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About rutherglen beefsteak & burgundy club

At the Rutherglen Beefsteak & Burgundy Club, we believe that good food, good wine, and good company are the perfect recipe for a great time.

Our dinners are usually held on the third Thursday of each month, with nine dinners per year. Each month, a different member hosts the dinner at a restaurant of their choice. The host selects the wine and works with the restaurant to create a menu that pairs perfectly with it.

The Rutherglen Beefsteak and Burgundy Club is a wonderful way to connect with local people who share a love of great food and fine wine. Dinners are filled with great conversation, laughter, and the joy of discovering new and exciting flavours.

Dinners are usually held in local Rutherglen restaurants as well as those in the surrounding areas, including Corowa, Albury, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Beechworth, Stanley, and more. So, whether you’re a seasoned foodie or a curious novice, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about wines and indulge in the best food that our area has to offer.

Get in touch about coming to our next dinner. We’re sure you’ll make new friends, create lasting memories, and experience the best of what our region has to offer.

our history

The original Beefsteak and Burgundy Club was established in 1954 in Adelaide. 

Twenty years later, 13 May 1974, the Rutherglen Beefsteak and Burgundy Branch was established. 

The following is an excerpt from the Brief Histories of the Affiliated Beefsteak and Burgundy Clubs compiled by Beefsteak and Burgundy. 

Nine petitioners in the vicinity of the town of Rutherglen in Victoria applied to establish a branch there. As might be expected, given the region, most of the petitioners were connected with the wine industry in one capacity or another. These included: wine chemist, winery supervisor, winery technician, oenologist, laboratory assistant and winemaker.

They were awarded the one hundred and forty-sixth Charter by the Club Committee at its 13 May 1974 meeting.

The first President of the new Branch was James Elson, the wine chemist, Vice-President, Arthur McMahon, the winery technician, Foodmaster, Belinda Powells, the laboratory assistant, Winemaster, Andrew Birks, the oenologist, with the rest of the Committee members being Russell Hunt, the winery supervisor, Rodney Feller, the winemaker, and Alex McDonald, a public servant at the Rutherglen Research Station.

Clearly with Belinda Powells being a founding member, the Branch was a mixed one from
its beginning.

Today our club’s members continue to enjoy the great food and wine of the Rutherglen and surrounding regions.

We are looking forward to celebrating the 50 Year Anniversary of the Rutherglen Beefsteak and Burgundy Club in 2024.