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Sunday 29 November 2015

Thousand Pound proves a million dollar hit

Rutherglen has a chic new wine bar that has been pulling in the punters since it opened early in 2015. 

Thousand Pound has been developed by Denis Lucey (Bottega Melbourne) and the Brown family from All Saints Estate and St Leonards. 

As you'd expect given such provenance it is a hip and happening affair with an excellent selection of wines both by the glass and the bottle - and a good range of gourmet snacks.

The venue is equally popular with locals and visitors; who flock to Rutherglen at weekends to sip on the region's famous fortified wines, durifs and shirazes. 

In a town with several old school pubs, it takes social drinking to a whole new level.

"After talking to the locals, it seemed that there was an opportunity to open a wine bar in the main street that was relaxed and inviting enough to come in alone and have a glass of wine at the bar or meet up with some friends," says Denis Lucey. "We feel that it will give the town a much needed meeting place for locals and tourists."

Originally only open for three nights, Thousand Pound is now open from Thursday to Sunday evenings.

Nick Brown says he crafted the extensive wine list with family and friends in mind. Wines have been sourced predominantly from ‘family owned’ wineries, and winemakers and wineries that he admires. 

"We grew up in a family that doesn’t judge a person on what wine they drink," he says. "We wanted our thirsty local crowd to be able to discover wines that we love to drink from ‘family owned’ Australian wineries to wineries abroad that we have a special affiliation with."

Thosuand Pound, which has a lovely warm vibe and friendly, helpful staff. also has a small offering of local and imported, cider, beers and spirits. 

Housed in an original Victorian store front in Rutherglen’s historic Main Street, Thousand Pound has bar has seating, and high tables in the main room, with an inviting alcove with wine barrels for intimate groups. 

Chefs Simon Arkless and Cait Mitchelhill from the hatted Terrace Restaurant at All Saints Estate prepare humble, fresh, bar food, such as house-smoked salmon, and local marinated olives.

Thousand Pound, 82 Main St, Rutherglen. (02) 6035 2222.

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