Acclaimed wine maker Michael Dhillon shared with us some insider tips on where to eat, drink and play in the Macedon ranges. Dhillon continues to contribute to his family's rich history in the region, dating back to 1853, by creating some of Australia's most sought after chardonnay and pinot noirs with Bindi Wines.
Best place for an afternoon tipple
Enjoy a great selection of both local and international wines at Baringo Wine and Food.
Favourite winery to visit and their ‘must taste’ vintage
Cobaw Ridge is a stunning setting to make a day of it, and their 2014 Chardonnay is a fine expression of place and grape in Macedon.
Best café for breakfast and what to order
Colenso combines great care and attention to the produce they use. For breakfast, you can't go past Istra bacon, free range eggs and crusty sourdough.
Best restaurant for a splash out meal
Macedon Wine Room for their personable service, astounding views and delicious food and wine.
Best kept local secret
Du Fermier, Annie Smithers's intimate and enriching meals of garden to table produce.
Tastiest coffee in town
Monsieur Pierre does great coffee and produce.
Favourite local producer and what to take home with you
Terrines, pates and rillettes from Piper Street Food Store.
Best place to mix in with the locals
La Bonta and the Mount Macedon Hotel host plenty of locals happily eating and drinking... myself among them!
Time your visit for 12 March to attend Dinner with Michael Dhillon. Partnering with chef Steven Gerdes, the winemaker himself will take you through five courses and matched Bindi wines at the Macedon Wine Room.
Whole hog served Tex-Mex style in a West Footscray block party
Harley and Rose, West Footscray
Pizzini pop-up cellar door with barrel tastings plus fabulous salumi bar
Project Forty Nine, Collingwood
James Beard winning chef at flour+water San Francisco blending Italian and North Cali cuisine
House of Food and Wine - Hotel, Melbourne
Indulgent picnic lunch & lawn games in our stunning English gardens
The Mansion Hotel And Spa, Werribee