Kick off your tour at relaxed Mount Buninyong Winery: maybe wood-fired pizza on a picnic blanket or board games by the fireplace.
Head to Ballarat and ditch the car for a wander. Cubby Haus Brewing is a family-run small-batch brewery and bar; BYO picnic and make an afternoon of it.
The Mallow is a friendly pub with local craft beer on tap. Mitchell Harris Wines showcases its own cool climate range as part of a broad-ranging list; the food is great, too.
Head towards Castlemaine, stopping 40 kilometres along the route at Captains Creek, where the wines and farm produce are organic and there's accommodation if you feel like breaking the tour.
It's a further 50 kilometres to Castlemaine where you can pull up a stool at Shedshaker Brewing for the house beers.
Just beyond town is Henry of Harcourt, a family-run cider producer, where you can sample the wares overlooking a duck pond. 128km