Rutherglen in the City returns to Melbourne this October

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Rutherglen in the City returns to Melbourne this October

Words by Staff Writer

Sip, Savour, and Soak in the Wine Culture this October.

Get ready to tantalize your taste buds and dive into the world of premium wines as Rutherglen in the City makes a triumphant return to Melbourne on Saturday, 14 October 2023. This much-anticipated event is set to transform The Timber Yard in Port Melbourne into a wine lover’s paradise.

Brought to you by The Winemakers of Rutherglen, a collective comprising 16 innovative wineries hailing from the picturesque North East Victoria, the event will see these regional wineries once again gracing the bustling streets of Melbourne with their extraordinary offerings. From 11:30 am to 5:30 pm, The Timber Yard will play host to an array of cellar door experiences, tantalizing wine tastings, intimate wine masterclasses, live musical performances, and delectable food options featuring the finest produce from North East Victoria.

Keep up with the latest food and booze news across the region here.

Rutherglen in the City is your golden ticket to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Rutherglen’s wine culture, with the chance to sample over 100 rare and boutique wines. Rutherglen, an undiscovered gem in Australia’s wine landscape, showcases varietals that thrive in the region, including new season releases, exclusive cellar door vintages, and aged classics.

Venture into uncharted territory and discover the enigmatic Muscat of Rutherglen, a drink that effortlessly straddles the line between wine and spirit. Unravel the intriguing history behind Rutherglen’s celebrated red grape, Durif!

For those craving knowledge and a deeper connection with the wine, the event offers an array of wine masterclasses, each hosted by renowned winemakers and personalities.

11:40 am: Meet the Iberians with Stanton & Killeen Wines
Join the seventh-generation winery as they introduce you to unusual Portuguese cultivars in a guided tasting experience. Immerse yourself in a curated selection of current and back vintage wines and uncover the rich history behind Stanton & Killeen’s love for Iberian varietals.

1:00 pm: Coco Vino Delight with Cofield Wines
Savor a generous tasting of three of Damien Cofield’s favorite wines, expertly paired with handcrafted Cuvée Chocolates.

2:30 pm: Rutherglen in the Cellar with Jones Winery & Vineyard
Join Benjamin Jones, a sixth-generation winemaker, as he takes you on a journey through the aging process of white and red wines from their Sustainable Winegrowing Australia certified vineyard. Discover the magic of aged and current Shiraz, Fiano, and Marsanne/Roussanne blends.

4:00 pm: The Dark Arts Durif Masterclass with Warrabilla Wines
Let Durif enthusiast Andrew Sutherland Smith guide you through Rutherglen’s most famous red grape. Compare and contrast Warrabilla’s finest Durif with others from around the country and explore why it thrives in Rutherglen’s unique climate. Prepare your palate for tastings of Warrabilla’s acclaimed Parola’s label.

Attendees can enhance their wine collections by purchasing the wines they’ve fallen in love with during the event. All wines will be available by the glass, bottle, or for takeaway. Secure your spot by pre-purchasing tickets online for $35, with a limited number of tickets also available on the day for $40. Your festival ticket includes access to all winery tastings and a keepsake stemless festival tumbler.

To book your tickets and masterclass sessions, head here