"Knocking on Cellar Doors - Getting fortifed in scenic Rutherglen"

"Take a trip out of town and spend this weekend getting to know the winemakers of Rutherglen.

When it comes to wine regions in Victoria, we really are spoilt for choice. We’ve got Red Hill, the Mornington Peninsula, and out to The Pyrenees all so close to Melbourne. So why should we drive the extra two hours to a little town near Albury Wondonga? For the sweet fortifieds, full bodied reds and to meet the people who make this wine.

Rutherglen is one of the oldest wine regions in Victoria and what sets it apart is the family businesses. Most of the wineries are family owned and operated, and more often than not you’ll find the man at the cellar door’s name matches that on the bottle of wine. These are third, fourth and even sixth generation winemakers who’ve grown up with wine in their blood. We spent a weekend sampling their produce and found a contagious energy rooted in history that’s running through town and out through their cellar doors.

All Saints Winery

It’s hard not to be impressed by the All Saints winery. A long drive up the oak tree lined driveway leads you to an 1880s castle that looks like somewhere a princess would live. Fourth generation wine makers Eliza, Angela and Nicholas Brown run this idealic winery as well as sister venue St Leonards vineyard. As well as award winning fortifieds All Saints also has a solid flagship Family Cellar range including Chardonnay, Marsanne, Shiraz and Durif. For something pretty special try the Rare Rutherglen Muscat. And don’t miss the cheese room.

All Saints Road, Wahgunyah
(02) 6035 2222

Bree Johnson, Broadsheet, October 5, 2012

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