This weekend we commandeered (legally) an 11 seater Hiace and headed for the wineries of Macedon Ranges. In the name of the August birthday babies we set out on a carefully constructed celebratory tour starting with caffeine courtesy of iconic bean purveyors Mr Tulk.

Cracking a magnum of sparkles before we hit the freeway, the driver still getting used to the extra vehicle length and the shrieks of excitement, we were in the zone and ready to ‘taste’ plenty of wine and cheese and whatever else the locals wanted to throw in our direction.

After plenty of off-road action we reached Cloud 9 Farm – nestled on a hill, overlooking lush green farmland and a twinkling dam – a great big window took all of our attention away from table laden with house made cheeses and local conserves. Our first taste was already on the table and we worked our way through whilst hearing to the story behind both the wines and the cheeses. The ‘White Velvet’ Camembert style calcium fix is a proper game changer – I’d happily scoot from the other side of the city to get some more (any excuse for a road trip!).

Back on the road, dodging pot holes and kangaroos, we made it to the scheduled stops – amazingly on time.

Paramoor – A former stable, still full of blacksmithing tools and the second biggest set of bellows I have ever seen. Home to a cracking Pinot Gris and some banging window light.

Curly Flat – The kind of Pinot that makes you take it away in a magnum. Open fires, ballsy wines and big fat cuddly ginger cat.

Gisborne Peak – Great Euro style platters and pizzas, very non assuming and family friendly.

I’ve said it many times, but this beautiful big backyard of ours is full of such wondrous things – get amongst it!