Published: 28 Apr 2022
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While the golden hills of Napa Valley are a long way from regional Wahgunyah, the Californian wine region has inspired an exciting redevelopment at one of Victoria’s oldest wineries.
All Saints Estate in northeast Victoria is undergoing an upgrade to create an experience to showcase the estate's history, food and wine.
Located near the banks of the Murray River, the winery was established in 1864. The estate’s heritage-listed castle and established vines and gardens have become a must-see for visitors to the wine region.
By expanding dining options and catering for more people, the upgrade will attract visitors from across Australia and the world to the region. Increased visitor spending and the creation of 15 local jobs are just some of the benefits the winery’s redevelopment will bring.
A $500,000 grant from the Victorian Government’s Regional Tourism Investment Fund is bringing the project to life in two stages.
The first stage saw the creation of a 120-seat casual eatery, Bonnie, which opened in January. Offering pizzas and platters with outdoor dining space, the eatery caters for groups and families.
Stage two includes the redevelopment of the winery’s cellar door and replaces the famed Terrace Restaurant with Kin, a modern fine-dining restaurant.
Construction on the restaurant site has started and is due to be complete by mid-June.
The pandemic in 2020 provided an opportunity for All Saints’ owners, director Eliza Brown and her siblings Nick and Angela to dream up big plans for their business.
“The three of us really wanted to come out of lockdown with a great plan for a redevelopment of All Saints,” Eliza said. “We were lucky to get that support from the government to realise our dream.”
A previous trip to California’s Napa Valley helped to fuel Eliza, Nick and Angela’s dream for the estate.
“We travelled to Napa Valley and saw a huge international market that northeast Victoria wasn’t tapping into. We wanted to make sure we were setting up a business for national and international tourism that was of the same standard.
“When you go to the Napa Valley, the way they service the customer is out of this world. It was a beautiful thing when you’re greeted at the door.
“Our dream was to be able to host our wine club members in a way they deserve. We wanted to relocate the brand loyalty here in Australia, so our members feel like family and are shown that special country hospitality,” she said.
Eliza believes the winery’s redevelopment will help lift the profile of Rutherglen and inject more energy into the region.
“The interest in buildings and design and the history in Rutherglen is really starting to peak,” she explained.
“It makes local people feel they’ve got something to show off and be proud of.”