Summertime fun

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Tara Murray

Wine and food will be the centerpiece of the Summertime Fling Festival in the Macedon Ranges.

Throughout January, cellar doors across the Macedon Ranges will hold a series of events as part of the new festival.

The Macedon Ranges Vigneron’s Association is running the event to encourage lovers of wine and food to take a well-earned break from 2020, and share in fun in the fresh air, scenic wide-open spaces while following COVID protocols.

Over the festival, wine lovers will have the chance to discover a number of small and diverse wineries and vineyards hidden away in the natural landscape, in settings with breathtaking views of Mount Macedon, through the Pastoria Valley to the Cobaws.

Event organiser Jennifer Ward said the festival is the perfect opportunity to meet new people.

“It also provides a wonderful opportunity for people to try somewhere different. Many have been to the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula – perhaps give the Macedon Ranges a try,” she said.

The Macedon Ranges has a unique climate for a wine-growing region in Australia. The region is a cool to cold climate by world standards, similar to the Rhone Valley in France.

As a result, the region offers wine with delicacy and finesse, limited in quantity and exceptionally high in quality.

Wineries involved in upcoming events include, Lyons Will, Gisborne Peak, Parkside Farm Winery, Botanica Estate, Cobaw Ridge, Passing Clouds, Granite Hills, Kyneton Ridge, Hanging Rock Winery, Zig Zag Rd Wines and Hesket Estate.

The festival runs from January 9 to January 31.

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