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Macedon Ranges/
Sunbury

Head north-west from Melbourne and in less than an hour you’ll find yourself in the undulating country of the Macedon Ranges. In cooler months, the mist-capped mountains encourage admiration from a cosy spot in front of the fire; in summer the verdant slopes invite relaxed picnics – all with a glass of wine in hand. Chardonnay and pinot noir are championed alongside aromatic whites and vibrant reds, with the cool climate providing elegance and freshness. En route to Macedon, Sunbury is one of the oldest wine regions in Victoria. With just a handful of wineries it makes for an excellent daytrip. Nicole Bilson

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granite hills

Star Cellar Door

(03) 5423 7273
granitehills.com.au

When Gordon and Heather Knight planted vineyards in the Macedon Ranges between Kyneton and Lancefield in 1970, they became some of the early trail-blazers of the coolest wine region on mainland Australia. More than 50 years later, their son, Llew, continues their passion at Granite Hills. From its vantage point atop the Great Dividing Range, this historic cellar door with modern touches offers exceptional views and wines to match. Tastings are personally tailored, often conducted by Llew, and infused with extensive knowledge of the region. While pinot noir and chardonnay are well represented, it has been fragrant, age-worthy riesling and expressive, peppery shiraz from old vines that have built their reputation. Not to say this is all about tradition. More recent plantings of gamay and riesling’s Austrian stablemate grüner veltliner demonstrate ongoing innovation. The vibe is laid-back and friendly, and picnics are welcome on the grassy lawn. 

TOP DROP: 2021 Granite Hills Riesling, A$28

HANGING ROCK
BEST LARGE CELLAR DOOR

(03) 5427 0542
hangingrock.com.au 

CRAIGLEE VINEYARD
BEST SMALL CELLAR DOOR

(03) 9744 4489
craigleevineyard.com 

MOUNT MACEDON WINERY
CELLAR DOOR WITH BEST FOOD

(03) 5427 4172
mountmacedonwinery.com.au

LYONS WILL ESTATE
BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE

0412 681 940
lyonswillestate.com.au

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