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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. 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.


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.

Join the 2020 celebration of buds bursting on a new vintage. The festival is a fabulous way to get out into the countryside and taste spectacular wines.

The Festival Essentials

  • Dates: 2020 dates to be confirmed – stay tuned
  • 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.

You can purchase a weekend Festival Pass online, or pay a little extra to purchase at select vineyards during the festival weekend. There’s usually discounts for online early bird purchases too.

Visit the Budburst website and sign up to the Macedon Ranges Wines newsletter or follow their social media pages to keep in the loop on dates and ticket sales for 2020.

Wine Tasting Routes

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 festival offers a number of hop-on-hop-off or scheduled bus tour options if you want to enjoy wine tasting without the worry of driving.

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:

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.
  • 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.

Cleveland Winery Boutique Hotel & Retreat in Lancefield

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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