A Guide to Dog Friendly Cellar Doors

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We’re a friendly, laid-back bunch in the Macedon Ranges, and our dog-friendly cellar doors reflect this cruisy vibe.

If you love good wine and spending time with your pooch, it’s time to combine the two with a visit to our dog-friendly cellar doors.

Plenty of cellar doors offer wood-fired pizzas or tasting plates served on decks with brilliant views. Many sell gourmet picnic boxes to enjoy under a shady tree.

You’ll find cellar doors with restaurants that welcome you to dine al fresco with pooch. Others even encourage you to bring your own nibbles to go with your wine of choice.

Most importantly, you’ll get to try the most delicious wines in a relaxed environment. The main criteria is that you keep your dog on a lead and respect each vineyard’s pooch guidelines.

So if you’re hunkering for quality time with your besties, furry or otherwise, and you love a good drop, it’s time to plan a wine tasting adventure in the Macedon Ranges.

P.S. Due to current limited capacity at cellar doors, please make sure to pre-book your tasting or restaurant table to ensure you don’t miss out.

Mount Towrong Vineyard, Mount Macedon

Mount Towrong Vineyard is a small, family-run vineyard situated 600m above sea level with views to both Mt Macedon and Mt Towrong. Their cellar door is known for serving extremely delicious Italian-style fare that pairs perfectly with Mount Towrong’s Italian wine varietals. And if you happen to be a gin fan, make sure to taste the locally distilled, award-winning gin by Mountain Distilling. Num num.

P.S. While you’re up the mountain, why not take pooch for a big walk in Macedon Regional Park? They’ll love the exercise and so will you!

4 Taylors Road, Mount Macedon, 0488 155 088

Weekends 10-5pm

Follow on Instagram @mounttowrongvineyard

 

1. Mount Towrong Vineyard Cellar Door 2. Views from Mount Towrong Vineyard 3. Delicious food at Mount Towrong

Kyneton Ridge Estate, Kyneton

Only a short drive from Kyneton village, Kyneton Ridge Estate is a beautiful winery and vineyard nestled right next to Black Hill Reserve. It’s teaming with native wildlife and there’s a mighty good chance you’ll see plenty of wild roos when sitting on their sunny deck enjoying a drop of bubbles.

Kyneton Ridge Estate also have a cafe that serves homestyle cooking, wood-fired pizzas, desserts and light sharing plates.

We highly recommend a walkies in Black Hill Reserve before your wine tasting and lunch. It’s the perfect day out!

90 Blackhill School Road, Kyneton, 0408 841 119. Entry to Cellar Door via Hallorans Lane.

Weekends 11-5pm and most public holidays

Follow on Instagram @kynetonridgeestate

Double Oaks Estate, Lancefield

A cool climate winery and truffle plantation, Double Oaks Estate is a family affair that serves up delicious wine and a relaxed, fun atmosphere. They also smoke local meats and turn them into homemade American-style BBQ pies to enjoy with their wines. Relax in the garden with your favourite bottle of vino, a yummy pie, damper and tasty side salad. Yum!

104 Ashworths Road, Lancefield, 0422 762 629

Usually open 7 days a week, however is temporarily closed until early-mid December 2020

Keep an eye on their Instagram page @double_oaks_estate for an official cellar door re-opening announcement. Their monthly weekend American-style barbecues and DJ events will be kicking off again from 12 December 2020. See our What’s On page for booking details.

Double Oaks Estate Pies

Wombat Forest Vineyard & Winery, Denver

Wombat Forest Vineyard is a surprise package nestled in the Wombat Forest at Denver. Their family history extends back to the early settlement of the area in the mid 1800s. Situated on the edge of the Wombat Forest, the vineyard is home to an abundance of native wildlife and an amazing diversity of flora.

Only 15 minutes’ drive from Kyneton, the drive through the countryside into Denver is spectacular. The cellar door is nestled on top of a ridge overlooking their dam, with the Wombat Forest as a backdrop. Here you can sit on an informal deck, taste their wines and feel at one with nature.

Seasonal tasting platters are available and guests are welcome to bring their own nibbles.

189 Springhill-Glenlyon Road, Denver

Weekends and public holidays, 10-5pm

Follow on Instagram @wombatforestwines

Mount Macedon Winery, Mount Macedon

Mount Macedon Winery is a hidden gem tucked away down a forest trail on the slopes of Mt Macedon.

Pre-book lunch on the deck of their restaurant or enjoy an antipasto plate with your wine tasting at their cellar door. They even offer pre-booked takeaway picnic boxes to enjoy on the property.

And when you’ve finished eating and drinking, soak up the surrounds and take a stroll on the farm. The views, wildlife, food and wine make this a truly zen experience.

P.S. You might want to take pooch on a walk to Sanatorium Lake in Macedon Regional Park beforehand to make the most of your trip to the mountain.

433 Bawden Road, Mount Macedon

Thursday to Sunday: 11.30-4.30pm, (03) 5427 4172 

Follow on Instagram @mountmacedonwinery

Mount Macedon Winery

Hunter-Gatherer Winery, Pipers Creek

Hunter-Gatherer Winery specialise in small-batch, handcrafted wines combined with a relaxed, family-friendly vibe at their cellar door.  You’ll love everything you taste at Hunter-Gatherer and may find it a little tricky to choose your favourite. They also offer tasting plates to go with your wine.

This winery is only a short distance from Hanging Rock, so you might want to take pooch for a walk in the reserve first (note, the Summit Trail isn’t accessible to doggies).

362 Pipers Creek-Pastoria Road, Pipers Creek, 0407 821 049

Weekends 12-5pm

Follow on Instagram @huntergathererwinery

Hunter Gatherer

Parkside Estate Winery

Parkside Winery Estate’s winery and cellar door are located on the grounds surrounding the historical Parkside homestead built in 1890.

Specialising in Sparkling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, their wines regularly achieve awards at regional and national wine shows. Most recently, their 2013 Chardonnay Pinot Noir Sparkling was awarded a trophy for the Best Sparkling at the 2019 Daylesford Wine Show, following a Silver Medal at the Australia and New Zealand Boutique Wine Show in Sydney in 2018.

Parkside Winery Estate host visitors in their lovingly restored Clydesdale horse stables. And throughout November 2020, they have teamed up with Kyneton’s Monsieur Pierre to offer gourmet lunchboxes and a glass of wine for $30 (by pre-order). So once you’ve chosen your favourite sparkling, sit down on the grass under one of their giant oak trees and enjoy a picnic.

308 Parks Road, Lancefield, 0419 036 581

Weekends 11-4pm (October to April), other times by appointment.

Follow on Instagram @parksidewineryestate

Diva

Zig Zag Rd. Winery

Only a short drive from the historic village of Malmsbury, the stunningly beautiful Zig Zag Rd. Winery produces small-scale wine on a regenerative 10-acre vineyard. The young family behind Zig Zag Winery are a lot of fun, as are their wines. They also welcome you to BYO a picnic to enjoy at their cellar door, so you might want to drop by the Malmsbury Bakery or Piper St Food Co. in Kyneton on the way.

Pooch might enjoy a walkies in Malmsbury Botanic Garden too. This special garden has the most stunning outlook to a historic bluestone viaduct that many a passionate photographer has been inspired to snap.

201 Zig Zag Road, Drummond, 03 5423 9390

Thursday to Monday: 10-5pm

Follow on Instagram @zigzagwines

Zig-Zag-Rd

Gisborne Peak Winery

Gisborne Peak Winery is a convenient cellar door to Melbourne and an ideal spot for a wood-fired pizza lunch on their beautiful deck overlooking a small lake and the vineyard. Doggies adore hanging out at this welcoming cellar door and restaurant!

You might also want to take a walk in the lovely Gisborne Botanic Gardens or Jacksons Creek Reserve walk beforehand.

69 Short Road, Gisborne South, (03) 5428 2228 or 0432 185 009

Friday to Sunday, 12-6pm

Follow on Instagram @gisbornepeakwines

isborne Peak Winery Pet of the Week

Billy and Tulip enjoying an al fresco lunch at Gisborne Peak Winery.

Cleveland Winery, Lancefield

Cleveland Winery offers a seriously unique wine tasting experience in an underground cellar, unlike anything else you’ll find in the region. In addition to their own wines, you’ll also discover an astounding selection of local wines to try.

Once you choose your favourite drop, order a bottle and sit on the grass under a shady tree. Their gardens are beautifully kept and there’s lots of picturesque spots around the flower beds to settle in for the afternoon.

If you’re hungry, you can even dine at their Carriage House Restaurant, particularly known for their delicious wood-fired pizzas. The views from their deck overlooking the vineyard and farm are stunning. The pooch will love it.

55 Shannons Road, Lancefield, (03) 5429 9000

Weekdays from 11am (upon request) | Weekends from 11am 

Follow on Instagram @clevelandwinery

Cleveland Winery

Hanging Rock Winery, Newham

Hanging Rock Winery is an absolutely gorgeous drive through the countryside and just as breathtaking when you arrive. With one-of-a-kind views straight to  Hanging Rock, this is a cellar door you can’t miss.

In addition to their amazing selection of wines to try, they sell their very own Hanging Rock Speckled Beef and gourmet picnic boxes at the cellar door.

If visiting between 21 November 2020 to 21 March 2021, make sure to check out their recently confirmed Art in the Vines sculpture exhibition. This is a free, annual event where you can give pooch an art education.

Wander their art trail with a glass of bubbles in hand and sunshine warming your shoulders. There’ll be over 25 amazing sculptures, all crafted by Australia’s leading sculptors.

88 Jim Road, Newham, (03) 5427 0542

Open 7 days, 10-5pm

Follow on Instagram @hangingrockwinery

Hanging Rock Wine

Lyons Will Estate, Lancefield

Winner of the Gourmet Traveller Wine’s Best Small Cellar Door Award for 2020, this artisan winery specialises in award-winning Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gamay and Riesling. Charcuterie and cheese boards are on offer, so you can easily kick back with a bottle of your favourite drop and savour their beautiful country vibes.

P.S. The Lancefield Farmer’s Market is open on the 4th weekend of the month, coinciding with the opening hours of their cellar door. Do yourself a favour and visit this fantastic market in the morning before heading to Lyons Will Estate.

60 Whalans Track, Lancefield, 0412 681 940

2nd and 4th weekend of the month, 11-5pm, or by appointment

Follow on Instagram @lyonswillestate

Lyons Will Estate Dog

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