Victoria – Macedon Ranges – a day trip from Melbourne

Macedon Ranges Wine Region – on Melbourne's doorstep

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Hanging Rock Winery, Macedon Ranges, Victoria
Macedon Ranges Wine - Limited Edition postcards
Macedon Ranges Wine - Limited Edition postcards

 

The Macedon Ranges sit just on Melbourne’s door step, less than an hour from the city. The region’s vineyards are located along either side of the Great Dividing Range, with the wine of reflecting the climate and topography of this area.

Macedon wines have great diversity, ranging from sparkling varieties to riesling and shiraz however they all share characteristics of delicate fruit, natural acid and a steely backbone. The balance of alcohol, acidity and fruit provide complexity and longevity, and make the wines a superb match for a wide range of food.

 

Stop 1 – Gisborne Peak

First stop of the day is at Gisborne Peak Winery, located in Gisborne South. Owners Bob and Barbara Nixon have taken their philosophy on wine and translated it through their cellar door, providing a fun, relaxed, and casual atmosphere. The Nixon’s pride themselves on service like it used to be - warm and friendly and not too serious!

The Gisborne Peak wines are award-winning, single-vineyard, estate grown wines, including chardonnay, semillon, riesling, pinot noir. Gisborne Peak Winery is also home to MyVine, Adopt-a-Vine program.  This popular gift giving program is fun, quirky and educational.  People can adopt a vine for a 3-year period.  They are invited to Hands-On Days throughout the year to participate in the vineyard experience.

69 Short Road
Gisborne South
Phone: 03 5428 2228

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Stop 2 – Hanging Rock Winery

Onwards to Hanging Rock for a tasting that hopefully ends better than that picnic. With over 30 years experience in the wine industry, John and Ann Ellis established the Hanging Rock Winery in 1983 on the slopes of a small mountain known as the 'Jim Jim'.

Hanging Rock's Cellar Door is now the largest and busiest in the Macedon region, with over 25 wines available for tasting and purchase. Make sure to keep an eye out for the Macedon NV Brute L.D, a sparkling styled on the famous French marques like Bollinger and Krug. 

88 Jim Road
Newham, VIC, 3442
Phone: 03 5427 0542

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Stop 3 – Lunch at Cellar to Glass @ 101 (Kyneton)

Taking in the breath-taking views of the Macedon Ranges can work up a hunger! Re-charge your stomach with a bite at Cellar to Class @ 101 in Kyneton. A visit to Andrea and George’s café won’t leave you hungry, serving hearty dishes including everything from seafood chowders, to osso bucco and bangers and mash.

Cellar to Glass @ 101 proudly shows off the local produce on the wine list, with a comprehensive list available by the glass. They are open seven days a week for lunch and breakfast, and menu themed dinners two nights a week.

101 Mollison St
Kyneton, VIC, 3444
Phone (03) 54221355

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Stop 4 – Paramoor Farm

A relatively new kid on the block, Paramoor charms visitors with its looks and character. Discreetly located amongst native bushland high in the Macedon Ranges, the boutique winery is also home to a bed and breakfast, meticulously cared for by owners Will and Kath Fraser.

The 43 acre property was served as a working Clydesdale horse farm, with two horses still around to greet you as you arrive. The original heritage barn accommodates the cellar door and it is in this rustic environment that the Paramoor wines are showcased. The range of wines spans riesling, chardonnay and pinot gris, through to pinot noir, shiraz and cabernet blends.

439 Three Chain Road
Carlsruhe via Woodend, VIC, 3442
Phone: 03 5427 1057

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Stop 5 – Granite Hills

Finish your day at Granite Hills, one of Australia’s highest and most picturesque vineyards. Perched atop the spectacular boulder strewn hills of the Great Dividing Range at 550 meters altitude, the vines enjoy the old, granitic, sandy soils, accredited for producing its famous steely rieslings. 

Granite Hills lies at the northern tip of the Macedon Ranges wine region on Burke & Wills Track, the route taken by those famous explorers on their fateful journey north to the Gulf. With almost 40 years at the helm, the Knight Family pioneered winemaking in the Macedon Ranges region and since planting Granite Hills in 1970, has amassed some 400 awards at Australian and International wine shows.

1481 Burke and Wills Track
Baynton, VIC, 3444
Phone: 03 5423 7264

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Regions

  • Macedon Ranges (Wine) (VIC)
  • Macedon Ranges & Spa Country (VIC)
  • Melbourne Surrounds (VIC)
  • Melbourne and Melbourne West (VIC)

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