I'm a Victorian freelance writer & photographer living in the Macedon Ranges north of Melbourne.
Published February 5th 2018
Mount Macedon Wine Hot Spot
It's Sunday, mid-afternoon on a typical Mount Macedon summer's day – warm, clear blue skies, not a breath of wind and I'm about to take part in that most indulgent of pastimes, the nanna nap. Why? Because I've just spent the most relaxed couple of hours engaged in wine tasting and a fabulous light lunch at Mount Towrong Vineyard on the mounts southern slopes.
Located 600 metres above sea level on the southern slopes of Mount Macedon Mount Towrong Vineyard is at the centre of one of Victoria's premier tourism precincts. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
Mount Towrong is a small family run vineyard and just a little different to others in the region, in that it specialises in producing a range of traditionally grown Italian varieties.
Migrating from the Veneto region of Italy, George and Deirdre Cremasco planted their first Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines in 1996. These were followed in 1999 by Nebbiolo and then Prosecco in 2005.
At 600 metres above sea level, Mount Towrong is a 'cool climate' vineyard with just over 2 hectares under vines, but through sourcing quality fruit from other regional growers, is able to produce an impressive range of Prosecco, Chardonnay, Garganega, Fiano, Verdicchio, Nebbiolo Rosa, Pinot Noir, Barbera, Lagrein and Nebbiolo.
A Saturday or Sunday afternoon at Mount Towrong is a wonderfully relaxed experience and will introduce visitors to some wines just a little different to others produced in the region. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
On a recent visit, owner George Cremasco and Viticulturist Adam Paleg oversaw a very generous tasting session before serving a light lunch for two, comprised of a lovely shared antipasto platter, two servings if Italian meatballs, two glasses of the Nebbiolo Rosa and one of Chardonnay. The platter was outstanding and brilliantly matched with the Nebbiolo Rosa, hence the two glasses. The meatballs were filling and very, very delicious. All in all, a great value lunch for two at just $81 together with the opportunity to try a very different range of quality wines.
Mount Towrong Cellar Door is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM for tastings, sales and light meals. There's also live music on the first Sunday of each month.
The wines, just like the food are great value for money. I strongly recommend the Antipasto platter with a glass or two of the Nebbiolo Rosa. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
Mount Towrong wines are a little different and attracting a great deal of interest. The venue is becoming very popular but seating is limited, so you will need to get in early and book. There's ample parking on the property.
Mount Towrong Vineyard is on Mount Macedon, 65 kilometres north of the Melbourne CBD, about a 50-minute drive via the Calder Freeway/M79.
If you enjoy a good wine Mount Towrong is a must-see vineyard for you. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank