Your wedding is all about one thing: having the best time ever with your family and friends, celebrating your beautiful love story. This is why I love winery weddings so much, since they give couples plenty of space, gorgeous landscapes – and of course, world-class wine!
I’m lucky to live so close to Rutherglen in North East Victoria, which produces such amazing wine. Weddings in Rutherglen are just dreamy, since there are so many talented chefs and artisans in the region – plus no shortage of cute Airbnbs and winery accommodation, letting your guests plan a weekend away for your wedding. The location is also perfect all year round, since wineries are such versatile spaces.
Here are a few of my favourite Rutherglen winery wedding venues to think about – and yes, I can personally vouch for the wine and food at all of these wineries… I might be getting thirsty just thinking about them!
1. All Saints Estate
How perfect is All Saints Estate? It’s easily one of the most romantic Rutherglen winery wedding venues, considering it has its own castle! Established in 1864, this family-owned winery was founded by Scottish immigrants, who built its stately brick castle, now listed on the Victorian Heritage Register and National Trust.
All Saints specialise in weddings and offer some seriously amazing hospitality. The on-site Terrace Restaurant is hatted, so you and your guests will eat like kings and queens, accompanied by award-winning All Saints wines. They can cater for 50–300 guests.
If you want to say your vows at All Saints too, check out the Rose Garden, complete with a water lily pond and lush, green gardens. It’s the ideal spot for an outdoor reception before dancing the night away in the Great Hall!
I love these images I took at All Saints for Hannah and James – it was the perfect spot for their fun and elegant wedding.
2. Mount Ophir Estate
Love heritage beauty, luxury dining and shiraz? If so, you’re in luck – Mount Ophir is one of the top wedding venues in Rutherglen, with plenty of customisable spaces across the 20-hectare property.
The Tower, a striking historical brick building, is the ideal backdrop for wedding photos. I also love that Mount Ophir is secluded, so it really feels like a private space, just for you and your guests.
This spot is one of my recommended Rutherglen micro wedding venues, since they can cater to parties large or small in one of their many spaces. Mount Ophir can cater for weddings from 60 people up to 450, and smaller wedding parties really work well here. There’s gorgeous, five-star accommodation on-site too.
Oh, and remember that shiraz I mentioned? The limited release Mount Ophir shiraz is something you seriously need to try!
(Just a quick note: Mount Ophir, and the other wineries mentioned here, are some of the most popular Rutherglen wedding venues in 2022 and beyond. For this reason, please book as far in advance as you can! Some locations can be fully booked over a year in advance, with popular spring and summer weekends going quickly, so I don’t want you to miss out on your dream wedding venue.)
3. John Gehrig Wines
Looking for a beautiful, relaxed wedding venue where you and your loved ones can immerse yourselves in nature, eat and drink well, and maybe kick off your shoes to dance under the stars? John Gehrig Wines might be just what you’re looking for.
They actually have two locations – you can plan your wedding at their gorgeous Rutherglen space or in King Valley. The Rutherglen location has a fantastic cellar door and former shed, with plenty of outdoor space for pre-dinner drinks, sunset strolls among the vineyards and outdoor dining.
This family-owned winery offers amazing hospitality, premium produce, delicious cheeses and wines, and has a cosy, welcoming vibe – I always love spending time here!
4. St Leonards Vineyard
St Leonards is such a peaceful oasis – you can’t go wrong with a wedding held here. Rustic luxury is everywhere, from the picture-perfect rolling hills of vineyards to the cosy outdoor spaces you can personalise as your own. Weddings here are catered by Terrace Restaurant.
Thinking about eloping in Rutherglen? (You’ll love it, trust me!) If so, most wineries here can cater to small groups, so reserve a table or a private dining area for your reception. St Leonards is a great choice for micro weddings, offering packages for 10 or more guests, which includes a live stream for anyone who can’t be there in person. So cool!
This great venue does plenty of weddings and events, so they’ll be able to help you throughout the planning process, suggesting vendors, menus and spaces that will best suit your party.
5. Buller Wines
Overlooking the historical Calliope Vineyard, The Pavilion Restaurant is the perfect venue for your wedding. The pavilion offers a beautiful open space filled with natural light and open air. The venue is tastefully styled with a simple rustic, charm and would dress up to suit just about any style.
What I love the most about this venue is how it flows into the beautiful outdoor surrounds. If you’re wanting a laid back atmosphere where your guest can lounge around on the lawn and celebrate under the stars, then you need to add Buller on your list of places to check out. Looking for some inspiration? Check out this epic wedding I photographed recently for Celeste and Sam.
6. Brown Brothers Winery
Ok, so this one is a short drive away from Rutherglen, but trust me when I say no one does events quite like Brown Brothers – they live and breathe hospitality and have created such an ideal spot for an awesome outdoor wedding. Their 1860s-era historic barn, with its rustic faded timber, just glows beautifully with fairy lights, and there’s plenty of outdoor entertaining areas where your guests can pull up a bean bag, play a game of outdoor checkers, and enjoy a wine and canape.
The landscape and scenery at Brown Brothers are stunning, and I like that they have a purpose-built Bridal Cottage, giving you and your besties plenty of space for hair, makeup and a cheeky morning champagne.
Their soaring oak trees create a natural canopy for an outdoor ceremony too, especially during autumn. The natural beauty in this part of the world is hard to put into words – it’s so awe-inspiring and serene, perfect for couples who love the outdoors and want to create a comfortable yet meaningful experience for their guests. I took these images for Shae and Josh at Brown Brothers and I love how the soft beauty of the Australian landscape shines through.
As you can see, I definitely have a soft spot for Rutherglen! It offers so many special places and experiences for weddings, and I’m sure you’ll love it too. Please drop me a line if you have any questions about your wedding photography in Rutherglen, as I know all of these venues quite well. I’d love to dream up some magic and help you capture your wedding memories – can’t wait to hear your plans!