Rutherglen red in hand and a hearty winter dish on order.

There are a number of welcoming cellar doors in the Rutherglen wine region that will have their fires stoked this winter waiting for you to visit. In particular, an afternoon at Jones Winery Restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy fine French-inspired food matched with their award-winning, handcrafted wines. You may meet the Jones’ family resident British Bulldogs, Rosie and Sherry, cosying up to the warmth of the fire!

The Lakeside Restaurant at Lake Moodemere Estate also boasts a welcoming open fire. Executive chef, Jarrod Smith, utilises lamb born and bred on the Chambers’ family property in his Mediterranean-inspired dishes made with produce sourced locally. Taste Estate grown, single-vineyard wines in the cellar door before settling in for a long lunch.

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Snuggle up

It wouldn’t be winter without enjoying a Bobbie Burns Shiraz from Campbell’s Wines. At Campbell’s cellar door, you will receive a warm welcome and an invitation to try their award-winning wines, including muscats and topaques. Side up to the open fire, and contemplate which dozen or half dozen to take home and savour.

Just around the corner a short hop, skip and jump away, you will find Andrew Buller Wines cellar door in the beautiful, century-old Cannobie Homestead. A property of this kind would not be complete without an open fire; it is how the pioneers of the district braced themselves over the winter months. At Andrew Buller Wines, the open fire is in the cellar door meaning you can taste and explore the full range of estate-grown wines basking in the warmth.

Valhalla Wines’ straw bale winery also boasts a freestanding cast iron fire which you can enjoy while tasting one of owner, vigneron and winemaker, Anton Therkildsen’s premium wines. Valhalla Wines is located ten minutes drive from Rutherglen on the All Saints Road.

However, you like to pass the winter months, make sure you head to Rutherglen – the perfect match for your winter wanderings.


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Rutherglen Caravan & Tourist Park

Rutherglen Caravan Park is set on three acres of land and is surrounded by sporting and recreational facilities. The park boasts 11 self-contained cabins, 31 powered caravan sites, 40 non-powered camping sites, centrally located amenities block, disabled…

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There are so many things to do, events to enjoy, and ways to explore Rutherglen, whether imbibing some of the world’s best fortifieds along the Muscat Mile or cheering on the rowers at Australia’s oldest regatta. See below to discover it all.

Anderson Winery

Howard Anderson established Anderson Winery in 1993, after 30 years experience in the industry – including 15 years as winemaker…

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Olive Hills Estate

Olive Hills Estate is a boutique winery owned and operated by the Perry family and situated in historical 1886 cellars.…

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Lake Moodemere Estate and Lakeside Restaurant

North East Victoria’s first and only Certified Sustainable Vineyard, and one of Australia’s Top 50 Vineyards. Lake Moodemere Estate is…

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Buller Wines

The Five Star James Halliday Winery is world renowned for fortified wines produced using the Solera System. Testament to the…

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All Saints Estate

One of Australia’s oldest wineries, All Saints Estate was established in 1864. The family-owned Estate is located on the banks…

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De Bortoli Rutherglen Estate

The landmark, historic building was originally built as cellars by Seppelt’s Wines, in 1886. It now houses the De Bortoli…

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St Leonards Vineyard

Established in 1860, St Leonards Vineyard is a hideaway for wine and food lovers, on a picturesque bend of the…

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John Gehrig Wines

If you love a small winery which has loads of history then John Gehrig Wines is for you. Operated and…

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Stanton & Killeen Wines

Stanton and Killeen Wines is enriched by 148-year history, family and their home in Rutherglen. They focus on the sustainability…

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Campbells Wines of Rutherglen

At Campbells visitors can enjoy the distinctive wines of Rutherglen resulting from five generations of tradition, experience and a dedication…

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Pfeiffer Wines

Are you looking for a place where you can immerse yourself in nature and simply enjoy the sound of silence,…

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Jones Winery Restaurant

Jones Winery Restaurant in Rutherglen is one of the North East Victoria’s highly rated restaurants. Briony Bradford’s cooking for the…

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Pedal to Produce - Chambers Rosewood Winery

Chambers Rosewood Vineyards

Honest Wines With a Sense of Place. First established by William Chambers in 1858, the Chambers family has been making…

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Scion is a progressive Rutherglen winery offering a modern spin on the region’s traditional grape varietals. Expect Durif redesigned and…

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Jones Winery, Vineyard and Restaurant

On Jones Road, Rutherglen, the Jones family traditions of grape growing, winemaking and cooking have been kept alive for six…

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Cofield Wines

Cofield Wines is a boutique, family owned and operated winery, located in the heart of the Rutherglen wine district. The…

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Warrabilla Wines

Warrabilla Wines is the home of opulent red wines in North East Victoria. The cellar door, located just 12 minutes…

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Morris Wines of Rutherglen

Located in the Victorian North East Rutherglen wine region, nestled down a long driveway flanked by aged vines, you will…

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James & Co. Wines

Explore the unexpected at James & Co. Wines, Rutherglen’s exclusive cellar door nestled in the heart of Main Street. For…

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