The Macedon Ranges produce some of the best cool-climate wines you'll find anywhere in Australia, the product of participating wineries including Botanica Estate, Chanters Ridge, Cobaw Ridge, Cope Williams, Hesket Estate, Granite Hills and, one of my particular favourites, Paramoor Winery.
The Paramoor tasting room is a former stable used to house Clydesdale working horses. It is literally full of farm and horse memorabilia providing a fascinating backdrop to a Paramoor tasting.
Located at Carlsruhe Paramoor Winery is one of the regions best .....
..... with its tasting room set in a fabulously rustic old stable. Photos: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
A Weekend Winery Pass costs just $20 if purchased on-line or $25 on the day at your first venue. The pass provides you with a personal tasting glass with which to sample 100 wines supplied by over 30 wineries and presented at 20 venues across the region.
And there's a fun and safe way to get around over the Budburst weekend with shuttle-buses running from key points too and from Festival venues on both days.
Buses will operate two services from Woodend Railway Station, three from Kyneton Railway Station and one from the Mount Macedon Hotel on Saturday each visiting different participating venues and returning to their starting point at 5 PM.
On Sunday there'll be two services from both Wooden and Kyneton Railway Stations again each visiting different venues and returning by 5 PM.
Bus arrival & departure times connect with train services too and from Bendigo and Melbourne Southern Cross.
Budburst is the annual celebration of the new vintage. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
The cost of a bus ticket is $35 per day and visitors can see & choose from the various itineraries on the event website or at Try Booking.
Now in its 26th year the Macedon Ranges Wine and Food Budburst Festival must be doing something right to keep big crowds coming back year after year. Don't miss this fabulous and fun opportunity to sample the very best of Macedon Ranges produce.
Visitors to the Macedon Ranges 2017 Budburst Festival will have the opportunity to visit 20 venues and sample the produce of 31 of the regions excellent wineries. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
Woodend is 71-Kilometres north of Melbourne, about a 1-hour drive via the Calder Freeway/M79.
Alternatively VLine operate fast and efficient rail services between Melbourne Southern Cross and Woodend on the Bendigo line.