Have you heard? Although the world has turned upside down, good things are happening in the Daylesford Macedon Ranges region.

Welcome Winespeake, an amalgamation of two great Daylesford businesses, Dos Deli and Wine & the Country. It has quickly become the coolest spot to sit and sip, with an incredible range of our best regional wines. Your visit might have to wait a few weeks, but their website is fully stocked and ready for orders!


Discover our latest distillery to add to your gin tour. Hepburn Springs Distillery began with the idea of drawing from the mineral-rich soil, and abundant rainfall of Hepburn. The gins and vodkas are made by hand, fermented in-house and distilled multiple times to ensure they are smooth, full-bodied and packed with flavour. Many of the ingredients are sourced locally, organically and seasonally, which means you’re tasting the essence of Hepburn Springs.


Locals and visitors alike are celebrating the launch of Beppe Kitchen & Bar. The concept is a nod to the original building; the Athens Hotel, built back in the 1860s, which was run by a Greek-Cypriot migrant. With a fresh modern take, Beppe is a transformed space that has quickly become a must-visit neighbourhood trattoria. The menu offers traditional Italian cuisine, with a modern take. Dishes like carbonara, crumbed pork cutlet (already a favourite with locals) and whole baked snapper are offered alongside a pizza menu, with all pasta, bread and pizza dough made in-house.


The little brother to Frank & Connie’s Kitchen, Harry’s Eatery, opened two weeks before Victoria’s first lock-down. In true entrepreneurial style, Head Chef Caliopi Buck has brought everything back to basics; baking with a sense of place. Our bountiful region has an abundance of local seasonal produce which is bartered for the house-made sourdough, to everyone’s delight. Watch this warm, inviting space as it evolves through these hard times; it’ll be here for you on the other side, serving your coffee fix, brunch or hosting your private event.


You’ll be pleased to know that The Dudley Boutique Hotel is celebrating the opening of their new Hepburn Springs location. A complete luxury renovation has taken place at their new premise, and it’s the same quality and elegance that you have come to expect. Explore the region or escape completely into their luxurious rooms.


Please show your support for our businesses who are creating new experiences in these incredibly challenging times. Order from their online stores or book in a dinner or overnight stay when it’s safe to travel – every little bit helps.

Main image: Winespeake, Daylesford. Photo: Karen Brothers Photography