Macedon Ranges/
Sunbury

En route to Macedon, take a drive through Sunbury, one of Victoria’s oldest wine regions with a mere handful of wineries. Next stop, the Macedon Ranges is home to family-owned boutique producers. It’s a bonus that the region is enchanting in any season.

Passing Clouds Winery

Star Cellar Door & CELLAR DOOR WITH BEST FOOD

(03) 5348 5550
passingclouds.com.au

Passing Clouds is the archetypal down-to-earth Australian family-owned and run winery. It’s all about keeping the wine and dine experience real, rustic and fun. Second generation Cameron Leith is the winemaker making excellent booze to match with lunch, described as ‘la famiglia-style’. The salumi is manually cut from the red Berkel – a dream addition to any kitchen, and there’s very good charcuterie such as rillettes to try, but it’s the Meat Over Coals option that entices. It could be roast pork leg, beef or chicken, either way, it will be smoky, juicy and delicious with vegetables sourced from the estate’s organic veggie patch.

The setting is charming and relaxing with knowledgeable cellar door staff if you fancy a tasting before lunch. Every Sunday from nearby Daylesford, you can hop on board the historic railmotor train bound for Passing Clouds. JANE FAULKNER

OUTSTANDING WINE: 2016 Passing Clouds The Angel Bendigo Cabernet Sauvignon, A$53

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(03) 5423 5227
cobawridge.com.au

Hanging Rock
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(03) 5427 0542
hangingrock.com.au  

Craiglee Vineyard
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(03) 9744 4489
craiglee.com.au

Curly Flat
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(03) 5429 1956
curlyflat.com

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0409 017 310
kynetonridge.com.au

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(03) 5428 2228
gisbornepeakwines.com.au