About This Venue
Mount Ophir Estate a unique and exclusive property in the rural district of Rutherglen in northern Victoria, Australia. It has 360-degree views of the surrounding area, including the Murray River Basin and the Snowy Mountains to the east.
Mount Ophir Estate was established in 1891 and was regarded as the largest state-of-the-art wine producing complex in the world. At that time it was owned and created by the Burgoyne family who were prominent London business people. Their vision was to make the property into the wine centre of Australia.
The property initially boasted 740 acres of vines and approximately twenty houses to accommodate the management and staff. It also had its own football and cricket team which regularly won the local Rutherglen competition. The wine bore the royal seal of England and was transported via rail to port and then via steam ships to ‘the mother country’ to satisfy the palate of British aristocracy. The winery closed in 1955, and today the 740-acre estate has been reduced to 140 acres.
Mount Ophir Estate is currently operating as an exclusive site for private events, unique accommodation (which will eventually accommodate fifty people) and a functioning organic vineyard and farm. Mount Ophir Estate’s philosophy is to be gentle on the environment. Since the early 1980’s it was converted to organics, producing high-quality Shiraz, Durif and Muscat. Sheep, emu’s, geese, an apiary and peacocks roam the beautiful estate in a quiet and gentle environment.
Mount Ophir Estate is a bespoke private event venue where you can create your dream event. There is a designated ceremony location ‘Celebration Lake’, or you can choose your ceremony location. The main winery building houses six main halls over two levels which can accommodate from 80 to 300 people, or multiple events in separate rooms. We can offer the services of event professionals who can bring your vision to life. We are lucky enough in the region to have a host of creative professionals, planners, coordinators, stylists, florists and furniture. We can also direct you to the best event caterers, and beverage suppliers.
The unique French Provincial tower is currently undergoing a transformation into 5-star accommodation. A spiral staircase leads to a private sitting room on the second floor and a bedroom suite at the top. Due to be completed by June 2017.
The main original homestead which housed the original owners of the estate accommodates up to 10 people. Due to be completed by July 2017.
Situated on the southern side of the magnificent property, a house which is off the beaten track close enough to walk and feed the emus, stroll around the castle, but five minutes to Rutherglen. The self-contained, restored Gatehouse accommodates ten people. Due to be completed by March 2017.
Two other unique suites, stables and other buildings which are in various stages of restoration.
The total accommodation capability will be 50 people.
Established plantings, such as the low yielding and high-quality Vineyard, Shiraz, Durif and Muscat. An award winning Olive Grove, Quince ‘walk’ and an array of fruit trees.
- AV system
- Bar area
- Bridal change room
- BYO alcohol
- BYO catering
- Clean-up included
- Fire pit
- Marquee or Tent
- No curfew
- Tables and seating
- Wet weather cover
- Wheelchair Access
- Air conditioning
- Hair Dryer
- Linen supplied
- Open fireplace
- Towels supplied
- Washing machine
- Wheelchair access
Owner / Manager
Having over 10 years of experience organising weddings and special events, I like to think of myself not as a coordinator but as “your friend with the answers.” I love transforming a couple’s dream into reality and fulfilling their desire to experience the most incredible day of their lives. I love working with each individual couple as they personalise their special day.
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