How to Experience 30 Macedon Ranges Wineries in One Weekend

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Experience over 30 Macedon Ranges wineries in one weekend and discover why this region is rapidly becoming Victoria’s hot spot for wine tasting.

Did you know there are 27 cellar doors regularly open in the Macedon Ranges? That’s a whole lot of cellar doors to fit in over one weekend!

To make it easy for wine tasting day trippers, every November over 30 wineries join forces to celebrate the bursting of buds on the vines.

The annual Macedon Ranges Wine & Food BUDBURST Festival is a weekend of wine tasting, live entertainment and good ol’ fashioned country hospitality! Held over 17 and 18 November 2018, the festival offers a personalised experience to learn firsthand from some of Victoria’s best artisans of wine.

Why Taste Wine from the Macedon Ranges?

Most local producers are boutique, family owned affairs that produce their signature wines using age-old techniques. As a result, Macedon Ranges wineries offer wine that is limited in quantity and exceptionally high in quality.

The Macedon Ranges boasts over 21 grape varieties, grown in volcanic lava, granite, non-marine sedimentary rock and alluvial soils. Out of 41 wineries in the region, 37 produce under 100 tonne of grapes annually.

In a nutshell, the Macedon Ranges wine scene is all about small batch grapes, grown and vinified with love to produce a diversity of wine styles. Oh, and did we mention the Macedon Ranges is the only cool climate wine growing region on the Australian mainland?

What’s So Cool About Cool Climate Wines?

Our wine growing region is considered ‘cool to cold’ by world standards. Vineyard altitudes in the Macedon Ranges range between 300 to 800 metres above sea level. No other wine growing region on the Australian mainland is as ‘cool’ as the Macedon Ranges! 

Popular varieties produced in this cool climate wine region include:

  • Delicate sparkling wines
  • Refined Chardonnay, and;
  • Award winning Pinot Noir

In vineyards surrounding Lancefield and Romsey, delicate floral aromas can be found in the wine due to slow ripening during cool autumnal temperatures. As you move beyond Kyneton to the rocky outcrops of the Cobaw Ranges, more robust styles can be found with Shiraz and Cabernet.

 

Images: (1) A Great Family Day Out (2) A Relaxed Affair with Country Style Hospitality (3) Bring a Picnic and Enjoy the Sunshine. Image Credit: Budburst/MRVA.

Start Planning Your Macedon Ranges Wineries Experience

Join the celebration of buds bursting on a new vintage. Now in its 26th year, the Festival is a fabulous way to get out into the countryside and taste spectacular wines.

The Festival Essentials

  • Dates: 17th & 18th November 2018
  • Location: Over 20 venues in the Macedon Ranges (approximately one hour from Melbourne)
  • Time: The venues are open between 10am and 5pm on both days of the festival

How to Book a Ticket

A Festival Passport ticket gets you access to all venues for wine tastings, live entertainment, country hospitality and more. It includes your own tasting glass and a Festival Passport Guide giving information about the participating wineries, wine trails and key venues across the region.

A weekend Festival Pass is only $22.50 pp if you buy online, or $25 pp if you purchase at a venue during the Festival Weekend. If you purchase on-line before 10 November 2018, early-bird tickets are $20 so get in quick! Please note the general admission ticket does not include access to the Hoppa Shuttle or Tour Buses.

Visit the Budburst website to book your ticket now!

Where to Go?

What’s your favourite tipple? Even within our small cool region, nuances appear in wine style as you move from Trentham and Lancefield, and then north towards Baynton. To help you choose a wine trail, the Festival offers three loops to experience the best our Macedon Ranges wineries have to offer.

Perhaps you would like to explore delicate sparkling on the ‘Woodend Wanderer’. Or maybe you’d prefer a crisp Chardonnay or refined Pinot Noir with some interesting floral varietals on the ‘Lancefield Loop’. Are you a red wine lover? Add more sumptuous reds to the mix while meandering breath taking country laneways on the ‘Kyneton trail’.

Budburst Wine Trails Macedon Ranges

How to Get Around

Don’t want to drink and drive? We get that. The Macedon Ranges Food & Wine BUDBURST Festival offers two fantastic bus options if you want to enjoy wine tasting without the worry of driving.

Budburst Hoppa

The Budburst Hoppa shuttle will visit six different Macedon Ranges wineries on a designated route starting at Woodend or Kyneton. You can visit all wineries en route and spend as much time at each venue as you like. Hop on the bus when you are ready, and it will take you to the next venue on the list. Simple!

Budburst Hoppa Cost

  • Saturday departures: $65
  • Sunday departures: $60

Ticket price includes your festival General Admission ticket. Visit http://www.budburst.com for information and bookings.

Hoppa Bus Route Budburst Macedon Ranges Wine Trail

Budburst Tour Buses

On a Budburst Tour bus you will visit 3-4 venues. Your bus will be on a set schedule which the bus driver will provide at the start of the day.  The return time is approximate and could vary slightly depending on which venue you depart last.

There are five tour options to choose from originating in Kyneton, Woodend, Lancefield, Romsey, Mount Macedon and Daylesford.

Budburst Tour Bus Cost

  • Saturday departures: $65
  • Sunday departures $60

Ticket price includes your festival General Admission ticket. Visit www.budburst.com for information and bookings.

Budburst Macedon Ranges

Enjoy fresh air and fantastic wine in the Macedon Ranges countryside. Image credit: Budburst/MRVA

Special Events During the Festival

In the week leading up to the Festival, winery dinners are held to showcase our restaurants, producers and vignerons. Some of these fabulous experiences include:

Wine + Food + Fire – By Bente Grysbaek @ Lyons Will Estate: A unique wine and food experience held on Friday 16th November. Wines of Lyons Will will be paired with a three course meal cooked over an open fire by Bente Grysbaek. The event is fully inclusive of wine, appetizer on arrival, three delicious courses, a guided winery experience and local transport by The Regional Wanderer. A bus will service Macedon Ranges addresses and the Woodend Railway Station if travelling from Melbourne on the V/Line.

Festival Dinner with a Masterchef @Parkside Estate Winery: On Saturday 17th November, reconnect with history and enjoy the very best seasonal produce at this intimate 24 guest dinner. Jess Butler (Masterchef 2017) will bring her signature style of distinctive and artistic dishes to truly surprise and delight your epicurean imagination! Add award-winning wines from Parkside Winery Estate to the mix of you are looking at one of the Festival’s hottest tickets.

Festival Launch Dinner – Lanes End Vineyard @ Colenso: Get into the Festival spirit on Friday 16th November and enjoy a relaxed a la carte menu matched with Lanes End Vineyard’s award winning Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Explore and relax in the rhythm of the region with a handmade modern menu AND a glass of wine in hand. To book phone 03 5427 2007.

A Budburst Breakfast – The Wine Collective @ Macedon Wine Room: Start off your Budbursting day on Sunday 18th November with breakfast at The Wine Collective and a glass of Macedon Sparkling. Learn about the characteristics of cool climate wines at their education sessions. Enjoy tastings of a selection of regional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (ps. the restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner with small plates for those on the winery trail). To book phone: 03 5426 3030.

Canapes in the Garden – Cleveland and Lane’s End Wineries @ Evan’s Wine and Cheese Bar: Come and enjoy live music, beautiful wines and all day canapes created by Chef Joe Stephens focusing on local produce and suppliers between 10am – 9pm on Sunday 18th November. To book phone 03 5429 5111.

A Meze Feast by Social Foundry @ Botanica Estate: Join a festive long table and enjoy a Turkish Grill and Meze Feast by Social Foundry with Botanica Estate wines between 12 – 2pm on 17th & 18th November. To book phone Bron Burnett from Social Foundry on 0421 285 064.

Keep an eye on our What’s On section for further event information over the Festival!

Gourmet Picnic at Macedon Ranges Budburst Festival

Bring your own gourmet picnic to enjoy under the shade of ancient trees. Image credit: Budbust/MRVA

Where to Stay in the Macedon Ranges

There are many wonderful options for accommodation in the Macedon Ranges. As the Festival is super popular we suggest you book early! Here’s a taste of places to stay across the region, or visit our complete accommodation listing now.

  • Black Pomegranate B&B: Located at the foot of Mt Macedon, guests can enjoy the lovely garden on spacious decks and watch the local bird life. Black Pomegranate is an ideal getaway for two, with no stairs, including a delightful Continental breakfast with fresh fruit & yoghurt.
  • Cleveland Winery Boutique Hotel & Retreat: In the heart of the Macedon Ranges wine country, Cleveland Winery offers an idyllic winery and farm stay, with amazing views of the surrounding ranges. The retreat features 52 modern guest suites nestled alongside our historic 1880s Homestead, which has 6 private spa suites, lounge, club room and dining.
  • Hedge Farm: Ideal for those looking for an intimate country stay with the charm of rustic buildings dating back to early 1900’s. Hedge Farm is a 20-acre property that offers unique accommodation in converted railway vans and a restored Merino Station.
  • Curragh Farm B&B: Enjoy the peace and tranquility of country life on a 15 acre property located close to the townships of Romsey and Lancefield. Curragh Farm offers our guests a luxury fully self contained one bedroom unit with a queen sized bedroom and luxury ensuite.
  • Flop House: Flop House manage 5 guesthouses in the area and supply guests with a welcome hamper that includes locally grown produce. Their boutique accommodation selection is for people with a love for good linen, textiles and chic Scandinavian design.
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Cleveland Winery Boutique Hotel & Retreat in Lancefield

Lock it in your Diary

Celebrate budburst in the Macedon Ranges and get a group of friends and family together for a fun weekend of wine tasting, picnicking, entertainment and sunshine!

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