Whether you’re North East Victoria born-and-bred, or you’re a Melbourne, Canberra or Sydney couple looking to escape the city to wed, the scenic surrounds of Rutherglen make an excellent choice thanks to world-class food, wine, venues and wedding suppliers. And since a cracking venue is the foundation to an incredible wedding, here are five Rutherglen gems worth shortlisting.
 Corowa Whisky and Chocolate
Set in a restored heritage-listed 1920’s flour mill, Corowa Whisky and Chocolate offers a breathtaking exterior that belies a charmingly rustic vibe inside. Authentic touches including original 1919 hand-crafted bricks made on-site add to the charm, while the venue is also home to one of Australia’s biggest whisky distilleries (yep, be sure to mention that to your groom). The in-house catering team turn out impressive meals sure to satisfy your guests, who can then head to the 14-metre polished concrete bar and take their pick of local wines, craft beers plus, according to the owners, ‘every spirit imaginable’ – and of course, over 200 single malt whiskies from around the globe. Meanwhile, impressive 40-foot ceilings make for a memorable turn on the dance floor.
Capacity: 400 cocktail, 200 seated
Address: 20-24 Steel Street, Corowa, NSW, 2646
Phone: (02) 6033 1311
 St Leonard’s Vineyard
One of Australia's oldest wineries, St Leonards Vineyard is oozing with old-world charm. The venue is perched on the banks of the Murray River and features immaculately restored historic buildings (dating back to 1860 no less) and estate vineyards framed by national park. Weddings are overseen by an experienced wedding and events team, and couples can take their pick from a choice of romantic spaces catering for intimate celebrations through to large epic affairs. Exchange vows outdoors or in, then for the reception, Harold's Room offers uninterrupted views over sweeping lawns and vineyards (20-80 guests) while for larger soirees, The Barrel Hall features an open barn-style roof with original beams for a truly rustic, romantic vibe (50-150 guests).
Capacity: 20-150, depending on choice of space
Address: 201 St Leonards Road, Wahgunyah (Rutherglen), Vic, 3687
Phone: 1800 021 621
 Springhurst Butter Factory
Another Rutherglen wine region favourite, as the names suggests Springhurst Butter Factory is a former butter factory, built way back in 1893. Weddings are held in the old wooden barn, which spills onto a beautiful outdoor area boasting a magnificent old wisteria, all surrounded by 3.5 acres of gardens. A gorgeously relaxed setting, the venue features an inbuilt bar and seats up to 140 people (with plenty of room for the dance floor, of course). Bonus: it sleeps 25, making it a perfect pick if you’re planning on a large bridal party.
Capacity: 200 cocktail, 140 seated
Address: 160 Anzac Road, Springhurst, Vic, 3682
Phone: (03) 5726 5656
 John Gehrig Wines
This family owned-and-run venue sits pretty among 250 acres of vineyards. The owners, husband-and-wife team Ross and Meghan, have dubbed the venue “a rustic blank canvas awaiting your creative dreams” and pride themselves on working collaboratively with couples to realise their dream day. Take your pick of outdoor scenic spots for the ceremony, then get lost among the vines with your groom for the photos. Receptions are held inside the charming heritage-listed cellar door, which can be styled according to the theme of the day, then guests can dance under the stars beneath stunning festoon lights (estate-grown wine in hand) - or if you’re planning a winter wedding, the large wood fire lends a cosy ambience.
Capacity: 200+ cocktail, 120 seated (no minimum guest number)
Address: 1326 Gooramadda Road, Gooramadda, Victoria, 3685
Phone: (03) 5727 3395
This historic property is home to a vineyard, cellar door, restaurant, wine bar and art gallery (so it’s safe to say your guests will be happily entertained during the photo session). Tuileries features a gorgeous wedding garden for the ceremony and offers a range of reception options including the Function Room - complete with dance floor - for larger celebrations (up to 140 people), the Tuileries restaurant (up to 50 people) and even a marquee (up to 60 people). Whether you choose to ring in married life with a cocktail party, grazing menu, country lunch or sit-down dinner, it will be accompanied with exceptional food and award-winning wines, complete with waiter and bar service. A dedicated wedding team and planning service is also on hand.
Capacity: 50-140 guests, depending on choice of space
Address: 13-35 Drummond St Rutherglen, Vic, 3685
Phone: (02) 6032 9033