Address: Cofield Wines, Distillery Rd, Wahgunyah, VIC 3687

Phone: 02 6033 2377

Cellar Door with Best Food in Rutherglen

6 Apr 2016 9:00 PM -
Cofield Wines & The Pickled Sisters Cafe were delighted to be named Rutherglen's Cellar Door with Best Food in the latest edition of Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine. The April/May Edition featured the nationwide winners in the Australia's Best Cellar Door Awards. 

Other Rutherglen Wineries to be recognised were:
STAR CELLAR DOOR - All Saints Estate
BEST LARGE CELLAR DOOR - Rutherglen Estates

Our thanks to all our wonderful staff and loyal customers, and congratulations to all the other winners.

Pickled Sisters named Australia's Best Cafe Restaurant

3 Feb 2016 3:21 PM -

The Pickled Sisters Cafe has won the best cafe/restaurant category in the National Savour Australia™ Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence 2015.

The national award followed on from the cafe's earlier win in the Victoria/Tasmania regional awards. More than 220 restaurants, cafes and catering businesses were judged across 41 categories, with the winners announced at the Awards for Excellence gala dinner held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on Monday 26 October.

The awards recognise hospitality operators who provide exceptional service, demonstrate culinary excellence, and great value for money. The Awards for Excellence criteria is determined by consumers who rank what is important to them in the dining experience.


The Pickled Sisters Cafe wins Best Regional Cafe Restaurant

22 Jul 2015 12:39 PM -

The  Pickled Sisters Cafe is thrilled to win the Victorian Regional/Tasmanian Cafe Restaurant category in the Victoria & Tasmania Savour Australia™ Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence 2015!

The winners were announced at the Awards for Excellence ceremony held at Peninsula, Docklands on Monday 20th July.

The Awards for Excellence is a nationally recognised, independently judged awards program that celebrates exceptional service and culinary talent across Australia. 

The Awards for Excellence, now in its 17th year, is judged by an independent team of trained judges who anonymously visit the venues to determine the winners. The scores are based on the entire dining experience from food to the customer service experienced when the judges anonymously dine.

The Pickled Sisters Cafe will now compete with other region finalists at the National Savour AustraliaTM Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence to be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on Monday 26th October 2015.

Tastes of Rutherglen 2015 - Sample the Best!

3 Mar 2015 8:17 PM -
A great article on some of the mouth watering offerings coming up during Tastes of Rutherglen over the March long weekend. 
On Saturday we are serving slow braised pork cheek with fennel, apple & red onion salad, citrus, honey & Milawa Mustard dressing with Cofield Wines 2006 Reserve Release Pinot Noir Chardonnay. And on Sunday enjoy our Beef Bourguignon tart with potato, chive & pancetta salad with a glass of Cofield 2013 Sparkling Shiraz. 
View the full article by Sue Wallace here.

Pickled Sisters featured in The Australian

3 Mar 2015 8:05 PM -
In the lead up to Tastes of Rutherglen, read about some of the fabulous food and wine offerings available over the March long weekend here.

Seasonal Food Foray features in Australian Traveller Magazine

12 Aug 2014 5:54 PM -
With Spring fast approaching now is the perfect time to start planning your next break, whether it be a weekend away or simply a day exploring some of the fabulous wine and food offerings available in Rutherglen...

Our Seasonal Food Foray, combining 4 gourmet delights at 4 iconic Rutherglen wineries, is the perfect way to do this. Check out the recent Tour de Taste article in the latest edition of Australian Traveller magazine here and be inspired by this and other cycling adventures in Victoria's fabulous North East. 

Pickled Sisters' one of Australia's favourite bike-friendly cafes

8 Apr 2014 7:31 AM -
In the April-May edition of 'Ride On' Magazine, The Pickled Sisters Cafe has made the list of the Top 50 bike-friendly cafes in Australia, as voted by readers. Check out the full list here

Pickled Sisters in the 2014 Age Good Food Guide

13 Sep 2013 9:38 PM -

The Pickled Sisters Cafe has been reviewed and listed in the latest edition of The Age Good Food Guide.

"Enjoying brunch, a long lunch, coffee and cake or cheese and a glass of wine in the sun-filled dining room or on the comfortable deck is a local pastime. Quality ingredients and warm hospitality combine in dishes such as vineyard platters, twice-cooked Milawa goat's cheese souffle, and muscat-glazed duck. Browsing the well-stocked takeaway larder for house-made preserves and some of the region's best produce before departure is a must."

The Pickled Sisters Cafe is also featured in the Country Coffee Trail and has been included in the Good Food Guide every year since 2005.



Sir and M'Lady visit Pickled Sisters

15 Jun 2013 10:28 AM -

We were delighted to welcome Sir & M'Lady recently for breakfast at the cafe. If you haven't heard of them already, they are the authors of one of Australia's fastest growing food blogs, Sir and M'Lady Dine Out. To read their review of The Pickled Sisters Cafe, and to check out their blog please click here.

Rutherglen Slow Roast Sundays

12 Jun 2013 6:07 PM -

A Sunday roast in the midst of a cold Rutherglen winter, complete with a delicious dessert and wine to match.

Join us at The Pickled Sisters Cafe every Sunday in June (excluding the Queen's Birthday Long weekend) for a delicious Sunday roast. Enjoy succulent confit Milawa free range chicken with roast potatoes, tomatoes, mushrooms and spinach matched to a glass of Pfeiffer Pinot Noir, followed by a divine dessert of ginger bread and butter pudding with spiced roast pears and a glass of Pfeiffer Late Harvest Muscadelle.

Cost: $45 per person

Dates: Sunday 2nd, 16th, 23rd and 30th June

Bookings can be made on 02 6033 2377 or email

Part of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival's 'The Roast Collection'

Pickled Sisters a finalist in Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence

2 Jun 2013 11:48 AM -

The list of finalists has just been announced for this year's Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence Victoria. We are very excited that The Pickled Sisters Cafe is a finalist in the Best Cafe Restaurant (Regional) Category for the fourth year in a row! 

Thank you very much to all those who nominated us for the Awards.

Winners are announced on the 8th July 2013.

To see the full list of finalists click here.

Pickled Sisters Favourites in February...

3 Feb 2013 3:00 PM -

February is our favourites month at The Pickled Sisters Cafe. Each week during the month of February we are celebrating some of our all time favourite dishes at The Pickled Sisters Cafe, all paired with a glass of our favourite Cofield Wine.

Week 1: Honey & Muscat glazed Confit Duck served on polenta chips with a spiced orange, walnut & rocket salad. Enjoy with a glass of Cofield Sparkling Shiraz for $30
Week 2: Zucchini & Milawa Bianco Souffle with tomato sugo & Milawa Capricornia crisp. Matched with a glass of Cofield Marsanne Viognier for $22
Week 3: Soft Meringue Roulade with fresh strawberries & passionfruit syrup, with a glass of Cofield Botrytis Muscadelle for $15
Week 4: Milawa Free Range Chicken & Pistachio Terrine with peach chutney, with a glass of Cofield Chardonnay
Rutherglen Muscat & Chicken Liver Pate with fennel & turmeric pickles, with a glass of Cofield Sparkling Shiraz. Both for $19.50

Postcards Visits Rutherglen

4 Nov 2012 12:56 PM -

Postcards was in town recently showcasing the Boobs, Bikes and Bubbles cycling package, including a visit to The Pickled Sisters Cafe and Cofield Wines. It was a delight to host Giaan Rooney and the Postcards team. If you missed the episode which aired on November 4th check out all the details here..

Postcards Episode

Tuesday Roast featuring Pickled Sister's own Stewart Gilchrist

22 Oct 2011 9:29 PM -

Great profile in The Age Epicure of Owner/Chef Stewart Gilchrist. Read the full article here.

Great Wine Drives - Rutherglen

3 Aug 2011 10:13 PM -

Great write up on Rutherglen in this month's Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine, including The Pickled Sisters Cafe and Cofield Wines. Check it out at

The Age Saturday 27th November 2010

29 Nov 2010 6:50 AM -

SUNDAY LUNCH. The Pickled Sisters Cafe was featured in The Age travel section as an ideal spot for Sunday Lunch.

A vineyard platter full of local treats seems a perfect choice as we dine on the large deck under an umbrella at the Pickled Sisters Cafe at Wahgunyah, in the heart of the Rutherglen wine region.
Our platter features homemade chicken terrine and chutney; Rutherglen Muscat and chicken liver pate, which has a velvety texture; Butt’s smoked trout; spiced eggplant; Gooramadda olives; and Milawa cheese ($23.50) which is a tasty introduction to the fresh produce of the area and goes so well with red bubbles from the Cofield winery where the cafe is located.
We have already been given the thumbs up by a local who insists the twice Baked Milawa Goat’s Cheese Souffle on tomato sugo with dressed rocket ($19.50) is a stand out, so we put it to the test and agree.
Stewart Gilchrist and Marion Hansford took over the cafe in 2004. Good food was in their blood, Marion worked at Stephanie Alexander's acclaimed Richmond Hill Cafe and Larder for many years and Stewart from Scotland had clocked up more than 30 years working at different restaurants.
They met on the Isle of Arran where Hansford would often pick wild herbs on the roadside and collect seafood fresh from the trawlers. Their love of fresh local produce is reflected in the menu.
We selected Brimin Lodge Murray Cod Cappelletti with a cucumber and ginger veloute ($22.50) and a glass of 2010 Cofield sauvignon blanc ($7)  and ras el hanout crusted rump of Riverina Lamb with onion puree, dahl lentil cakes and  minted yoghurt dressing ($30) with a glass of  2005 Cofield cabernet sauvignon ($8).
Gilchrist is renowned for his scrumptious desserts. His passionfruit cream cannelloni with yoghurt ice cream and berry compote  and miille feuille of poached pear with pastry cream and chocolate sauce ($11.50 each) are a perfect finale to a memorable lunch.

Reviewed by Sue Wallace, who was hosted by North East Victoria Tourism.

Pickled Sisters featured in The North East Cookbook

20 Nov 2010 7:37 PM -

Hot off the press, The North East Cookbook – from the Mountains to the Murray – represents a culinary and photographic journey of North East Victoria.

The emphasis of The North East Cookbook- from the Mountains to the Murray  is fresh... local... and vibrant.... whether it be delicious homemade pastas, savoury treats, mouth watering mains or decadent sweets; with a secret or two thrown in for good measure! The North East Cookbook- from the Mountains to the Murray has over 90 mouth-wateringrecipes from first class restaurants, cafes, primary producers and provenders of fine local produce located in the North East corner of Victoria. These recipes have been compiled by Bindy Welsh who has matched them with her stunning photography, which captures both the essence of the recipes and the region which inspires them.
The North East Cookbook – from the Mountains to the Murray is much more than a cookbook – it offers a visual feast that captures the vibrancy, energy and abundance that is a feature of North East Victoria. It is both a cookbook from which the home chef can recreate the recipes in their own kitchen and one which visually traces the unique landscape, personalities, ambience and fabulous food from the mountains to the Murray.

Stewart's recipes featured include the indulgent Muscat and Raisin Creme Brulee with coffee cream and sponge 'lady fingers' and the sumptuous 'Beef Cheek Wahgunyah' - Pickled Sisters Beef Bourguignon.

The North East Cook Book is available from The Pickled Sisters Cafe for $44.95. Order your copy now on 02 6033 2377 or email


Recipe in Gourmet Traveller

27 Sep 2010 5:18 PM -

Check out this month's edition of Gourmet Traveller for Stewart's Poppyseed Ricotta Cake with Lemon Curd. A favourite on our cake menu, pop on in and try it - I guarantee it will be your new favourite afternoon tea treat! 

2010 Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence Finalist

26 Aug 2010 8:57 PM -

The Pickled Sisters Cafe was a finalist in the Best Cafe Restaurant (Regional) category in the 2010 Restaurant and Catering (Victoria) Awards for Excellence announced on the 2nd August.