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 The Fools On The Hill Chardonnay
Pale yellow with a tinge of green, this wine showcases fine delicate aromas of complex citrus, curd, pleasant oak, almond and brioche. The palate offers restraint with texture and tension brought by grippy phenolics and driving acid. Cool-climate citrus is dominant here, borne from a cool growing season. A lean machine bolstered with judicious and classy French oak.
⇐ 2017 The Fools On The Hill Pinot Noir
Pale ruby-red in colour, this wine offers subtle briar and an earth perfume. Bright cherry fruit with floral and herbaceous aromas, it has a very elegant style with fresh berry fruits at the forefront, emphasised by tension and texture brought on by lively acid and chalky tannins. A crisp, sophisticated pinot noir from a cool-climate year and vineyard.
⇐ 2016 Serpentine Shiraz
Deep red in colour with a purplish hue, this wine has a powerful aroma of earth and spice, fresh and dried herbs, as well as vibrant black and dark-red fruit. The palate has a wonderful richness and density, while retaining a definitive elegance. There is a ripeness and boldness that excels in this wine, which will continue to improve with age.
⇐ 2016 The Angel Cabernet Sauvignon
The best barrels of cabernet sauvignon were all from the Serpentine vineyard, where 33 per cent of the blend enjoyed a post-fermented maceration. The wine shows attractive perfumed aromas with pure cassis fruit, while the mid-palate is juicy and attractive. Voluminous, mature tannins provide structure, which demonstrates the ageability of this wine.
30 Roddas Lane,
Open 10:00am–5:00pm daily
La famiglia-style dining. Open from 12:00pm Friday to Monday
Weddings & Functions
The Annual Wine Event takes place in March to celebrate all things Passing Clouds. 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 details