Historic Rutherglen and the King Valley are must-visit destinations for those wanting to experience the warming hospitality and eye-catching beauty of Victoria’s high country. Rutherglen is known for its world-class fortifieds, but if that’s not your cup of tea, the region is bursting with exciting varietal wines, food offerings and luxury stays for your visit. While in the King Valley, embrace the region’s Italian heritage with some of Australia’s top expressions of Prosecco and European varieties paired with picturesque wine country surrounds.
Start your adventure in Rutherglen, with a day spent at local icon De Bortoli. The 1886-built cellar door building welcomes you with a respectful nod to heritage and inviting look into the brand’s winemaking philosophy. Take your time to immerse yourself in the brand story, wander through the on-site art gallery and settle in for a tasting. For fortified fans, a Cheese and Muscat flight is a must. Lunch is also sorted, with the Tuileries Restaurant, and if you’re in need for a place to stay, look no further than the estate’s luxury accommodation offerings.
On day two, make your first stop Buller Wines. Run by four local families, Buller Wines prides itself on offering approachable, region-expressive wines guaranteed to get your palate going. Jump into a tasting of the portfolio with the 50-year-old Rutherglen Muscat and new release ranges; The Nook and RLB ranges are not to be missed. Enjoy a cheese platter in the Prosecco Bar or book in for lunch at Ripe at Buller Wines.
Spend your afternoon at Campbells, who in 2020 are celebrating an impressive 150 years of winemaking in Rutherglen. Transport yourself through the Campbells story with a tasting of the portfolio which includes their premium chardonnay, Bobbie Burns Shiraz and The Barkly Durif. The cellar door has been recently renovated, to offer plenty of inviting spots by the fire or out on the lawns to enjoy a glass with a locally sourced cheese and charcuterie board.
Your third day sees a two-hour drive to the King Valley, kicking off with a visit to Pizzini Wines. The Pizzini family’s focus is on crafting elegant, food-friendly wines with their portfolio ranging from prosecco, arneis and pinot grigio to sangiovese, nebbiolo and teroldego. A tasting here is a must for the ideal welcome to the region, or if time permits, book in for an exclusive wine experience or cooking class.
Finish your King Valley experience with a visit to Brown Brothers – enjoy a tasting of their expansive wine range or book in for a private winery tour. If you’re not ready to leave yet, book a night or two at of the Pizzini Wines guesthouses – an ideal wine country stay.