Recently we spent a wonderful Easter weekend in Rutherglen, staying upon a little houseboat moored in a billabong at Brimin, about 25 minutes from the main town of Rutherglen. Apart from the rest and relaxation of staying in the country and waking up with the sun, bushwalking, fishing and reading all day; of course, there was some good food to be eaten.
An honourable mention has to be given to Parkers Pies, who we loved so much that we came home with a bunch of pies for the freezer. I highly recommend Jolly Jumbuck lamb and rosemary pie- it is life changing!
Another highlight was a visit to the beautiful little Jones Winery & Vineyard for lunch before we made the long drive home. I had been drawn to Jones Winery because of their beautiful Instagram page, and learning from their website that the winery had been established in 1860, and run by the same family since the 1920’s. Now run by brother and sister team, Mandy and Arthur Jones, the vineyard has a homely but sophisticated feel with a charming French flair added by Mandys’ history of living and working in France. Both the restaurant and cellar door have a homely, welcoming feel and the outdoor courtyard is perfect for those wanting a more casual vibe.
The menu changes regularly but always includes a French flair, which matches beautifully with the wines on offer at the winery, as well as the new ‘Correll’ Vermouth (named after their mother) which we just adored. The meals were hearty but elegant, and well priced at three courses for $69.00.
House baked Rye Sourdough bread
Seared scallops with corn custard, chorizo & pickled onion.
Chicken and pork terrine with homemade toasted brioche, peach marmalade and salad greens.
Pork medallions with apple and ginger puree, boudin noir crumble and green beans.
Confit Duck Maryland with braised lentils, confit potato, red cabbage and orange salad.
I highly recommend you pop a lunch at this charming spot on your hit list if you are lucky enough to be exploring the region, and hope you are just as content as we were with a little bit of France in country Victoria.
Thank you to Wendy and Arthur for hosting us and showing us some of that classic country hospitality, as well as their passion for their job!
Have a delicious day,