Star Cellar Door
When Gordon and Heather Knight planted vineyards in the Macedon Ranges between Kyneton and Lancefield in 1970, they became some of the early trail-blazers of the coolest wine region on mainland Australia. More than 50 years later, their son, Llew, continues their passion at Granite Hills. From its vantage point atop the Great Dividing Range, this historic cellar door with modern touches offers exceptional views and wines to match. Tastings are personally tailored, often conducted by Llew, and infused with extensive knowledge of the region. While pinot noir and chardonnay are well represented, it has been fragrant, age-worthy riesling and expressive, peppery shiraz from old vines that have built their reputation. Not to say this is all about tradition. More recent plantings of gamay and riesling’s Austrian stablemate grüner veltliner demonstrate ongoing innovation. The vibe is laid-back and friendly, and picnics are welcome on the grassy lawn.
TOP DROP: 2021 Granite Hills Riesling, A$28