Tastes of Rutherglen

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Two days of wining and dining in Victoria’s northeast wine region is just what the doctor ordered

Taking place in the stunning wine region of Rutherglen in northeast Victoria, Tastes of Rutherglen is a two-day festival that showcases the best produce and wine of the region.

Attendees will be able to taste their way through 19 different Rutherglen wineries and dig into perfectly paired meals over the March 9-10 weekend. Other activities throughout the weekend include winery tours, cheese and chocolate pairings, wine cocktail mixology classes, back-vintage tastings, wine blending and bottling and varietal masterclasses. After dark there will be showcase dinners, live music and pop-up bars at several of Rutherglen’s key wineries.

The festival is also family-friendly, with a range of things for kids to see, taste and do over the weekend, including outdoor sports, play equipment and fun activities like stomping grapes and feeding turtles.

Tickets are only $20 per person, and this gains you access to all 19 Rutherglen wineries. Not drinking? Designated drivers actually get free entry into the festival as well as two complimentary tea and coffee vouchers over the weekend. If you’d rather not drive, there’s a winery shuttle bus ($27 per day) that will take you from cellar door to cellar door.

RECOMMENDED: A guide to wining and dining in Rutherglen.

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