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. And for wine enthusiast, 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.