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“Great small winery”

Scion Vineyard & Winery
Ranked #2 of 25 things to do in Rutherglen
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Scion is a dynamic and creative boutique wine business established in Rutherglen, North East Victoria. Visit our intimate cellar door, take a wander through our 8-acre vineyard and be guided through our tiny winery. Meet the makers and enjoy our quintessential Australian country setting, only 2km south of the Rutherglen township.Our fruit is carefully hand-picked, wines are innovative/non-traditional and are hand-made with a focus on quality. We specialise in working with the varieties Muscat and Durif, which have been traditionally grown in Rutherglen for many years.We have a distinctive lineage in the Rutherglen region: inspired great-great granddaughter Jan Milhinch and son Rowly established Scion Vineyard from bare earth, 'scions' of pioneering Rutherglen vigneron (1859) GF Morris.Since planting in 2002, Scion has won trophies and gold medals with their hand-crafted wines including Best Australian Durif awarded at the 2010 Rutherglen Wine Show and Best Fortified for 2010 as described by Jeni Port with their Sweet Durif. They have developed innovative styles using the famous Muscat grape variety, including the delicate Rose Muscat dessert wine, a dry aromatic Orange Muscat Rosé and drier aperitif fortified wine, a vintage Brown Muscat.Don't forget to find Scion Vineyard & Winery on Facebook or follow on Twitter.
Reviewed 2 January 2014

I've been visiting Rutherglen for years but only just discovered this great little winery. We were greeted by the winemaker. He's clearly enthused by wine making, growing mainly Durif and Muscatel grapes. He uses these to make a wide variety of styles, from a crisp dry muscat, perfect for summer drinking to a chocolaty Durif fortified that goes beautifully with dark chocolate and a late harvest Muscadelle dessert wine that will go beautifully with summer fruits or pavlova. The Durif blended with grenache, shiraz and mouvedre was superb. This is one of those gems of a winery you find every now and then.

Thank Chris A
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Rowland M, Owner at Scion Vineyard & Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2014

Hi Chris A,

Thanks for your comments, really glad that you had a nice time at Cellar Door. Hope that your Rutherglen experience was a great one!

Cheers,

Rowly

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Reviewed 27 December 2013 via mobile

Small place and I have gone by before, but not this time and never again. Visit it's worth it. The use of Durif is totally different to the way the others are doing it. Quiet atmosphere and knowledgeable presentation. Take the time to visit and expand your mind to new minds.

Thank Ron B
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Rowland M, Owner at Scion Vineyard & Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2013

Hi Ron B,

Thanks for your comments! I'm really pleased that you enjoyed your time at cellar door, thanks for visiting. Durif is certainly one of our specialities, it's always great to hear that you appreciated my winemaking approach.

Cheers,

Rowly

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Reviewed 4 October 2013 via mobile

Absolutely adored the 2010 Affinity and was encouraged to try the 2012 After Dark which brought me back to desert wines!

Spent the day in the region, ended at Scion which was a complete standout.

Thank tazz2007
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Rowland M, Owner at Scion Vineyard & Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2013

Thanks for your feedback Tazz2007,

Always great to hear of a dessert wine rediscovery! Hope that your time in the region was enjoyable, hope to see you again soon

Cheers,

Rowly

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Reviewed 22 June 2013

We loved this winery. Out of all the wineries we went to over a 2 day period it was the smallest but the best. Roly the owner took us on a personalised tour with tastings. The passion this young man shows for his spin on wine making is insipiring.

Highly recommend, well worth a visit.

Thank Sambos62
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Rowland M, Owner at Scion Vineyard & Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2013

Hi Sambos62,

Thanks for your review! Really glad that you had a great experience at Cellar Door and that you enjoyed the wines! It was a pleasure to tour you through the winery and hope to see you again soon!

Rowly

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Reviewed 15 April 2013

Do yourself a favour and visit Scion Vineyard & Winery and enjoy the pleasure of Rowly walking you through their selection of wine and the innovation/creativity of it's production!
This would have to be the best Vineyard/Winery we have ever been to (and we have been to a few) and I would recommend Scion to all my friends and family as a must when you are in Rutherglen - in fact if you do not go you have let yourself down! By the way the wine is to die for!

Thank travellercanberra
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Rowland M, Owner at Scion Vineyard & Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2013

Hi travellercanberra,

Love the Molly Meldrum introduction and thank you for the humbling feedback. Really pleased that you enjoyed your time at cellar door and hope that you are able to visit again soon!

Cheers,
Rowly

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