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Macedon Ranges & Sunbury

Macedon Ranges and Sunbury are home to some the most established cool-climate vineyards and historical sites in the state, including a still-standing winery dating back to 1863 (Craiglee, Sunbury). But what this region is most well-known for is the welcoming hospitality offered across all the cellar doors and wineries. In this small winemaking community, winemakers help each other out, vignerons swap tips and stories, and it’s a community of comrades who are producing some of the most respected wines. You won’t get a polished, over-commercialised experience, but you will certainly get an authentic one. Most cellar doors are staffed by the winemakers themselves, giving you a real insight into what it takes to produce the excellent wines of Australia.
Jen Latta

Image courtesy of Lyons Will Estate.

Lyons Will Estate

Star Cellar Door

0412 681 940

Lyons Will is a cool-climate winery, with Oliver Rapson and Renata Morello crafting their wines together. Everything is done by hand and with a strong emphasis on sustainability. Their ethos is simple: the more time spent in the vineyard, the less work to do in the cellar. The result? Good, honest wine with a great acid balance and a clean linear finish.Tastings are held inside the winery, located in the heart of the vineyards. Charcuterie and cheese platters are available to accompany wine by the glass, in an intimate courtyard surrounded by pinot noir vines. It’s a totally immersive experience and about as close as you can get to where the action happens. The winery is the cellar door and the cellar door is in the vineyard. Being a family owned winery, you can chat first-hand with one of the winemakers while they take you through a selection of their wines. That’s how I’d like all my cellar door experiences to be. JEN  LATTA

OUTSTANDING WINE: 2019 Lyons Will Estate Gamay, A$40

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