During our Australia trip, we had the chance to go for cheese and wine tasting in the Rutherglen Estate, nearby Lake Mulwala. We haven’t done any of these before, so we were really excited and hyped! Before our journey, we had a simple breakfast of rye bread wrap with ham, cheese and baby spinach. It was simple to make, healthy and yummy! 68W8GPAAKUM9
Rye bread wrap, cheese, ham and baby spinach
After breakfast, we started our journey towards Rutherglen. But on the way, we couldn’t help but stop at this amazing view of Lake Mulwala. In the morning, the sky was just so blue, the lake so calm and the environment so peaceful. Really, just give me a good book and I can stay here for the whole day.
Beautiful Lake Mulwala
Saucer in deep thought 😛
There’s one thing interesting about Lake Mulwala, and that’s the fact that it lays in between two states of Australia – New South Wales and Victoria. The separation is all but across a bridge! There are two bridges across Lake Mulwala, and we walked across one of it.
1st Bridge across Lake Mulwala
2nd bridge across Lake Mulwala
Look what we saw halfway cross the bridge! We’re crossing the border to New South Wales! 🙂
Welcome to New South Wales
After taking the picture above, we walked back towards the start of the bridge, where the town of Yarrawonga was. Look, the population was only 6,200!
Welcome to Yarrawonga
And there we saw it! The sign of Victoria! We have officially crossed the border of 2 states. 🙂
Welcome to Victoria
After all the pictures, we were on our way again towards Rutherglen Wine Region, which was about 40km away. Saucer was the driver while I was the navigator. Mind you, being the navigator was no easy task! I had to refer to a physical map, the GPS and the Google maps on my iPhone. Stressed! 😛
My navigation tools
There were many wineries in the Rutherglen Wine Region, but I chose the biggest one to start with – All Saints Estate. After almost an hour of driving, we reached upon a grand entrance very much like that of a castle, with giant iron gates and a long path leading in with trees lined up on both sides. It was like a picture out of a storybook, very romantic and magical.
Entrance to All Saints Estate
The magical path
Welcome to All Saints Estate
witch at All Saints Estate
Since it was winter, there were no grapes in the vineyard and even the big trees were bare.
Trees during winter
Driving inside, we reached a magnificent castle where the wine cellar was.
Next to the wine cellar was Indigo Cheese Company. We entered the cheese company first.
Indigo Cheese Company
Inside Indigo, there were many varieties of jams and cheese on display.
Interior of Indigo Cheese Company
We proceeded to the cheese counter, where a sweet young lady was eager to welcome us. There were several pieces of cheese on the counter for tasting purposes.
It was our first time tasting cheese and we didn’t know what the procedure was. However, the lady was really helpful and showed us the list of cheese available that day. She cut a generous portion of each cheese and placed it on a cracker for us to try. There were 8 types of cheese so we had 8 crackers with cheese each! Very filling indeed! And yes, it was free. 🙂
The list of cheese
After tasting, we found that we loved the Tarago Triple Cream very much and bought a piece of that home. 🙂
witch at Indigo Cheese Company
Next, we went to the wine cellar next door. It was time for wine-tasting!
Inside the wine cellar
We tasted a range of white wines, red wines and some fortified wines – from the mild to the strong ones. It was really cool! The wine connoisseur was also very helpful and knowledgeable, imparting important information on the different wines produced by All Saints Estate.
Saucer trying out white wine
My glass of white wine
By the time we finished tasting the wines, we were already slightly dizzy and Saucer’s face was red as tomato! *LOL* Guess what we did? We actually took a nap in our car! 🙂 The best part was, the weather was so nice even in the afternoon, that we could just nap in the car with the doors open. The temperature was around 16-18C. Perfect!
Another barren tree
After napping, it was time to go. We had another few wineries to visit in our itinerary, but I’ll write about that in the next post. Indeed, this cheese and wine tasting experience was something new to me, and very memorable. I loved the fact that the winery was so fairy-tale like, and so peaceful. There were not many visitors, hence making the experience a really pleasant and relaxing one.
Good bye All Saints Estate!
Information on All Saints Estate
All Saints Estate
All Saints Rd
Wahgunyah VIC 3687
Contact no.: (02) 6035 2222 / 1800 021 621
GPS coordinates: -35.994381,146.413955
Cellar Door Open:
Mon – Sat 9:00am – 5:30pm,
Sun 10:00am – 5:30pm
Indigo Cheese Company Open:
Mon – Fri 11:00am – 3:00pm,
Sat – Sun 10:00am – 4:00pm