Saturday, January 19, 2013

Visit to Rutherglen

Rutherglen - Jones Winery and Vineyard
Early January 2013 we visited the Jones Winery and Vineyard at Rutherglen.
It was one of those very hot days - in the high 30's but it pleasantly cool in the Cafe. I had a very tasty wine - a Marsanne. It married well with the Antipasto we ordered. I bought a bottle so I could savour the flavour with friends (only one or two) at home.
Jones Winery and Vineyard was established in 1860 and stands testament to a rich wine making tradition. Since 1927, the winery has been owned and operated by the Jones family. Entire blocks of old vine have been preserved making the winery one of only a few in Australia to produce wine from vines planted more than 100 years ago.
Rutherglen is a fun destination. It is a little off the highway, 200 kilometres north east of Melbourne. It has boutique shops down the quaint main street, a well stocked information centre providing samples of the wines of the district, a craft shop and cafe, and is surrounded by Vineyards and a number of intersting wineries.
It is a town well worth a visit.
The Restorers Barn, Castlemaine - a great find.
It is unique in Victoria for its vast range of old wares.
A must for any restoration project.
This is the car used in The Sullivan's TV series.