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Ranges Taste Sensation
This weekend, the hottest ticket in town is to the annual Macedon Ranges Wine and Food Budburst Festival, where just $22.50 will get you a weekend of tastings at more than 30 wineries dotted throughout the spectacular Macedon Ranges.
Budburst showcases some truly great wine and food in a relaxed and friendly country atmosphere less than an hour's drive from the centre of Melbourne. Image Courtesy Macedon Ranges Vignerons Association.
Presented by the Macedon Ranges Vignerons Association, Budburst is a celebration of one of Australia's coolest wine producing regions making popular varieties including delicate sparkling wines, refined Chardonnay, fabulous Pinot Noir and a robust range of Shiraz and Cabernet.
Participating wineries this year include Hanging Rock Winery, Granite Hills, Rowanston on the Track, Cobaw Ridge, Mount Charlie Vineyard, Hesket Estate, Kyneton Ridge Estate and Zig Zag Wines to name just a few.
Well known names such as Hanging Rock Winery ........
..... and Granite Hills ...
.... will join forces with some more recent additions to the Macedon Ranges wine scene like Mount Towrong Vineyard to showcase some of the regions great wines. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
General Admission tickets cost $22.50 online or $25 at the Cellar Door and include a wristband, your festival tasting glass, access to all participating wineries, wine tastings, live music and entertainment for the entire weekend.
If you're just tagging along with friends and not tasting, entry is free.
Budburst Hoppa Shuttle services will visit six wineries, Hanging Rock, Lyons Will, Curly Flat, Parkside Estate, Botanica and Hesket Estate on a designated route starting at either Woodend or Kyneton. You can visit all the wineries on the route and stay as long as you like at each venue.
Saturday departures cost $65 and Sunday $60 with the ticket price including your Festival General Admission Ticket.
Budburst Tour Buses will visit 3 to 4 venues on a set schedule which the bus driver will provide at the start of the day. You will travel on the same bus throughout the day with return times varying slightly, depending on the location of the last venue.
There are 5 Tour Bus options to choose from departing from either Kyneton, Woodend, Mount Macedon or Daylesford. Saturday departures cost $65, Sunday $60 and the ticket price includes your Festival General Admission Ticket.
Additional information, General Admission tickets, bus itineraries, pick-up times and online bookings are available on the website at www.budburst.com
The Macedon Ranges Wine and Food Budburst Festival is a festival on the move, taking visitors across the length and breadth of the region to sample some of the great wines produced in this part of Central Victoria.
The Cellar Door is always open in the Macedon Ranges but this weekend visitors will have the opportunity to sample more than 30 Cellar Doors at participating wineries during the annual Macedon Ranges Wine and Food Budburst Festival. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank