Rutherglen in the City | Port Melbourne
Forget long drives to North East Victoria. This spring, the Winemakers of Rutherglen are bringing their vineyards to you. On Saturday, 14th October, The Timber Yard in Port Melbourne transforms into a bustling wine haven. Hosted from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm, the annual event showcases the lesser-known but equally captivating Rutherglen wine region.
A Day of Diverse Tastings
With more than 100 boutique wines on offer, you’ll get to explore a wide range of varietals. This includes new season releases, cellar door exclusives, and sought-after back vintages. You’ll find something different at each pop-up cellar door, allowing you to appreciate the unique qualities of each vineyard.
Melbourne, Meet Muscat and Durif
Wine connoisseurs will rejoice at the selection. The renowned Muscat of Rutherglen offers a sublime blend between wine and spirit, a rarity in the wine world. Likewise, Durif, Rutherglen’s celebrated red grape, provides a rich depth that demands to be explored. This event provides a unique opportunity to delve into these intriguing options.
The Mastery of Wine in Masterclasses
Moreover, the event offers several intimate masterclasses, designed for the curious and the devoted. For instance, Stanton & Killeen Wines introduce you to rare Portuguese cultivars that thrive in Rutherglen’s climate. Similarly, the Dark Arts Durif Masterclass by Warrabilla Wines educates you on the nuances of Rutherglen’s most cherished red grape. These masterclasses are a steal at $10 per session and are bookable in advance.
How to Secure Your Experience
Tickets for this wine wonderland can be pre-purchased online for $35, with a select number available at the door for $40. The admission fee covers all wine tastings and also gifts you a keepsake: a stemless festival tumbler. Masterclass sessions are extra but well worth the additional cost for any wine lover.
Stock Up and Take Home
In addition, attendees have the chance to purchase their favourite wines. All sampled wines are available for retail sale at cellar door prices, and food can also be purchased on-site.
The Vital Details
- When: Saturday, 14th October 2023
- Time: 11:30 am – 5:30 pm
- Where: The Timber Yard, 351 Plummer Street, Port Melbourne, VIC 3207
- Cost: Admission $35 online/$40 on the day. Masterclasses are $10 per session.
- Tickets: Click here to book
So, clear your calendar for Rutherglen in the City, an event that unarguably celebrates the rich diversity and innovation of the Australian wine scene. Cheers, Melbourne!