1. Wynnton Ridge
While the site was home to a dairy 100 years ago, Wynnton Ridge has recently been transformed into a rustic tasting room with a cosy atmosphere, featuring armchairs, wine barrels, and of course, cool-climate wines for tastings. David Jones, Managing Director, says people “love the feeling” of sitting in a former dairy with an intimate setting.
“We’ve left the dairy as it was, such as the stalls where cows put their heads in.”
Jones also says his wine tastings have more of a local focus. “People like the rustic, intimate atmosphere,” he says. “It holds 10-15 people, where I can talk about the local area, the grapes, the wines, it’s a bit different and people enjoy that.” Providing more of a cosy experience to match the décor, visitors can marvel at the exquisite views across Stony Creek Valley, while enjoying a wine-tasting experience specialising in Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.
Those visiting may wish to make a weekend out of it with a stay at the RACV Cape Schanck Resort a leisurely 20-minute drive away.
Cellar door: Open long weekends or by appointment.
2. Vin Du Van Estate, Mandurang
While the winery itself has been inviting guests to its rollicking hills since 1999, with new management and a new name translating to ‘van wine,’ the Bendigo-region vineyard is looking to welcome people back into the stunning vineyard.
Featuring a cellar door with a newly renovated restaurant and on-site campervan accommodation, friendly farm animals on-site and function space available, Vin Du Van Estate prides itself on its scenic vineyards, picturesque valleys, and a menu that is locally sourced.
Cellar Door: Weekends and public holidays 11:00am-5:00pm.
3. Place of Changing Winds, Macedon Ranges
Winning Best New Winery Of The Year at the Wine Companion Awards for 2022, the Place of Changing Winds takes its name from the Indigenous population, the Wurundjeri people, translated from ‘Warekilla.’ Owner Robert Walters, who has a long history in wine importation and distribution, says a large point of difference is the “high-density planting” with “vines anywhere from 12,000-33,000 per hectare.”
Located on a 500-metre elevation between Mt Macedon and Mt Bullengarook, this winery has a cooler climate, making it the perfect spot for growing Pino and Chardonnay. Self-contained, sustainable and organic in practice, vino aficionados can enjoy vintages including a 2019 vegan-friendly organic Syrah, High Density Pinot Noir or a Bullengarook Chardonnay.
Open by appointment.