Visitors to Passing Clouds Winery in the Macedon Ranges can now arrive by train – at its very own branded platform at Musk, six kilometres from the thriving spa town of Daylesford.
MP Mary Ann Thomas will perform the official opening of the Passing Clouds Platform at Musk tomorrow, and the first public train from Daylesford to the winery will operate on Sunday.
The historic Railmotor will depart the Daylesford Market every Sunday at 9.45am, 11am, 12.15pm, 1.45pm and 3pm, the journey taking about 17 minutes to arrive at Passing Clouds platform at Musk, then onto Bullarto.
The last train to depart the Passing Clouds platform returning to Daylesford each Sunday is at 3.18pm.
A Passing Clouds train + wine + dine package will be on offer every Sunday.
The initiative, led by Passing Clouds’ Cameron and Marion Leith, was designed to create a “remarkable and unique” experience for wine tourists and includes a complete rebuild of the Passing Clouds cellar door.
Co-funded by Regional Development Victoria’s Wine Growth Fund, the railway platform has been constructed at the bottom of the Passing Clouds estate and a new stop has been added to the regular timetable, making Passing Clouds a must-visit destination for wine enthusiasts.
“We aim to further increase patronage with our collaboration with the Spa Country Railway and the new Passing Clouds platform at Musk adjoining our property, which will be a stop on the regular train route and will add a remarkable and unique experience for wine tourists like no other in Australia,” Cameron said.
“In just two short years since we opened the Dining Room at Passing Clouds, visitation to the estate has increased exponentially and the demand for the small space we had available for cellar door visitors was being pushed to its limits. The new cellar door allows visitors to take in the whole Passing Clouds experience in a fabulous new, modern, inclusive, open space. We couldn’t be happier to know visitors will now get the full experience when they visit us.”
Passing Clouds was the name given to the tiny family owned wine producer when in 1974, having tirelessly hand planted their central Victorian Bendigo vineyard, they were hoping for rain. Rain clouds would come, threaten and pass, and on old gold diggings and a deserted creek bed, they planted shiraz and cabernet sauvignon.
Under the watch of Cameron Leith and the mentoring of his father Graeme, a full range of wines from the dual regions makes up the Passing Clouds portfolio: shiraz and cabernet from Bendigo, and chardonnay and pinot noir from Macedon. The brand has made Musk its home.