Savour the summertime

The 2024 Summertime Fling Cellar Door Festival will run up until January 28. Pictured are Olly and Renata at Lyons Will Estate. (Ljubica Vrankovic)

It’s time to wine down in the Macedon Ranges with the 2024 Summertime Fling Cellar Door Festival in full swing.

The month-long extravaganza of wine, food, and fun has kicked off across the Macedon Ranges, with each weekend of the festival offering a different selection of events hosted by a number of wineries.

The Macedon Ranges Vignerons Association welcomed back its festival for the fourth year running, with wine enthusiasts and festival-goers invited to immerse themselves in the scenic beauty of the region alongside live music, local produce and most importantly, good vibes.

Lyons Will Estate owner and wine maker Renata Morello said the festival has become a signature celebration season, drawing visitors from Melbourne and beyond to experience the unique charm of the Macedon Ranges.

“Summertime Fling is a really great event across the cellar doors that gets people to visit the Macedon Ranges,” she said. “We are very accessible and just an hour away from Melbourne.

“Summertime Fling is not just about wine, it’s a celebration of the countryside and being outdoors. Most wineries are set against beautiful backdrops and open spaces, great for the kids to run around while the parents are out enjoying some delicious wine.”

Morello invites guests to Aperitivo Fridays at Lyons Will Estate, where they can unwind from 4- 6pm during summer afternoons. Enjoy a glass of wine or a rosé spritz, accompanied by small bites, creating the perfect start to the weekend.