Regional Overview - Macedon Ranges - The Vineyards
The Macedon Ranges is regarded as one of mainland Australia’s coolest and most demanding wine producing regions.
The rewards for those who persist here are bottle-fermented sparkling wines of superb quality and international standing. Its Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet blends, and Shiraz are no less spectacular in favourable vintages.
Cool and marginal they may be in wine-growing terms, the Macedon Ranges are predominantly red wine country. Around 65 percent of its total vineyard area is planted to red wine grapes.
Versatile Pinot Noir – capable of producing both sparkling and red table wines - leads the way, occupying roughly 27 percent (57ha) of the region’s vineyard area. Cabernet Sauvignon (37ha) and Shiraz (23ha) are the Macedon Ranges’ other significant red wine varieties. Interestingly, Cobaw Ridge has enjoyed some success with the Italian red grape variety Lagrein.
Chardonnay (46ha) is the region’s most highly prized white grape. Industry workhorse Riesling has recently been overtaken by frisky Sauvignon Blanc in the Macedon white, consolation stakes.
- Ballarat (VIC)
- Bendigo (VIC)
- Heathcote (VIC)
- Macedon Ranges (Wine) (VIC)
- Macedon Ranges & Spa Country (VIC)
- Melbourne and Melbourne West (VIC)
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