Where to eat and drink in Rutherglen & North East Victoria

When we’re not behind the Cellar Door, we love going on food adventures in our region! Winemaker Rowly was even featured in a Delicious magazine article last year, talking about some of our favourite Rutherglen haunts (click through the image gallery to read the article).

But wait, there's more! If you haven’t already checked out these new-ish spots below, we recommend adding them to your next North East Vic itinerary.


James & Co Wines Cellar Door Rutherglen
James & Co Wines Cellar Door in Rutherglen

James & Co Wines (Rutherglen)
The super lovely and talented Ricky and Georgie of James & Co. Wines have opened a Cellar Door in the Main Street of Rutherglen. It’s a welcoming, contemporary space and we must say we’re just a touch partial to their new Sparkling Rosé! Drop in for a tasting or a glass of wine and a choose-your-own-adventure cheese and charcuterie board. 

Rutherglen Estates Cellar Door & Gallery (Rutherglen)
These are exciting times for wine and art lovers in Rutherglen! Rutherglen Estates has a brand spanking new Cellar Door and Aboriginal Exhibitions Gallery in their iconic 1880s winery complex. The project was a collaboration between the winery and major Aboriginal arts collector Hans Sip, and the result is beautiful.

Andrew Buller Wines (Rutherglen)
Another of Rutherglen’s newest boutique wineries is Andrew Buller Wines at the historic Cannobie Estate, owned and operated by third-gen winemaker Andrew Buller. Taste their range of sparkling, whites, reds and fortifieds made from estate-grown fruit at their Cellar Door set among majestic shade trees.

Reed & Co Distillery (Bright)
Rachel Reed and Hamish Nugent (formerly of hatted restaurant Tani Eat & Drink) have opened an artisan gin distillery in Bright, where they make Remedy Gin (a dry gin influenced by their landscape, flavoured with mountain pepper, eucalyptus and fresh pine needles, among other botanicals). While you're there enjoy Victorian meats cooked over the grill and other seasonally-inspired food from their custom-built oven. Local coffee roasters Sixpence Coffee operate from the same space. 


Press Room Wine Bar brunch Beechworth
Brunch at Beechworth's Press Room Wine Bar

Zest Studio (Rutherglen)

This main street cake and dessert studio has expanded their menu offering to include a wider selection of savoury and sweet breakfast and lunch items to enjoy in the shop, main street courtyard or takeaway. Be warned their croissants are slightly addictive! 

Lake Moodemere Estate (Rutherglen)
Not new as such but a summer favourite for the lakeside vantage point and lovely hosts Belinda and Michael Chambers! Go for lip-smacking estate-grown lamb (we can't go past it!), casual platters and the majestic location. The seasonal menu also features their own heritage citrus, honey and free-range eggs.

St Leonards Vineyard (Rutherglen)
St Leonards’ café is now open every weekend with a delicious menu designed by Terrace Restaurant chef Simon Arkless. We love the relaxed vineyard setting down by the Murray River.

Press Room Wine Bar (Beechworth)
As well as their popular evening tapas, Press Room is now offering a brunch menu, packed with regional produce and regionally roasted Honeybird Coffee! Grab a streetside perch.

Republic Cafe at the Old Beechworth Gaol (Beechworth)
A community consortium purchased the Old Beechworth Gaol in 2016 and a new café has opened in the front courtyard, serving regionally roasted Sixpence coffee, a selection of cakes and simple lunch options from a 1967 Airstream Caravan. Time your visit with a morning tour of this fascinating piece of history.

And don't miss these favourite cafés in Chiltern, Yackandandah and beyond!


Bistro Selle restaurant Albury Credit Mark Jesser
Albury's Bistro Selle (Image credit: Mark Jesser)

Ripe at Buller Wines (Rutherglen)
Ripe restaurant opened last year, overlooking the 100-year-old Calliope Vineyard at Buller Wines. Gavin Swalwell (also of Taste at Rutherglen restaurant) heads up the kitchen with a contemporary Australian menu offering a focused menu of entrées, mains and desserts, including produce from the new kitchen garden.

Tuileries Restaurant (Rutherglen)
Rutherglen Estates has stepped things up a notch in the kitchen at Tuileries where chef Bryan Curran has reinvigorated the menu. Bryan’s food derives from traditional French techniques and flavours, with inspiration from Asia, Morocco and the Middle East. Go super local with the Jillamatong Lamb rump and Rutherglen Muscat reduction.

Bistro Selle (Albury)
Owned and operated by hospo young gun Matthew Fuller, Bistro Selle is an exciting addition to the Border’s dining culture. It’s an intimate European-style bistro with a focused, contemporary menu with a beautiful balance of inventive dishes and traditional flavour pairings, and great wine list to boot!

Also don’t miss some of our other Albury favourites Border Wine Room, Ebden & Olive, The River Deck and Café Musette!