Long hours of sunshine and a cool climate means the Mornington Peninsula is an ideal setting for wineries and there are many estates, cellar doors and restaurants worth visiting in this compact and picturesque region.
The region’s most successful drops are its pinot noir and cool-climate chardonnay, while its newer varietals, pinot grigio, pinot gris and shiraz are definitely worth a try as well. Sophisticated palates may be able to taste the difference between the wine produced in the inland villages of Red Hill, Main Ridge and Moorooduc and those of Merricks, Balnarring and Dromana on the coast.
On your exploration of the area make sure you enjoy a gourmet lunch at one of the many award-winning restaurants in the region. The tiny pocket of Main Ridge and Red Hill has several hatted restaurants including La Petanque, Montalto, Port Phillip Estate, Ten Minutes by Tractor and The Long Table.
You will need your own transport to visit the wineries of the Mornington Peninsula and most visitors prefer to visit on a tour with an experienced guide. Winery tours in Mornington Peninsula are an enjoyable, educational and a great way to explore the region’s best wineries and cellar doors and often include a gourmet lunch thrown in. Getting tipsy is of course optional but tempting when you don’t have to do the driving!
Tip: If you can, customize your winery tour to include some of the region’s other attractions including: Arthurs Seat Lookout; Red Hill Brewery; Mornington Peninsula’s natural hot springs; gardens, ocean and bay beaches and the lovely seaside towns of Sorrento and Portsea.