Scion Vineyard and Winery
74 Slaughterhouse Road, Rutherglen, VIC
02 6032 8844
Scion was established with the planting of vines in 2002 by Jan Milhinch. Soon after, her son Rowly joined the business. Jan and Rowly have a family history in Rutherglen that dates to the late 1800s; they are descendants of the Morris family, whose viticultural and winemaking heritage is rich and extensive.
A decade on from Scion’s first plantings, Rowly is now at the helm of the business and makes wines that weave a creative twist into the family narrative. “Whilst we tip our hat to regional traditions, we focus on forging a new path to make considered food wines in styles we ourselves enjoy,” says Rowly.
Scion is a true boutique winery, with its single eight-acre vineyard comprising durif, viognier, brown muscat and orange muscat – traditional warm-climate varietals that grow well in the Rutherglen Wine Region. Visitors to Scion’s contemporary cellar door are likely to be welcomed by Rowly or Jan themselves, who offer an intimate, personalised tasting journey. As part of the experience, tasters are encouraged to nibble on a local olive, perhaps, or a dark chocolate leaf to help show that good food and Scion wine belong together!
Rowly claims that “our wines are made in the vineyard”, with hand-picking enabling selection of only premium fruit. This intimate operation has developed a reputation for embracing seasonal change. When drinking a Scion wine, expect to taste a wine that reflects the growing year and the nuances that create interest in a wine.
“Our wines are a juxtaposition of old and new,” says Rowly. “We planted traditional grape varieties, however craft wines that contrast with the styles synonymous with Rutherglen tradition.” The winery’s Durif Viognier, a co-fermented fusion of red and white grapes, serves as a good example. Introducing a tiny percentage of Viognier during fermentation throws a unique twist into the production of durif. It displays an elegant palate, aromatic red berry nose and long, balanced tannins. As with most Scion wines, it’s one that loves food – perhaps slow cooked lamb shoulder, or a rare steak.
Scion Winery is located 2km from the centre of Rutherglen, and is open every day of the year except Christmas. The cellar door’s architecture combines corrugated iron and 120-yearold red gum posts with a modern decor and contemporary artwork. Cyclists are welcome.