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SET over two fan­tas­tic week­ends in March, Ruther­glen hosts the ul­ti­mate gour­mand’s party - Tastes of Ruther­glen - as lead­ing re­gional chefs and lo­cal wine­mak­ers part­ner in the ul­ti­mate pro­gres­sive lunch in NE Vic­to­ria.

The ever-pop­u­lar fes­ti­val prom­ises to be the best yet as 20 dis­tinc­tive winer­ies host two food and wine week­ends March 8-9 and 15-16, 2014.

Fes­ti­val-go­ers can in­dulge in per­fectly matched food and wine com­bi­na­tions as each win­ery of­fers a sig­na­ture dish by a re­gional chef matched to the best wines of Ruther­glen.

Meet the renowned and friendly wine­mak­ers be­hind Ruther­glen’s world­class wines and dis­cover the pas­sion of North East Vic­to­ria’s lo­cal producers as the re­gion cel­e­brates vin­tage un­der sunny au­tumn skies.

Mu­sic, food, wine and au­then­tic, rus­tic fun seam­lessly blend at what has be­come one of re­gional Vic­to­ria’s best fes­ti­vals.

Wine lovers can sim­ply kick­back and in­dulge in fab­u­lous dishes matched to sub­lime wines, or try some­thing more in­ter­ac­tive at one of the many win­ery “ac­tiv­i­ties”.

Great value “all in­clu­sive” Taste Packs are avail­able for pre­pur­chase or on the week­ends and are also de­signed to make fes­ti­val nav­i­gat­ing sim­ple and easy.

Guests sim­ply pre-pur­chase a “pack”, online or on the day, at the par­tic­i­pat­ing winer­ies or at the Wel­come Mar­quee at the Ruther­glen Wine Ex­pe­ri­ence build­ing.

New in 2014, each of the four shut­tle routes are themed around “Tastes Tour­ing Routes” to match their gourmet and wine of­fer­ing.

Over both week­ends, a range of events will take place at winer­ies in­clud­ing themed wine din­ners, pro­duce mar­kets, din­ners un­der the stars, live bands and more.

Trans­port is easy over the two week­ends thanks to the TAC win­ery shut­tle bus which cir­cles be­tween all 20 winer­ies, and fes­ti­val-go­ers can hop on and off as they like in this safe and has­sle-free way to tour the winer­ies ($25 per day).

Shut­tle rid­ers can take ad­van­tage of free safe wine cloak­ing.

There is a re­gional shut­tle op­tion with pick-up and dropoff also avail­able in Ruther­glen, Wah­gun­yah and Corowa, Al­bury Wodonga, How­long, Mul­wala, Bun­da­long, Chiltern, Wan­garatta and Yar­ra­wonga ($35 per day - pre-book­ings online).

A Des­ig­nated Driver Re­ward Cam­paign, also spon­sored by TAC, op­er­ates all weekend with in­for­ma­tion avail­able at par­tic­i­pat­ing winer­ies.

For more in­for­ma­tion, a copy of the Tastes of Ruther­glen pro­gram, or to pur­chase Taste Packs call 1300 787 929 or visit www.wine­mak­ers.com.au.

Peo­ple en­joy­ing Tastes of Ruther­glen.

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