2022 is the year where all good festivals return after being put on hold by COVID, and Macedon Ranges’ Budburst Food & Wine Festival is no exception. Budburst Food & Wine is organised by the Macedon Ranges Vignerons Association and gives festival goers the ability to explore the vineyards and produce of the Macedon Ranges. From Woodend to Daylesford and from Kyneton to Launcefield, explore the best the Macedon Ranges has on offer.
Budburst Festival will take place on the weekend of the 19th and 20th of November 2022 with a new addition of a Budburst Bloom opening night on the 18th of November 2022.
Budburst Blooms (Opening Night)
For the first time the festival now includes an opening night on Friday the 18th of Novenber. Budburst Blooms is set to be a great festival opener in one of three festival hubs at Piper Street Wine Company in Kyneton, The Lancefield Lodge in Lancefield or at the Victoria Hotel & bottle shop in Woodend. Meet wine wakers, taste local wines that are off the beaten track and sample some of the local delights the Macedon Ranges has on offer.
Main Festival Information
During the two main days of festival, over 30 winemakers are opening their doors for wine tasting, combined with live music, locally produced food and art exhibitions. All wineries are open from 9am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, and two festival hubs have been established to show off smaller winemakers that don’t have a dedicated cellar door. You can self drive between the wineries and curate your own tour (but be careful and don’t drink-drive), or you can buy an additional ticket for the Hoppa Bus, touring two dedicated routes visiting all wineries.
The festival hubs will be open at The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Trentham and the Kyneton Hotel in Kyneton. This is your chance to taste wine from smaller vineyards and wine enthusiast that you don’t normally get to try. This includes: Athletes of Wine, Cold Acre from the Macedon Ranges, Lord Malmsbury Vineyard, MetCalfe Valley Wines, North Wine, Northern Hope Winery, Pegeric Wines, local favourite Shadowfax wines and ZigZag winery from the Kyneton/Drummond area.
Participating vineyards with cellar doors
With over 30 vineyards participating across the Macedon Ranges, Kyneton, Daylesford, Trentham, Lancefield and surrounds, you will be spoilt for choice. Choose your own wine tasting tour through the region:
- Cleveland Winery, Lancefield (underground cellar door, shiraz, chardonnay and sparking pinot noir).
- Cobaw Ridge, Pastoria – between Kyneton and Lancefield (chardonnay, pinot noir , shiraz and lagrein).
- Double Oaks Estate, Lancefield (chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, riesling, shiraz, chennin blanc, pinot noir and white cabernet, rose).
- Granite Hills, Baynton – between Kyneton and Lancefield (pinot noir, riesling, chardonnay, shiraz and more).
- Hanging Rock Winery, Newham (sparkling, chardonnay, pinot noir, riesling, shiraz and more).
- Hesket Estate, Hesket – between Woodend and Romsey (a range of sparking, pinot noir, chardonnay, riesling and more).
- Hunter-Gatherer, Pastoria – between Kyneton and Lancefield ( sparkling, pinot noir, riesling, shiraz and more).
- Kyneton Ridge, Kyneton (a range of sparkling, pinot noir, shiraz, and chardonnay)
- Lane’s end Vineyard, Lancefield ( chardonnay and pinot noir)
- Lyons Will Estate, Lancefield (riesling, chardonnay, pinot noir, gamay)
- Midhill Vineyard, Romsey (sparkling, pinot noir, chardonnay).
- Mount Momentum, Romsey (pinot noir, riesling, chardonnay and shiraz).
- Mount Towrung Vineyard, Mount Macedon (prosecco, giovanni, nagroamaro, lagrein)
- Parkside Winery & Farm, Lancefield (pinot noir, chardonnay)
Budburst Hoppa Bus
The Hoppa Bus allows you travel from winery to winery on two dedicated routes. The Lancefield Loop, will take you from Woodend Train Station to Mount Momentum, Parkside Winery & Farm, Lyons Will Estate, Hesket Estate and Hanging Rock Winery. The Lancefield loop hoppa departs every 15-20 minutes between 9.45am and 5pm.
The second route is the Daylesford drive, starting at Cliffy’s Emporium in Daylesford via the event hubs in Trentham and Kyneton to Hunter Gatherer winery and then the same route back.
Tickets for the hoppa bus are $50 per person, per day and exclusively available for sale online prior to the festival. Tickets are expected to run out quickly and cannot be purchased on the day.
Accommodation for Budburst Food & Wine Festival
Don’t forget to book your accommodation quickly, as it’s a busy period and the area tends to fill up pretty quickly. Now where to book accommodation really depends on how you want to go around the region during the festival. All bus shuttles and the Budburst hoppa (hop on/hop off) all used to go from Woodend. So if you don’t want to drive, make sure that you stay around there.
If you do have your own car, and found someone happy enough to drive you around and not join in the tasting festivities than the region is your oyster. Combine it with a stay in Daylesford, Kyneton or Trentham.
For a full overview of the Accommodation in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, check out our Accommodation Overview page. We also keep track of the latest hotel deals in the area, so you don’t pay over the odds. Lastly – as locals we know all the local hotels and have our favourites. Check out our list of the best hotels in the region so you don’t have to do your own research.
Tickets for Budburst Festival
Early Bird tickets are now on sale until the 30th of September with a 10% discount. You can use the promotional code EARLYBIRD2022 for the discount to be applied.
There are several types of tickets available for Budburst Festival:
Budburst Blooms on Friday the 18th of November
This ticket will give you access to the Budburst Festival Opening Night on the 18th of November. An evening where the wineries come to you for an evening of tastings. Meet the wine makers, try a range of Macedon Ranges wines combined with terrific locally produced food. Tickets are $30 per person (plus a booking fee) and you can join at any of the three Budburst Blooms hubs at Piper Street Wine Company in Kyneton, The Lancefield Lodge in Lancefield or at the Victoria Hotel & bottle shop in Woodend.
One Day Sampler or Two Day Weekend Wanderer Tickets
The One or Two day sampler tickets give you access to Budburst Blooms, the opening night as well as the main festival for either one or both days. You will receive a festival entry wristband, festival glass for wine tasting, wine tasting at all participating wineries and access to all live music at the hubs throughout the festival. If you purchase a One Day sampler ticket, you can choose if you join the Saturday or the Sunday night. a One Day sampler ticket is available at $59 per person and the Two Day Weekend Wanderer ticket is $95 per person (plus booking fee).