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Winter Red Wine Lovers Trail

Discover our gem of a wine region on a winter red wine lovers trail from Malmsbury to Lancefield.

Winter Red Wine Lovers Trail

Discover our gem of a wine region on a winter red wine lovers trail from Malmsbury to Lancefield.

Zig Zag Winery | Malmsbury

Zig zag your way to Zig Zag Winery

Due to COVID-19, many cellar doors recommend pre-booking time slots for tastings due to capacity restrictions. We advise double-checking prior to your visit to confirm their current operational requirements.

Your winter red wine trail kicks off near the village of Malmsbury, at the friendly, family-owned Zig Zag Winery.

One of the oldest vineyards in the Macedon Ranges, Zig Zag’s rich, volcanic soil combined with hot days and cool nights, results in wonderful cool climate reds.

Henry and Harriet Churchill’s cellar door offers beautiful vineyard views to enjoy while wine tasting. It also has a super relaxed vibe where you can bring your own cheese platter or hot pot to set up a makeshift picnic. They’ll even have a fire going in their Ned Kelly Pot Belly to cosy up in front of – bliss!

Tip: Start your morning with a coffee from the Malmsbury Bakery and wander through the nearby botanical gardens.

Cellar Door Hours

Open Thursday to Monday between 10-5pm.

Covid update: Recommended to pre-book a tasting time slot.

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Hunter-Gatherer Vintners | Pastoria East

Savour cool climate wines in a country homestead

The second leg of your winter red wine tasting trail takes you via Kyneton, to the rural landscapes of Pipers Creek.

Hunter-Gatherer Vintners is a true family affair. Their cellar door is part of an old homestead where Brian, his partner Rosalyn and their three young kids live.

Brian is an accomplished winemaker. He handcrafts the Hunter-Gatherer range of wines using old-world wine-making practices and the application of new-world knowledge.

Enjoy a grazing platter and taste Hunter-Gatherers’ range of superb quality vintages, including Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Sangiovese and Sparkling Shiraz (they also produce Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay, Riesling, Chardonnay and Rose).

Cellar Door Hours

Open weekends only from 12-5pm.

Covid update: No food currently being served.

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Double Oaks Estate | Lancefield

Red wines and American-style bbq pies

Once you drag yourself away from Hunter-Gatherer Vintners, you’ll get to enjoy a relaxing road trip* through the countryside to reach your next destination.

Double Oaks Estate is a boutique cool climate winery and truffle plantation. Here you can taste a Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon, along with one of their very own (and very tasty) American-style bbq pies served with house-made baked damper and ancient grain salad. They even hold a full menu American-style bbq on the second weekend of the month.

Cellar Door Hours 

  • Open 7 days 12-5pm
  • American-style full menu barbecue every second weekend of the month (bookings recommended)

*Approximately 70 minutes to reach Double Oaks Estate from Hunter-Gatherer through scenic farmland.

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Lyons Will Estate | Lancefield

Squeeze in one more cellar door...

Have time to squeeze in one more wine tasting? Not far from Double Oaks Estate is the super popular Lyons Will Estate.

Here you can enjoy a Pinot Noir with a meat and cheese tasting plate to round off your winter red wine Macedon Ranges day out.

Winner: Gourmet Traveller Wine’s 2020 Australia’s Best Cellar Doors Awards category for Best Small Cellar Door (Macedon/Sunbury region)

Top 50 Finalist: Young Gun of Wine Awards 2020

Cellar Door Hours

  • Open on the fourth weekend of every month (Saturday and Sunday) between 11-5pm, or by appointment.
  • Lyons Will are more than happy to welcome visitors on other days, but if you plan to pass by please call them on 0412681940 for an appointment.
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