Established in 1974 by Graeme Leith and Sue McKinnon, Passing Clouds is a family-run winery in central Victoria. Today, Graeme’s son Cameron has full rein of Passing Clouds and works on the family’s Macedon Ranges vineyard, Musk.
Musk is a classic cool-climate site, and as the highest vineyard in the Macedon Ranges, it experiences snow yearly. This vineyard is, therefore, dedicated to the traditional cool-climate wine varieties, including pinot noir and chardonnay.
Only five minutes from Daylesford, Passing Clouds’ cellar door offers a unique wine and food experience in a magnificent setting. Sitting inside or enjoying the views from the deck, you can sip a glass of wine, while looking out onto the vineyard where the grapes are grown. During the cooler months, you can also enjoy a relaxed dining room experience and watch the mist roll over the vineyard.
Although the heart of the Passing Clouds’ cellar door menu is the wine, you can also experience a range of dishes, such as chargrilled meat, charcuterie, cheeses, and produce from the winery’s garden. With the menu changing daily, this is a second-to-none wine and food experience.
Passing Clouds has continuously impressed critics since its establishment, winning multiple awards each year. Jeremy Oliver, one of Australia’s most-esteemed wine critics and author of The Australian Wine Annual, described the Passing Clouds range of wines as “awesome regional styles of purity and balance”.
With a keen eye on Passing Clouds’ winemaking heritage, Cameron continues to carry on the tradition of making classic, signature wine from Bendigo and the Macedon Ranges.
⇐ 2017 Graeme’s Shiraz Cabernet
Wafts of red and dark fruit, superb aromatic complexity with olive tapenade, exotic spice, fresh vanilla bean and leather. The palate is well formed; the fruit is encompassed by fine, firm tannin with acid giving the whole show backbone. Persistent with the black fruit resurging at the end.
⇐ 2018 Estate Chardonnay
Straw gold in colour, coupled with intense and complex aromatics. The extra ripeness of the stone fruit is due to the warmer season, though there’s still a lovely, complex citrus and lemon curd. Oak undertones are present and work harmoniously with the fruit to add depth and complexity
⇐ 2017 The Angel Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep crimson in colour, this wine showcases a broad spectrum of fruits. Crushed herbs add gamey, leathery undertones to the complex and intense aromatics. The palate shows lovely balance with beautiful fine, powdery tannins, framed by juicy fruit and soft acidity.
⇐ 2018 Estate Pinot Noir
Bright, cherry red in colour, the wine’s sophisticated nose displays an abundance of red fruit and classy oak tones. The palate is delicately balanced between sweet and savory elements. This pinot noir is refined, elegant and has layers of persistent fruit.
30 Roddas Lane,
Open 10:00am–5:00pm daily
La famiglia-style dining
Open from 12:00pm Friday to Monday
Weddings & Functions
Various events are held throughout the year for the public and our Wine Club members. Catch the train from the Daylesford Market to the Passing Clouds platform, where a Train, Wine and Dine package is available every Sunday. Contact the winery for more detail