As the north-east of Victoria recovers from the recent bushfires, one region is holding an event to showcase the very best of its award-winning wines as well as produce from the surrounding area.
Tastes of Rutherglen returns on Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8, with the winemakers of Rutherglen urging Australian's to show their support for the bushfire affected area by booking a trip to the region for the annual food and wine festival.
"This year's festival is set to be one of the biggest and best on record with a revamped program focusing more on event-goers experiencing a taste of the Rutherglen region as a whole," a festival spokesman said.
"The rustic carpet will be rolled out as 18 Rutherglen wineries welcome visitors to the tasting table to sip and savour their way around the entire region all weekend long.
"With a stellar line-up of cellar door activities, special events, masterclasses and menus for the whole family to enjoy, Tastes of Rutherglen is the ultimate long weekend escape.
"Tastes of Rutherglen 2020 will offer visitors the chance to discover perfect pairings of the region's stand-out wines combined with fresh local produce and authentic experiences.
"Tastes of Rutherglen 2020 tickets are $20 per person, which includes access to all 18 wineries in the region.
"Not a big drinker? Designated drivers will receive complimentary festival entry as well as two free tea, coffee or soft drink vouchers, courtesy of the team at TAC Towards Zero.
"Take all the stress out of driving with the TAC Winery Shuttle Bus service or even hop on a bus from all nearby regional cities."
Some of the highlight events on the 2020 program include:
Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8
- Harvest yoga at Scion among the gums followed by tea or coffee and light refreshments;
- Join winemaker Anton behind-the-scenes in Valhalla's working artisanal winery and experience life as a Rutherglen winemaker. Experience crushing, pressing and plunging of the newly picked vintage 2020.
- Visit: www.tastesofrutherglen.com.au