Close by and just south west of the city of Melbourne Australia, the Mornington Peninsula has a glorious tapestry of changing scenery. Natural bushland gives way to fertile grazing land, beautiful orchards, rugged coast line and flourishing vineyards.
Wines from the Peninsula have grown under the moderating influence of the surrounding bays, the wines of this region are characteristically fresh and full flavoured. Pinot Noir is well represented in the Mornington Peninsula wine region, as is Chardonnay, Shiraz and Tempranillo.
The outstanding Pinot Noir produced here is highly regarded, while the Chardonnay tend to display a rich fruit flavour, with gentle tannins and a superb easy to drink ability. Another signature wine style found on the Mornington Peninsula is Pinot Grigio.
There are numerous wineries here. Here is a short list of some of the more notable ones:
Originally a stud for thoroughbred horses, the stallion boxes are still there in a building that has been developed as a cellar door and restaurant. This is a picturesque location with quality wine, Arneis and Shiraz have enjoyed particular success. Cellar door sales: 11am - 5pm daily Dining: Café style with an emphasis on fresh produce, as well as the Box Stallion Wine Bar.
64 Tubbarubba Road, Merricks North VIC 3926
Tel: +61 3 5989 7444 Fax: +61 3 5989 7688
Noted for its range of quality wines and its Italian styles such as Dolcetto, Barbera, Nebbiolo and Sangiovese. Dining: A la carte lunch daily, dinner Friday and Saturday. Bookings: 03 5981 9555. Cellar door sales: 11am - 4pm weekends.
25 Harrisons Road, Dromana VIC 3936
Tel: +61 3 5987 3800
The historic Tuerong homestead serves light food in its lush gardens and has a large range of wines for the tasting. Dining: Finger foods, lunches, pizza, platters and picnic hampers. Cellar door sales: 11am - 5pm daily in summer, 11am - 5pm Wed - Sun (Autumn, Winter & Spring).
RMB 555 Old Moorooduc Road, Tuerong VIC 3933
Tel: +61 3 5974 4400
Five star Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Vineyard. Dining: Modern Australian Cuisine, often featuring regional or seasonal specialities with a comprehensive regional and international wine list. Cellar door sales: Wine available from Linden Tree Restaurant, Lindenderry (Open daily).
142 Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill VIC 3937
Tel: +61 3 5989 2933
This picturesque property of vineyards, olive groves, wetlands and streams has started life rather auspiciously, winning four medals at the inaugural Cool Climate Wine Show. Dining: Excellent modern provincial cuisine with an emphasis on fresh local produce. Seasonal dinners and cooking classes. Light food in the piazza. Cellar door sales: 11am - 5pm daily. Open until 11pm Friday and Saturday nights.
33 Red Hill Shoreham Road, Red Hill South VIC 3937
Tel: +61 3 5989 8412
Visit Paringa Estate for a true wine and food experience. Try one of the most highly acclaimed Pinot Noirs in Australia in the spectacular environment, overlooking the vines. Dining: This restaurant offers modern Australian à la carte cuisine. Cellar door sales: 11am - 5pm daily.
44 Paringa Road, Red Hill South VIC 3937
Tel: +61 3 5989 2669 Restaurant +61 3 5931 0136
Just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne on Victoria’s beautiful Mornington Peninsula. Red Hill Estate with its award winning wines and panoramic views of Port Philip Bay, is a magical destination. Dining: Max’s Restaurant at Red Hill Estate is open for lunch and dinner. The restaurant has sweeping views over the immaculate vineyards and Western Port Bay with à la carte international and Mediterranean cuisine. Cellar door sales: 11am - 5pm daily.
53 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South VIC 3937
Tel: +61 3 5989 2838 Restaurant +61 3 5931 0177
The Geelong wine region, producies wonderful Pinot Noir and some stunning Chardonnays along the coast, while inland, the Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon have gathered and are continuing to gather accolades.
Jindalee Estate has just undergone a complete refurbishment. Visitors can now try both the Jinerlee and Fettlers Rest range at the new tasting rooms overlooking the beautiful Moorabool Valley. Dining: Tasting platters Cellar door sales: 10am - 5pm daily.
265 Ballan Road, Moorabool VIC 3221
Tel: +61 3 5276 1280
Although its name immortalises Geelong’s first vigneron, the Swiss-born David Pettavel who arrived in these parts in 1842, this grand new enterprise is as modern as tomorrow. A broad driveway leads to an imposing, contemporary winery/restaurant complex surrounded by vineyard. As one would expect from a Geelong winery, complex Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are stand-outs in a large range of well-made wines. Dining: One of regional Victoria’s finest restaurants, an experience not to be missed. Open: 10am - 5pm daily.
65 Pettavel Road, Waurn Ponds VIC 3216
Tel: +61 3 5266 1120
Inspired by winemaker Matt Harrop, Shadowfax is a full working winery situated just 30km from Melbourne, producing a range of premium wines. Contemporary in design, functions and style, Shadowfax appeals not only to lovers of fine wines but all interested in architecture and nature. Dining: Classic wood fired pizza and light lunches. Accommodation: The Mansion Hotel at Werribee Park. Five star boutique hotel with 92 rooms, restaurant, bar and spa complex. Cellar door sales: 11am - 5pm daily.K Road, Werribee VIC 3030
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