Rutherglen wine lovers can join winemakers for a day during vintage 2018

ON FARM: Scion Wines winemaker Rowly Milhinch will offer a special tasting of his wines at the cellar door as part of an intimate tour this weekend.
ON FARM: Scion Wines winemaker Rowly Milhinch will offer a special tasting of his wines at the cellar door as part of an intimate tour this weekend.

AS vintage shifts into top gear around Rutherglen, winemakers are offering a range of experiences to the public.

Wahgunyah winery Valhalla Wines is hosting its Winemaker for a Day workshop tomorrow.

Valhalla Wines owner and winemaker Anton Therkildsen is inviting the public to experience the life of an artisan winemaker during vintage.

Mr Therkildsen handcrafts wines using natural vineyard practices, traditional non-interventional winemaking and cellaring in the straw bale winery. 

Workshop participants will join picking in the vineyard to crushing, plunging and pressing in the winery as part of the hands-on vintage program.

They will learn about barrel tasting and the fine art of blending. 

The experience will include lunch in the cantina with a range of matched wines.

The Winemaker for a Day workshop runs at the winery at 163 All Saints Road from 9am to 3pm.

Tickets cost $80 or it’s free for Long Boat Wine Club members. 

Bookings are essential, via eventbrite.com.au/e/winemaker-for-a-day-tickets-42855775779 or phone (02) 6033 1438

Rutherglen winery Scion Wine is offering an intimate tour and tasting at Scion Vineyard and Winery tomorrow in the middle of vintage 2018.

It will shine a spotlight on growing muscat to craft contemporary wine styles that offer a fresh take on a Rutherglen classic.

True to style every step of the growing and winemaking processes are completed by hand to ensure wine quality and seasonality remained the focus.

Vineyard founder Jan Milhinch will lead the tour tomorrow and discuss why the Slaughterhouse Road site was chosen almost two decades ago to plant the vineyard during 2002.

Tour participants will taste winegrapes straight from the grapevine, learn about seasonality and how Scion grows two varieties of muscat to make its fresh and vibrant wine styles.

Scion Wines winemaker Rowly Milhinch will offer a special tasting of his aromatic whites, elegant reds and delicate dessert wines at the cellar door as part of the program.

The experience includes a small-group vineyard tour and wine tasting with food nibbles.

Tickets cost $25 or it’s free for Scion Wine Club members.

Scion Vineyard and Winery is at 74 Slaughterhouse Road, on the outskirts of Rutherglen.

Bookings are essential via Sally Brown at Scion Wine on 0410 635 680.