If you’re going to be indulging in fine wine it’s best if your bed is only a stumble away. That certainly proved to be the case when I was invited to visit Rutherglen recently and was presciently booked into Tuileries for the weekend.
Rutherglen’s Tuileries hotel is part of the Rutherglen Estate winery so I really couldn’t be better positioned for lots of tastings. It also has its own highly regarded restaurant, also called Tuileries which is not your typical hotel restaurant at all.
The dining room is a neutral space with well spaced tables decked out in linen looking out onto the twinkling fairy lights strung in the courtyard. Menu highlights include the chilli and garlic prawn tails which are slightly charred and served alongside gnocchi doused in a creamy sauce ($22.50) and the braised lamb shoulder ($36.50) which is slow cooked until it falls apart and served with sweet heirloom carrots.
There’s a suggested wine pairing for each dish but the best value is to pay a set fee and you can sample as many of the Rutherglen Estate wines as you want from a tasting table. The perfect ending to dinner here is the short stumble to your bed.
The best rooms are those overlooking Tulieries vineyard however for families you can’t go past the Olive Grove rooms which provide two bedroom accommodation with a separate living area and bathroom. The rooms are simple and clean and service is friendly and welcoming.
Breakfast in the morning is served in Tulieries cafe and is hearty fare. Think generous servings of scrambled eggs with pesto mixed through or full English fry ups. It’s a great ending to a comfortable stay in Rutherglen.
Details: Tuileries, 13-35 Drummond street, Rutherglen (Ph 02 6032 9033)
Damage: Reasonable. Rooms are around $199 a night.
Gourmet Getaway Tips
- Rutherglen is three hours drive from Melbourne.
- Details on the best places to eat and drink in Rutherglen here.
Gourmet Chick was a guest of the Winemakers of Rutherglen.