Macedon Ranges

Macedon Ranges is mainland Australia’s coolest wine region, and like Tasmania, it’s responsible for some very good sparkling wine. Most wineries are found east of the Calder Freeway around Romsey, Lancefield and Kyneton. Hanging Rock Winery (88 Jim Rd, Newham, (03) 5427 0542) achieves iconic status thanks to its position behind Hanging Rock, and its Non Vintage Macedon Cuvee Sparkling Wine is said to be one of the most complex sparkling wines in Australia. Also try the sauvignon blanc. Curly Flat (263 Collivers Rd, Lancefield, (03) 5429 1956) is known for its excellent pinot noir and chardonnay, and Granite Hills (1481 Burke and Wills Tk, Baynton, (03) 5423 7273) for riesling and shiraz. Portree (72 Powells Tk via Mount William Rd, Lancefield, (03) 5429 1422) produces chardonnay, and Virgin Hills (Salisbury Rd, Lauriston West via Kyneton, 1800 777 444) is worth visiting for its blend of cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and merlot.

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