We have had the happy fortune of gaining insight into the Macedon Ranges Wine region from local Patrick Eckel, aka ‘Wine Reviewer’. Today we ask for his favourite Wine Producers and Wines. Yes…how do you choose?!
6 of the Best Wine Producers in the Macedon Ranges
Patrick: It is difficult to choose! Here are 6 of my favourite Wine Producers in the region. All have been selected for varying reasons; experience, knowledge, results, history, and variety.
If there was ever a case of wine being made in the vineyard and not in the winery this winery is an example of that. I use the word meticulous to describe both the viticulture and winemaking approach. The results are exceptional.
A consistently great producer of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that are known for their longevity and class. If you get the chance to meet the owner and winemaker Michael Dillon he is welcoming, informative and generous with his time.
One of the earliest wineries in the region that was planted on a site that most people thought couldn’t grow grapes. They are certified Biodynamic and in addition to producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are known for a decidedly cool climate Shiraz and Lagrein.
The producer of some of the finest sparkling wines in Victoria, they also do some top end Pinot Noir and Chardonnay sourced from their estate vineyard in Newham as well as producing a low yielding Shiraz from their vineyards in Heathcote that has been made for the last 30 years.
Experienced winemaker Ben Ranken and family are breathing life back into an old vineyard and in doing so creating some incredibly exciting Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. They are bound to make their mark on the region in years to come.
Similar to Wilimee, Lyons Will is a newcomer to the Macedon Ranges with existing plantings of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and the recent addition of Gamay and Riesling. The first couple of vintages of their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay produced wines are elegant, with a distinct sense of place. The cellar door will be opening soon.
6 Macedon Ranges Wine you must take home from your trip
Patrick: It will be fairly hard to go wrong, but a few standouts from the Macedon Ranges Wine Producers would be:
- Chardonnay from Bindi
- Sparkling from Hanging Rock Winery
- Pinot Noir from Domaine Epis
- Lagrein from Cobaw Ridge
- Riesling from Zig Zag Road
- Gwertztraminer from Midhill Vineyard
If you missed our first chat with Patrick, discover his top tips on how to make the most of a trip at any time of the year.
About Patrick Eckel – Patrick is a skilled wine appreciator and has spent a majority of his life pursuing his passion for wine. His site, Wine Reviewer, provides independent reviews, over 3000 in fact, of the wines he discovers. It’s fair to say he knows a thing or two about wine!