We woke to some magical scenes of the Murray River filled with misty fog and took the morning nice and slow to enjoy camp before commencing our day of exploring the regions renowned produce, wineries and distilleries.
First on the list was Pfeiffer’s Winery, a family-owned winery set in a pretty idyllic location. We met Ann who gave us such a warm welcome and even took us on a quick tour around the vineyard in her 4WD, giving us insight into how they produce their wines and showing us the wetlands and parks surrounding. What makes the winery really unique is that you can take a seat on Sunday Creek Bridge while you enjoy your wine – a beautiful historic timber bridge built over a lake. We really enjoyed this experience and recommend visiting Pfeiffer’s Winery for a glass or two.
From here we checked out a local coffee joint called Caffeine N Machine that Ann recommended us to visit. Located on the main street of Rutherglen, they not only dished up amazing coffee, but have a vintage car and motorcycle display we really enjoyed browsing. Caffeinated, we paid a quick visit to the towns centre masterpiece – the Big Wine Bottle. The water tower, now affectionally called the Wine Bottle was completed in the 1900 and once held 72,000 gallons. You get some pretty good views and the winding road up to it makes from some pretty epic content.
Our next spot was Corowa Distilling Co. We met co-owner Dean who gave us the most unreal experience. Set on the banks of the Murray River, the once thriving Flour Mill exported grains worldwide and built the town of Corowa, however when it closed its doors in 1970 it was left to decay and the town took a big hit. 40 years on, and some big dreams, they bought it for a dollar (yes a dollar – they’ve even got the original check inside) from the council with the one promise ‘to bring it back to life & put Corowa back on the map.’ And sure enough they did, renovating the mill into a bustling venue and have created some impeccable whiskies that have won numerous awards. Oh, and did I mention they also have a chocolate factory too. Dean took us behind the scenes showing us first-hand how they make their whisky, taking us to areas where they store the barrels & sure enough ended the tour with a full tasting. We left on such a high & are so grateful to have had the experience we did.
Now late afternoon, we boosted it 50kms west to our camp spot for the night just outside of Yarrawonga. We pulled up at Forges Beach No. 1, which once again is free with toilets & is located on a wide bend of the Murray River with even a sandy beach.