1. A cool Animus Gin Cocktail 2. Kick back at Animus Distillery Cellar Door & Cocktail Lounge Bar in Kyneton 3. Big Tree Distillery is one of three artisan gin distilleries in the Macedon Ranges
It’s Time to Let Your Hair Down
This Macedon Ranges gin tasting tour is for six adults and is all about:
- Tasting locally distilled gin
- Enjoying a relaxing road trip through picturesque mountain-scapes and farmland
- Chowing down on fantastic food and;
- Chilling out in the country
Your Gin Trail Itinerary
Your Macedon Ranges gin tasting tour itinerary is as follows. Please make sure to read the terms and conditions outlined on our entry page too!
Saturday 23 March 2019
- 10.00am: Bus pick up from Woodend V-Line Station, or from Kyneton if self-driving.
- 10.15: Kick start with a coffee at Mr Cafe Macedon
- 10.55: Arrive Mount Towrong Vineyard (Mount Macedon) for a MOUNTAIN Gin tasting
- 11.30: Head to Big Tree Distillery (Newham) for a farm tour and tasting
- 11.55: Arrive Big Tree Distillery
- 12.35pm: Depart to Moto Bean for lunch
- 1.00: Arrive Moto Bean for a ‘Smoked by Moto’ BBQ lunch (vegans and vegetarians also catered for)
- 2.40: Walk off lunch with a relaxing stroll in the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens
- 3.00: Depart Malmsbury and check into Isabella at Kyneton B&B for a rest and refresh
- 4.15: Walk to Animus Distillery and Cocktail Lounge on Piper Street for another gin tasting experience
Night is your own! There are fantastic restaurants and bars dotted along Piper Street and High Street, all featuring local gin, wine and beer on their menus along with fantastic produce from Macedon Ranges farmers. Check out The Parklands, Major Toms, Midnight Starling, Source Dining, Dr Abalone and Colenso for a tipple and tucker.
Sunday 24 March
- Sleep in. Drag yourself out of bed. Cook up a big breakfast (supplies provided).
- Spend the day as you like exploring Kyneton and surrounds.
- Head home* (Trips All Round will transfer you to the Kyneton V-Line train station at a pre-agreed time if required).
*Late checkout may be available on request. Isabella at Kyneton are offering a 30% discount on either side of your stay if you wish to extend your visit.
A Few Details About Your Adventure
If all of this is sounding rather splendid, read on to find out more details about your Hair of the Dog tour experience!
The Gin Lowdown
So you may be wondering what gin you will be tasting on your Hair of the Dog Tour. Here’s the lowdown on the three Macedon Ranges gins you will be sampling…
Mountain Distilling’s gin is produced on Mount Macedon and is inspired by locally foraged botanicals. They use new growth pine needles and native Mountain Pepperberry found throughout the area. This, combined with fresh orange zest, lemon myrtle, juniper and coriander, is reminiscent of fresh mountain air and the smell of tall pines. MOUNTAIN Gin is a clean, vibrant and aromatic spirit best enjoyed with orange peel and a light tonic or mineral water.
Mount Towrong Vineyard‘s cellar door is the venue for your MOUNTAIN gin tasting. Situated on Mount Macedon, 600 metres above sea level, the vineyard offers spectacular views to enjoy while gin tasting.
Big Tree Distillery
This small Macedon Ranges producer distills their gin at Jack Springs Farm in Newham, where they also happen to breed tasty lamb. The result of a gin-loving husband and wife team, Big Tree Gin is created from fresh rainwater collected from the farm. They grow some of their gin botanicals, and where possible, pick and forage some of the more interesting Australian gin botanicals as locally as possible.
Their beautiful bottles are also designed to be kept long after the gin is gone, with artwork painted by local artist Sarah Gabriel. Big Tree Distillery produce small batch gin and sell it from the ‘boot’ of their beloved ‘Gin Bug’ at the monthly Woodend Farmers’ Markets. You will also find it stocked in many local bars and restaurants, including Animus Distillery’s Cocktail Lounge and Bar.
Animus Distillery Cellar Door, Cocktail Lounge & Bar
Based on Kyneton’s historic Piper Street, Animus’ handcrafted artisan gins have won multiple awards both here and overseas; ‘Macedon Dry Gin’ happens to have six medals to its name, including Silver Medals from the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and Melbourne International Spirit Awards.
They use the highest grade of 100% Australian grain spirit, triple filtered using a custom gravity-fed carbon filter system, to provide the purest base for capturing the soul of their botanicals. They grow many of the botanicals on their property, and use a vapour pressed production approach for their distillation.
Animus gins are produced in small batches, where their botanical baskets are changed frequently throughout the production of each batch to extract the freshest, richest flavours from their balance of Australian native and international ingredients. Their gins are released over-proofed at 50% alcohol, to best express the richness, intensity and complexity of their ingredients.
Once your gin tasting is complete, feel free to kick on in their cocktail lounge and work your way through their menu!*
*Additional drinks above and beyond the tastings provided are at the winners expense.
But First, There’s Coffee
Your Hair of the Dog itinerary begins with a pick-me-up coffee to kick start the day*. Trips All Round will pick you up from either the Woodend V-Line station or your Kyneton accommodation at 10am and take you to the popular Mr Macedon cafe. Once you’ve had a caffeine hit your friendly driver will transport you to the first gin tasting in Mount Macedon.
*Prize includes coffee however any additional snacks and drinks are at the winners expense.
The BBQ Chow Down
It wouldn’t be appropriate to send you off for a day of gin tasting without a sufficient lunch in your belly. That’s why we’ve included a chow down at Moto Bean Cafe in the historic little village of Malmsbury.
Situated across from the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens, Moto Bean is an industrial style barn filled with classic motorcycles. The cafe roasts specialty coffee on-site and places a strong emphasis on local produce. They also offer local Mountain and Animus gins, as well as Herbal Lore Sweet Jennifer Gin distilled in Daylesford.
Want to mix things up a little? Enjoy a Holgates beer brewed in nearby Woodend, or choose from a selection of local wines.
Image credit: Moto Bean Cafe
Moto Bean’s killer menu ranges from their famous ‘Corn to be Wild’ fritters to a mouth-watering American-style BBQ, with local meats smoked to perfection. Think racks of sticky baby-back ribs, juicy brisket, pulled pork, loaded fries and buttermilk crumbed deep fried chicken. Vegans and vegetarians are also catered for.
To pep you up from a long, lazy lunch, there’s some time in the tour to walk across the road to the beautiful botanic gardens, where you can take a selfie or two in front of the old bluestone Malmsbury Railway Viaduct. Completed in 1862 it is the largest masonry bridge in Victoria and an example of one of Australia’s finest early bridges
PS. Your lunch is a mouth-watering smoked meat platter (the best of everything on one plate!), or a vegan/vego version if preferred. The total value of your lunch is $35 per head (drinks to be paid separately).
Lay Your Sleepy Head
Your accommodation for the night is at the lovely Isabella at Kyneton. Built in the 1890’s, it has a distinctive homely character with warmth, charm and soul.
It also happens to be the RACV Victorian Tourism Award’s 2018 Silver Award Winner for Self-Contained Accommodation.
Isabella offers three generous bedrooms furnished with 2 queen and 2 single sized beds, to sleep up to six guests. It also has a well-equipped kitchen including delicious breakfast provisions ready for a cook up on Sunday morning.
Located a short walk from the café culture of Kyneton’s main street and local attractions, it is but a short hop, skip and jump to Animus Distillery on Piper Street for the final leg of your gin tasting adventure. And a short stumble home at the end of the night!
Your Tour Guide
Trips All Round is a Woodend-based tour and transport operator. Their comfortable, air-conditioned mini van offers everything from food and wine experiences to historical day trips to guided art tours (and any other adventure you have in mind). Your friendly driver is a local and will be able to impart plenty of knowledge about the area as you are chauffeured around the Macedon Ranges.
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