Take the train to lunch at Passing Clouds Winery »

New platform at the vineyard delivers diners to the door for food and wine

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Good wine and company, Passing Clouds

Good wine and company, Passing Clouds [©Marine Hawson]

Passing Cloud's view over winery & train station
Visiting Passing Clouds Winery for a wine tasting
The train stops here, Passing Clouds
The train station at Passing Clouds

 

We love this! Historically, public transport to vineyards is generally woeful. But no longer! In an adventurous and exciting collaboration between Passing Clouds Winery (in Victoria's Daylesford region) and Spa Country Railway, co-funded by Regional Development Victoria’s Wine Growth Fund, visitors can now arrive by train at Passing Clouds – one of the region’s best food and wine destinations – at its very own branded platform at Musk, just 6 kilometres from the thriving spa town, Daylesford.

Mary Ann Thomas, MP officially opened the Passing Clouds Platform at Musk in mid July, and the first public train from the Daylesford to Passing Clouds operated on Sunday 22nd July.

The historic Railmotor will depart the Daylesford Market every Sunday at 9.45am, 11.00am, 12.15pm, 13.45pm 15.00pm, the journey taking approximately 17 minutes to arrive at Passing Clouds platform at Musk then on to Bullarto.

The last train to depart the Passing Clouds platform returning to Daylesford each Sunday is at 3.18pm.

An exclusive Passing Clouds train + wine + dine package is on offer every Sunday of the year. For just $290 per couple you can leave the car behind, and in an Australian first, travel by train to Passing Clouds. Here you can enjoy a fabulous lunch at the Dining Room inclusive of a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, a 4-course share plate lunch with matching Passing Clouds wines, hand selected by Head Winemaker Cameron Leith. For bookings, please contact Passing Clouds directly on (03) 5348 5550.

The initiative, led by Passing Clouds’ Cameron & Marion Leith, was designed to create a remarkable and unique experience for wine tourists and includes a complete re-build of the Passing Clouds cellar door.

Together with Spa Country Railway and with the funding provided by the Wine Growth Fund, the railway platform has been constructed at the bottom of the Passing Clouds estate and a new stop added to the regular timetable, making Passing Clouds a must-visit destination for wine enthusiasts, taking away the risks associated with drink driving.

“We also aim to further increase patronage with our collaboration with Spa Country Railway and the new Passing Clouds platform at Musk which will be a stop on the regular train route and add a remarkable and unique experience for wine tourists. Like no other in Australia.” notes Cameron.

Passing Clouds, part of the Macedon Ranges wine region, produces some of the best cool climate wines in the region and offers a holistic wine tourism experience with a new cellar door, popular dining room, winery and vineyard.

“In just two short years since we opened the Dining Room at Passing Clouds, visitation to the estate has increased exponentially and the demand for the small space we had available for cellar door visitors was being pushed to its limits. The new cellar door allows visitors to take in the whole Passing Clouds experience in a fabulous new, modern, inclusive, open space. We couldn’t be happier to know visitors will now get the full experience when they visit us.” says Cameron Leith.

The new cellar door, opened in June, has incredible views as one of the region's highest altitude vineyards and a seamless light-filled space now integrates the Dining Room and cellar door experience. While walk-in tastings are always available, bookings are encouraged which can include a seated tasting and share platters to be enjoyed in the cellar door.

For more general information regarding the Spa Country Railway timetable and fares please refer to www.dscr.com.au All seating is non-reserved and bookings are not required. Tickets are available from the ticket office at Daylesford railway station prior to departure. General train travel Return - Adult $15, Concession $14 and Child $13.

More about Passing Clouds
Passing Clouds is the name given to the tiny family-owned wine producer when in 1974 having tirelessly hand planted their central Victorian Bendigo vineyard, they were hoping for rain. Rain clouds would come, threaten and pass, and on old gold diggings and a deserted creek bed, they planted Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

Under the watch of Cameron Leith and the mentoring of his father Graeme, a full range of wines from the dual regions makes up the Passing Clouds portfolio; Shiraz & Cabernet from Bendigo, and Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Macedon.

The brand has made Musk its home, with a superb new cellar door facility which houses The Dining Room where guests can experience first-hand the family's hospitality. “We want people to feel like they are part of the Passing Clouds family, stepping inside our Dining Room”.

With the promise of always respecting the produce both in their fashioning of grapes for wine and local produce for serving in their Dining Room, minimal intervention is the premise on which all their efforts are based.

Located at Musk, barely 6 kilometres from the centre of Daylesford,  Passing Clouds’ new Cellar Door is open 7 days a week 10am – 5pm.
The Dining Room is open Friday to Monday for lunch from noon. Bookings essential (03) 5348 5550 or feast@passingclouds.com.au

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  • Macedon Ranges & Spa Country (VIC)

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