I'm a Victorian freelance writer & photographer living in the Macedon Ranges north of Melbourne.
Winning Wine Weekend
A Macedon Ranges all-time favorite is back again this year but sporting a brand new name and encompassing a greater range of fabulous local produce than ever.
Hanging Rock Winery is just one of the great local producers taking part in this years event. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloosephoto
You may know this annual event as BUDBURST but in 2015 it's back bigger and better than ever as the Macedon Range Wine and Food Festival in celebration of 25 years of BUDBURST. That's how long the wine growers, producers and restaurants of the Macedon Ranges have combined to present a weekend showcasing the exceptional wines and produce of the region together with lashings of great entertainment.
Paramoor Winery at Carlsruhe is a small family affair receiving rave reviews for its produce. Photo: Ian Gill/Footloosephoto
This year the event will be staged over the weekend of 14th – 15th November and between 20 & 30 wineries will provide a range of fabulous local wines for tastings at the various cellar doors.
Chanters Ridge, Tylden Cobaw Ridge, East Pastoria Cope Williams, Romsey Granite Hills, Baynton
Hanging Rock, Newham Hesket Estate, Hesket
Kyneton Ridge, Kyneton
Mount Charlie, Ridells Creek
Wombat Forest, Trentham
And that's just for starters.
Paramoor is a former working horse property and its Tasting Room a converted barn.
Tastings are conducted amid a fascinating colleciton of horse and farm memorabilia including a magnificent 'smithey's forge'. Photos: Ian Gill/Footloosephoto
Plan a weekend away for this event and you're assured of great country hospitality at some of the States finest boutique wineries.
The magnificent Macedon Ranges produce some of Victoria's finest wines just an hours drive from Melbourne
Buses will operate over the weekend transporting visitors
between the various venues. A weekend winery pass will cost $15 and a 'bus-route' pass $35 per day with buses departing from Gisborne, Woodend and Kyneton railway stations.
VLine services on the Bendigo line are fast, efficient and comfortable. Photo: Ian Gill/Footloosephoto