Nestled in picturesque North-Eastern Victoria, the Rutherglen region boasts some of the nation’s finest vineyards. With fertile soils and a consistent climate, the area produces a wide range of wine types that are enjoyed around the world.
Established in 1864, All Saints Estate is one of Australia’s original wineries. Its established vineyards produce a variety of wine types while its sprawling facilities offer unique venue spaces for a range of events. All Saints Estate even boasts its own castle, complete with turrets and a tower.
Meanwhile its sister estate, St Leonards – located on the banks of the Murray River – produces a collection of wines from Shiraz and Chardonnay to Semillon and Malbec. When it comes to events, the vineyard offers diverse options including open-air spaces and intimate rooms. The estate’s main wine storage area, the Great Hall, is lined with 100-year-old oak casks.
Key Challenge – Managing a growing events calendar
As the popularity of both estates has risen, the number of events hosted each year has increased into the hundreds. All Saints Estate Event and Venue Manager, Ellen Funston says the events range from weddings and private parties to corporate retreats and board meetings.
“Weddings definitely represent the majority of events for us,” she says. “However, we are actively growing our number of corporate clients and this is leading to more demand in that area.”
In terms of size, clients’ events range from intimate dinners for 12 people up to large events seating 400 in the Great Hall. Each event requires careful planning of everything from food and beverages to extras such as entertainment and table decorations.