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Macedon Ranges Wine and Food Budburst Festival

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by Ian Gill (subscribe)
I'm a Victorian freelance writer & photographer living in the Macedon Ranges north of Melbourne.
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The annual Macedon Ranges Wine and Food Budburst Festival will be staged over the weekend of 12th 13th November and is guaranteed to bring large numbers of both serious and fun-loving wine aficionados to the Macedon Ranges, one of Victoria's premier wine growing regions.

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Each year the wineries of the Macedon Ranges combine with farmers, restaurateurs and service providers to present Budburst, a showcase of all the region has to offer visitors. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


The great thing about Budburst is that it's a festival on the move, taking visitors across the length and breadth of the region, this year sampling more than 100 quality wines from 30 vineyards at 17 different locations including a number of HUBS where tastings will be conducted by multiple vineyards.

Budburst showcases some truly great wine and food in a relaxed and friendly country atmosphere only an hour's drive from the center of Melbourne.

If you don't want to drive the festival has this year organised buses departing the Woodend and Kyneton railway stations on both Saturday & Sunday.

Victoria Melbourne Mount Macedon Ranges Budburst Wine Wines Wineries Fine Food Entertainment Weekend Getaway
Two of my favourite wineries in the Macedon Ranges are Paramoor where the tasting room is a former stable for Clydesdale horses and full of intriguing memorabilia ....


Victoria Melbourne Mount Macedon Ranges Budburst Wine Wines Wineries Fine Food Entertainment Weekend Getaway
and Hanging Rock Winery overloooking the nearyby ranges. Photos: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


VLine operates regular services from Melbourne (Southern Cross) to both Woodend and Kyneton on the Bendigo line. Go to www.vline.com.au for an up to date timetable.

Bus Number 1 departs Woodend Station at 10.45 AM and visits Hesket Estate, Midhill Vineyard, Verdure Bistro, and Cope Williams Winery returning to Woodend Station by 5.05 PM.

Bus Number 2 departs Woodend Station at 10.45 AM visiting Kyneton Ridge Estate, Paramoor Winery and Hanging Rock Winery returning to Woodend Station by 5.05 PM.

Bus Number 1 departs Kyneton Station at 10.15 AM visiting Hanging Rock Winery, Lyons Will Estate, Granite Hills and Kyneton Ridge Estate returning to Kyneton Station by 5 PM.

Bus Number 2 departs Kyneton Station at 10.15 AM visiting Rowanston On The Track, Granite Hills, Mad Gallery and Parkside Estate returning to Kyneton station by 5 PM.

Victoria Melbourne Mount Macedon Ranges Budburst Wine Wines Wineries Fine Food Entertainment Weekend Getaway
Budburst 2016 will showcase more than 100 wines from 30 producers and presented at 17 different venues throughout the region. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


If you want a totally customised Budburst experience a number of local tour operators are available including: -

Wine Tours Victoria Trevor Armstrong.
www.winetours.com.au Telephone 1800 946 386

Midland Travel Tours & Cruise Lauren Granbeau
info@midlandtc.com.au

ANT Touring Jeremy Redmond
www.anttouring.com.au Telephone 0409 650 886

Victoria Melbourne Mount Macedon Ranges Budburst Wine Wines Wineries Fine Food Entertainment Weekend Getaway
The renowned Hanging Rock Winery is just a stones throw from Mount Macedon and the Camels Hump. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


The list of participating wineries is impressive to say the least, bringing together some very well known labels and some not so well known but producing great wines nonetheless.


Mount Towrong
Curly Flat Vineyard
Hanging Rock Winery
Wombat Forest
Grange at Cleveland
Zig Zag Road
Lane's End Vineyard
Parkside Winery Estate
Athletes of Wine
Hunter-Gatherer Vintners
Chanters Ridge
Passing Cloud
Pegeric
Hesket Estate
Mount Charlie Winery
Cope Williams
Wilimee
Cloud 9 Farm
Fontanella
Kyneton Ridge Estate
Paramoor Winery
Lyons Will Estate
Rowanston On The Track
Pattison & Dig tree Wines
Birthday Villa
Cobaw Ridge
Lord Malmsbury
Midhill Vineyard
Silent Way
Granite Hills

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You'll find Paramoor Winery at Carlsruhe, just off the Calder Freeway near Kyneton. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


But Budburst is more than just a wine tasting, it's a case of the vignerons and wine makers combining with farmers, restaurateurs, entertainers and service providers to showcase all that the Macedon Ranges has to offer visitors.

A Weekend Winery Pass will cost $20 and include a quality Plumm tasting glass. Bus transport costs $35 per day.

Spring in the Macedon Ranges is Budburst and this years Wine and Food Budburst Festival is a fabulous opportunity to treat yourself to a day or weekend in the country sampling great wines, food and entertainment.

Victoria Melbourne Mount Macedon Ranges Budburst Wine Wines Wineries Fine Food Entertainment Weekend Getaway
Paramoor's Cellar Door is a fascinating place to taste-test some of their award winning wines. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


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Why? Budburst showcases some truly great wine and food in a relaxed and friendly country atmosphere only an hour's drive from the centre of Melbourne.
When: Saturday and Sunday 12th & 13th November
Phone: 0408 993 819 or Email budburst@darwinsfinches.net
Where: Vaious Locations throughout the Macedon Ranges
Cost: A Weekend Winery Pass will cost $20 and include a quality Plumm wine glass which is your entry pass to participatiung wineries. A Bus ticket will cost $35 per day.
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