Wine varieties

Sparkling Wine

The predominance of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the vineyards confirms the suggestion made by climatic statistics that this is an extremely good region for the production of sparkling wine. There are a number of high profile boutique brands within the region and interestingly, the leading makers have also been prepared to use the full range of techniques to produce wines with great character and individuality. The intense flavours and high natural acidity of the base wines encourages the use of avant-garde winemaking processes, and the winemakers have been quick to respond. Other varieties used include: Riesling and Shiraz


Although there are a large number of styles of Chardonnay produced in the region they generally tend to be fine, elegant, lightly structured and potentially long lived wines, sometimes showing quartzy minerally flavours which can be expected from plantings on and around Mount Macedon. The warmer years give more full flavoured styles, as do the warmer sites in the lower altitude and more northerly parts of the region.

Pinot Noir

Here the match of climate and wine style is immediately obvious with both old and new arrivals producing wines of unimpeachable varietal character. Fine and tending to be lighter bodied in style in the cooler vintages yet more robust and ‘chunky’ in those of warmer years, these are wines of exceptional merit in the line up of Australian Pinots.


Given that this is a relatively late ripening variety, generally found in warm to hot regions where it is considered to do best, it may come as a surprise to learn that the north of the region is eminently suitable for Shiraz. The Macedon Ranges, was the first region to introduce consumers to the striking pepper, spice, liquorice and black cherry aromas and flavours of genuinely cool climate Shiraz. At times eerily similar to the wines of the northern Rhone Valley of France, this style has added a third dimension to Shiraz in Australia.

Cabernet Sauvignon

It may be surprising, but as the plantings attest, this is an important variety. Its greatest expression is as a blended wine with either Shiraz or Merlot, but it also thrives in warm years as a single varietal.


While not statistically impressive, this grape produces some of the region’s best white wine, with fine, intense, lime juice aroma and flavour in a distinctly Germanic style that ages wonderfully well.

Other reds

These are generally grown in the warmer parts of the region - in the North, around Kyneton to the West around Daylesford and in the lower areas such as Riddells Creek to the South-East. Some of the Varieties grown are: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo and some Italian varieties including the rare Lagrein.

Other Whites

Aromatic grape varieties tend to grow well in the cooler areas of the region such as around Lancefield and Romsey. Some of the more popular varieties include: Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.