Roadtrips for Relief: Rutherglen

Throw a change of clothes in a bag and fire up the car: Victoria is back open for business. The news that we can all travel freely around the state couldn’t be more welcome to regional hospitality operators who have had a summer of bushfires followed by a lockdown, and to the rest of us who are just keen for a change of scenery. This week we’re looking at Rutherglen and surrounds. Richard Cornish has plenty of great reasons to get to know this part of the northeast a little better. 

Where to Eat:

Out near the Murray at Wahgunyah, the heritage-listed castle and impressive estate at All Saints Estate is also home to Terrace Restaurant. Here Simon Arkless cooks refined dishes that work brilliantly with the estate’s wines, such as pork parfait, onion marmalade and brioche with a glass of the estate merlot. 

 Where to Drink:

Popular with young winemakers, Thousand Pound is a wine bar in town pouring glasses from a deep list favouring small family wineries. Until 22 June, those glasses will have to be accompanied by dinner. Lucky for you, the menu features everything from sobrassada croquettes to swimmer crab risotto. 

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The complete All Saints Estate and St Leonards Vineyard wine selection is available online or at Cellar Door.