Rutherglen and Brown Brothers
Milawa VIP experience
Rutherglen and Brown Brothers Experience weekend tour
$595pp twin share $695pp Single room
Rutherglen is one of Australia’s most celebrated wine regions. Winemaking has been at the heart of the region since the 1850s. Generations later, the families who founded Rutherglen are still making wine today, joined by entrepreneurial newcomers bringing fresh ideas to build on the region’s history. Rutherglen offers a rich diversity of style – red and white table wines, sparkling wines and its internationally acclaimed fortified wines.
Departing sometime between 10-12 noon we head off to historic Rutherglen. Once we arrive in the afternoon we head straight to our accomodation to check in, then after to James & Co wines with our host winemaker Ricky James to enjoy their hospitality and taste their awesome wines. Dinner (at own expense).
Overnight in Rutherglen
After breakfast (included) we travel to the surrounding wineries for an enjoyable day of wine tastings at 4 award winning popular wineries.
Lunch at a winery cafe/restaurant (own expense)
Overnight again in Rutherglen
After breakfast (included) and checking out of our accommodation we head off towards Milawa (near Wangaratta) and experience a VIP tasting at Brown Brothers and stunning winery lunch with matching wine. Leaving Millawa around 2.30pm we arrive back in Melbourne around 6pm and back to your door from a great, relaxing weekend away.
Climate – The dry, warm climate provides conditions for a broad range of varieties and styles. As a result, the region’s producers have trialled many varieties over the generations and continue to do so with excellent propensity for fruit ripeness and diversity of style.
Soils – The old vines that are the backbone of Rutherglen’s great fortified wines are grown on a band of loam on the lower slopes of the gentle local hills called the Rutherglen loam. Bands of red clay and quartz are also found in parts of the region where gold was once mined. Another entirely different soil type is ‘Black Dog fine sandy loam’ found around those wineries that are closer to the Murray River.
Harvest – Mid-February to late April
Popular wine varieties produced here – Muscat, Whites with complexity (Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier), Shiraz, Durif