I had to meet the interesting people who would name their winery “Wicked Virgin”. The colourful banner waving in the wind welcomed us to this family operated Wicked Virgin Winery at Rutherglen on the Murray River in Victoria.
John and Laurel had planted vines and olives and have built a quaint mud brick earth building from an old shearing shed as their cellar door and cafe. Quaint, rustic, charming and welcoming, they have revisited the history of the region’s wineries and the building of the Wicket Virgin estate, with photographs on the walls and albums and folder telling the stories of the wine industry around the area and the building of their cellar door.
Incorporating olive oil from their own grove and fresh produce on the menu, the café was busy the day we visited, with soup, frittata, and cheese being our choice for lunch. I chose a sparkling shiraz to enjoy with my cold plate.
The resident peacock kept the children entertained while they waited for their lunch and the green lawn and gardens overlooking the olive grove made us linger awhile and sit outside in the sun.
The Wicked Virgin Winery and Café was a great venue to spend a relaxing lunch and well worth the visit.