Marnong Estate is an expansive $35 million property 18km north of Tullamarine airport, overlooking the Macedon Ranges. The 480ha estate is a working farm with Angus cattle. Aside from the restored 19th century homestead, modern facilities include a range of wedding and function venues, restaurant, wine bar, accommodation, farm shop and cellar door. In 2016, the first vines went in following advice from Wine Network Consulting, who continue today with French-born Sandrine Gimon (ex-Rymill Estate, Coonawarra) leading the winemaking. Carl Duncan has come onboard as the full-time vineyard manager. Already, about 16.5ha are under vine including shiraz, chardonnay, pinot noir, montepulciano, pinot grigio, fiano and sangiovese, with more to come; including plans for a winery. -JANE FAULKNER
The Marnong Estate vineyard was first established in 2016. Situated within the Sunbury region, the focus is on growing and making cool climate wines. While planting better known varietals suited to the region like Shiraz, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (Nero), there is also a focus on Italian varietals and wine styles. In particular Montepulciano, Pinot Grigio and Fiano with new plantings of Sangiovese in 2021. All wines are produced from estate grown varieties. The property has an award wining restaurant as well as a more casual café and wine bar, all with spectacular views over the Macedon Ranges. You can also visit our cellar door, farm shop or stay and relax in the unique on-site accommodation.