1. Piper & Powlett luxury Kyneton accommodation 2. Farm views at Big Tree Distillery's gin cellar door 3. Mountain Gin tasting at Mount Macedon
Hair of the Dog 2020
This Macedon Ranges gin experience tour is for two adults and is all about:
- Tasting locally distilled gin
- Leaning about the gin distilling process
- Enjoying a relaxing road trip through picturesque mountain-scapes and farmland
- Chilling out in the country
What your prize includes
Gin. Good times. Great company. Did we mention gin?
Your gin adventure will go something like this…
Thursday 5 March 2020
- Arrive Big Tree Distillery from 11am: Here you’ll be treated to a tour of the distillery, gin tasting paddles and cheese board
- 12pm: Depart Big Tree’s rustic distillery door and drive through scenic farmland to Kyneton. Use this time to catch a bite for lunch before your gin blending masterclass
- 2.00pm: Check into your luxury guesthouse at Piper & Powlett
- 2.30: Walk a few minutes’ down Piper Street to Animus Distillery for a private one-hour martini masterclass
- 4.30pm: Explore Kyneton and relax in your accommodation
The night is your own! There’s plenty of awesome restaurants and bars dotted along Piper Street and High Street. Many offer gin, wine and beer from the Macedon Ranges, along with fantastic produce from local farmers.
Check out Midnight Starling, Source Dining, Fook Shing and Tansy’s on Piper Street for a tipple and tucker. Or Dr Abalone and Colenso on High Street.
Midnight Starling Kyneton
Friday 6 March
- Sleep in. Drag yourself out of bed and make a coffee. Fresh bread, butter and condiments are provided for a light morning pick-me-up. You might want to head out for brunch (or hair of the dog) at one of the popular cafes along Piper Street. Take a relaxing stroll along the Campaspe River Walk. Or just explore the picturesque streets of downtown K-town
- 11.00am: Check out of your accommodation and head to Mount Macedon for a gin botanical foraging tour with Mountain Distilling
Tip: If you want to turn your night away into a cheeky getaway, pre-book an extra night or two of accommodation in advance.
All this sounding rather splendid?
Read on for the nitty gritty about your Hair of the Dog Macedon Ranges mid-week adventure.
About your accommodation
Piper & Powlett is a private retreat in the heart of Kyneton, offering a country escape in a chic town.
Recently renovated, the house has taken inspiration from its surroundings, whilst adding a contemporary twist to bring its Californian architecture back to life.
Its beautifully appointed with pressed metal ceilings, dark stained floorboards, artwork, period fireplace, and a luxurious deep bath.
Located smack bang in the heart of Kyneton’s wonderful food and drink precinct, you can park the car and walk everywhere.
The gin lowdown
We don’t call this Hair of the Dog for nothing. Here’s the lowdown on the three Macedon Ranges gin distilleries you’ll experience.
Big Tree Distillery door
This small, award-winning Macedon Ranges producer and distillery door distills their gin at Jack’s Springs Farm in Newham (near Hanging Rock). 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 locally.
A double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirit Awards is a credit to their hard work and passion.
Their beautiful bottles are also designed to be kept long after the gin is gone, with artwork painted by local artist Sarah Gabriel.
The tasting experience
Your hosts will take you on a tour of their unique distillery, before setting you up with two gin tasting paddles and a cheese board.
It’s the perfect way to settle into the country vibe with stunning farm views, before a scenic drive to Kyneton for the next leg of your journey.
PS. Big Tree Distillery’s gin cellar door is open on select days for tastings (and lovely cheese plates). Subscribe to their newsletter via the Big Tree Distillery website to stay in the loop on cellar door openings and special events. You can also purchase Big Tree Gin online.
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Private martini masterclass at Animus Distillery
Animus Distillery is a (really) short walk along Piper Street from your accommodation. It has a stylish bar, cocktail lounge and a long list of local and international awards for their handcrafted, artisan gins.
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. Animus grow many of the botanicals on their property, and use a vapour pressed production approach for their distillation.
In this private martini masterclass you’ll spend one hour with Animus Distillery’s Bar Manager and Cocktail Extraordinaire Ziggy.
- You’ll go through a gin tasting of their core range
- Learn all there is to know about martinis
- Then make your very own martini
At the end of the workshop you’ll each receive a 100ml bottle of Animus Gin and 50ml bottle of Vermouth from nearby Harcourt distillery Maidenii. All the important ingredients for a homemade martini!
PS. Animus Distillery usually run these martini masterclasses with small group tour operator The Regional Wanderer. The best part is you don’t have to worry about driving. Alternatively if you get a group of six friends together you can book a private masterclass for when it suits you.
Animus also hold small group gin blending masterclasses once a month for $185 per person. You’ll find these listed on our What’s On event guide or on the Animus Facebook page.
PPS. Animus Distillery gin is available online.
Mountain Gin botanical foraging tour
Mountain Distilling’s gin is produced on Mount Macedon. It launched in 2018 and took out a gold medal in July 2019 at the International Wine and Spirits Competition.
The gin is inspired by locally foraged botanicals, such as new growth pine needles and native mountain pepperberries found throughout the area.
As part of this fantastic prize, you’ll get to join a group botanical foraging tour on Mount Macedon.
Wander in the forest with a guide and a Gin & Tonic. Over the space of an hour you’ll get a taste of what it takes to produce an aromatic gin capable of taking the international gin-scene by storm.
Afterwards, retreat to Mount Towrong Vineyard. Situated 600 metres above sea level, the vineyard offers spectacular views and a rustic cellar door for gin tasting.
As a special memento to remember the day, you’ll receive a bottle of Mountain Gin and a t-shirt.
PS. Mountain Distilling run group botanical foraging tours on the first Friday of the month from March to June. Tours cost $155 per person. For more information contact Mountain Distilling directly via their website. Want to get a bottle of Mountain Gin? Check out the Mountain Gin online shop.
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