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.
⇐ 2018 Graeme’s Shiraz Cabernet
Bright purple with a ruby hue. The nose oozes plum and raspberry jam, superb aromatic complexity with exotic spice and rich earthiness. Spice dominates the silky palate, with ultrafine yet persistent tannin and hints of liquorice and barbecue char. This wine concludes with lingering black fruit alongside the elegant structure.
⇐ 2019 Estate Chardonnay
True straw with golden depth and green hue. Intense aromatics driven by classic musk Lemon and Lime, interwoven by elegant Burgundian ash. A palate that is velvety and full, held upright with striking acidity. The oak is present alongside the citrus fruit, all working towards a textured finish and exquisite length.
⇐ 2018 Bendigo Shiraz
Deep ruby red colouring. Showing the warmer vintage with deep red fruit characters, spice, stewed plum and the quintessential chocolate. Black fruit in the background adding interest. The palate is approachable with fine grained tannins and plenty of fruit weight, as well as a complexing earthiness. Nice touch of acidity adding structure and interest.
⇐ 2019 Estate Pinot Noir
Brilliant cherry red with a purple hue. A sophisticated nose shows savory spice, cured meats and leather alongside raspberry and other fruits. The palate is controlled from start to finish with potent acidity that speaks to this Pinot living for years. There is elegance in the balance between the sweetness of the blue fruit and this acidity, all contained by ultra-fine tannin that carries through the finish.
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