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Saturday 1 October 2022

A chance for Victorian wine enthusiasts to head for the bush

The Macedon Ranges Budburst wine festival returns next month after a two-year absence with an expanded program.

The annual festival will run from Friday, November 18 to Sunday, November 20.

Being held for the first time since 2019, Budburst will feature over 25 Macedon Ranges winemakers, who will open their wineries and cellar doors to enthusiasts for wine tastings, curated food menus championing local produce, art shows, sculpture walks and live music.

For the first time, the event will run over three days with the inaugural Budburst Blooms on the Friday night that brings pop-up cellar doors from wineries off the beaten track to three hubs across the region.

Budburst Blooms offers wine lovers the chance to speak directly with some of the Macedon Ranges’ more artisanal winemakers while sipping on local drops and grazing on a selection of small bites.

The three Budburst Blooms hubs are Lancefield Lodge in Lancefield, the Victoria Hotel in Woodend and Piper Street Wine Co. in Kyneton.

Over the weekend festivalgoers can choose to travel independently around Macedon Ranges or on board a Budburst Hoppa bus to visit up to five wineries on two dedicated hop-on/hop-off routes.

New for Budburst 2022 is the Daylesford to Kyneton Drive.

This Hoppa bus route shuttles wine lovers between Cliffy’s Emporium in Daylesford and The Kyneton Hotel in Kyneton, visiting event hubs in Trentham and Kyneton as well as Hunter Gatherer Winery.

The other Hoppa route is the Lancefield Loop that departs Woodend Station before weaving its way around wineries in Romsey, Hesket, Newham and Lancefield.

Across the weekend, two festival hubs will be set up at The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Trentham and The Kyneton Hotel in Kyneton featuring a line-up of wineries who don’t have physical cellar doors.

Budburst festival tickets start from $30 (Budburst Blooms only) with a range of packages for across the weekend.

Tickets are on sale from today at

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