Friday, 20 July 2018

An Australian first: take the train to a wine tasting and lunch

As of tomorrow morning visitors to Daylesford can hop on the train to Passing Clouds winery, enjoy tasting, or maybe a meal, and then join the train for a return journey.

As part of a collaboration between Passing Clouds Winery and Spa Country Railway, co-funded by Regional Development Victoria’s Wine Growth Fund, Pasing Clouds now has its own platform just six kilometres down the line from Daylesford.



The Passing Clouds platform at Musk was officially opened on Thursday and the first public train from Daylesford to Passing Clouds will operate on Sunday July 22.

The historic Railmotor will depart from Daylesford Market every Sunday at 9.45am, 11.00am, 12.15pm, 13.45pm 15.00pm, the journey taking approximately 17 minutes to arrive at Passing Clouds platform at Musk then on to Bullarto.

The last train to depart the Passing Clouds platform returning to Daylesford each Sunday will be at 3.18pm.




An exclusive Passing Clouds train+wine+dine package will be on offer every Sunday of the year. For $290 per couple you can leave the car behind, and in an Australian first, travel by train to Passing Clouds and enjoy lunch at the Dining Room inclusive of a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, and4 four-course share plate lunch with matching Passing Clouds wines.

The initiative has been led by Passing Clouds co-owners Cameron and Marion Leith, two go-getters in the Victorian hospitality industry.

“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," says Cameron Leith.

"Our 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.”

For more general information regarding the Spa Country Railway timetable and fares please see www.dscr.com.au/fares-and-times.php All seating is non-reserved and bookings are not required.

Tickets are available from the ticket office at Daylesford railway station prior to departure. For lunch bookings call (03) 5348 5550.


# Tim Adams points out that Rick Robertson used to bring in trainloads of wine lovers from Adelaide to the Clare Valley until the line was destroyed by fires. 

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