Weekender’s guide to the best wineries in the Macedon Ranges
Plan the ultimate winery weekender with our guide to the best of the Macedon Ranges.
When you think of wine in Victoria, the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and Heathcote immediately spring to mind. But there is another emerging wine destination that is closer, quicker to get to and as spectacular as them all.
Introducing the Macedon Ranges. At just over 60 kilometres from Melbourne, and just under an hour’s drive, this wine-region-less-travelled is producing wines with as much depth, elegance and finesse as any from its better-known Victorian siblings.
But don’t be fooled by its relatively recent emergence. Vineyards were originally established in the area more than 150 years ago (some as early as the 1840s), but it is only in the last 60 years that winemakers have begun to revive the local viticulture. Pioneering this renaissance were Tom Lazar (Virgin Hills) and Gordon Knight (Granite Hills) who started replanting vines in the 1960s and ’70s, with Granite Hills, like many wineries in the region, still a family-run operation.