I went to the Mornington Peninsula for the Winter Wine Festival with a group of friends and it was great fun. On the first day, we went to the main festival area where all of the wineries in the region were available in one place to taste. It was great to try so many different wines in one location, but a little overwhelming. So for the next two days, we toured around by ourselves visiting vineyards one at a time.
The Mornington Peninsula itself is a beautiful part of the world with beautiful beaches, long piers, great lookouts and even a huge hedge maze. I would love to return in the summer months when I am sure the area sparkles even more.
My top 10 wineries in the Mornington Peninsula are:
- Box Stallion
Box Stallion was my favourite winery in the Mornington Peninsula as I pretty much liked every wine I tasted here- both red and white. It is now, unfortunately closed.
- Foxey’s Hangout
This winery was a highlight as the owner makes and bottles your own personalised bottle of sparkling wine.
- Red Hill
Red Hill has the best views over the water. They also have award winning pinot noir’s and chardonnays.
- Ten Minutes by Tractor
A cute story about three vineyards that are all ten minutes from each other by tractor gave this winery its name. It is kitschy, but fun, with old style tractors to pose on.
- Port Phillip Estate
Port Phillip Estate is well established and well known. All the wines are handpicked and aged in French Oak.
- Paringa Estate
This winery has a beautiful dining room overlooking vineyards, with good food. They produce good classic Mornington Peninsula pinot noir.
- Vidoni Estate Vineyard
Vidoni Estate Vineyard is surrounded by olive groves producing tasty olives, olive oil and olive-related products.
- Willow Creek
This winery makes cool climate single vineyard wines. It is now attached to the Rare Hare restaurant.
- Stonier Wines
Stonier Wines is rated five stars by James Halliday. It produces pinot noir, chardonnay and sparkling wines.
- Moorooduc Estate
With an unusual and imposing building making this estate memorable, they use Burgundian techniques and focus on matching food with wine.
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