Best Mornington Peninsula Wineries & Wine Tours for 2024

By | Food, Wine, and Travel Writers
Last Updated: April 4, 2024
Vineyard views in Mornington Peninsula Australia

The wine region of Mornington Peninsula in Australia is the perfect destination for #Winetravelers who love the ocean, quality wine and luxury. Read on to see our list of the best recommended wineries to visit in the Mornington Peninsula, along with wine tour options from experts who have spent a significant amount of time on multiple trips to the region.

Just south of Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula is one of Australia’s few true maritime wine regions, surrounded by ocean on three sides. It is similar to Burgundy, France, or Oregon’s Willamette Valley in climate, soils, and wine produced. Due to the region’s cool climate, varietals like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir do well here. Vineyards grow from the gentle, undulating countryside of the north through the rich fertile wooded uplands tumbling down to the southern plains.

In this green and still very pastoral hinterland, the Mornington Peninsula wine renaissance started back in the 1970s. Today there are 200 vineyards, 60 wineries, and 50 cellar doors.

Mornington Peninsula embodies the concept of luxury more than any other wine region in Australia. Its world-class wines, gourmet restaurants, upscale accommodations, many of them oceanfront, and stunning scenery all combine to make it a premier wine destination.

Some of the views you can expect to see along the vineyards and the coast of Mornington Peninsula. Images courtesy Pam & Gary Baker.

ALSO SEE: The Best Wineries to Visit in Australia: Complete Expert Travel Guide

Wines of Mornington Peninsula

Renowned worldwide for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but not limited to either varietal, the Mornington Peninsula offers a cool, Mediterranean maritime-influenced environment. This Victorian appellation has three distinct microclimates. The wine-growing zones experience subtle fluctuations caused, in varying degrees, by altitude, aspect, and wind, not to mention copious sunlight. The soil ranges from granitic sand to red clay. Due to these varying elevations and soil types throughout the region, it produces several different wines in unique styles and characteristics that reflect their respective terroirs.

Almost 50% of the plantings are Pinot Noir, and around 30% are Chardonnay. Pinot Gris, a grape recently introduced to this region, is the third most planted variety. Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc vie for fourth place in the plantings. A small percentage of Fiano, Riesling, and Cabernet Sauvignon also grows here.

The wines live up to the region’s reputation for luxury. Here, few wines sell for less than $30 AUD, and they display the elegance and character that gourmet travelers expect.

The History

Although the Mornington Peninsula began as a small but award-winning wine region in the late 1800s, by 1920, all the vineyards had been abandoned or torn out. Tough economic times and changing tastes drove its decline.

Over the years, there were a few attempts at viticulture, including a vineyard planted in Dromana by the head of the famous Barossa Seppelt family. But it wasn’t until 1980 that Main Ridge Estate released the region’s first commercial vintage. Soon after, the winery won gold medals at the Lilydale Wine Show. Others followed, and by the early 1990s, recognition of the region’s potential to produce quality wine caught the attention of the wine industry.

From its first commercial vintage in 1980, the Mornington Peninsula is now home to 200 vineyards and 60 wineries welcoming visitors with cellar doors, restaurants, and accommodations.

Cellar door sign in Mornington Peninsula
Image courtesy Pam & Gary Baker.

Travel Logistics

Melbourne has two major airports, Melbourne and Avalon, but the closest one to Mornington is the Melbourne (MEL) Airport. Be sure to look for the airport code MEL when booking. For those arriving internationally, connecting through Melbourne Airport is necessary. Qantas, Virgin Australia, and Rex (a smaller, regional airline) fly into Melbourne Airport.

These airlines provide top-notch service, a range of flight options, and comfortable seating arrangements. You can get updates on flight deals as they arise with Skyscanner.

You can also take a train from Sydney’s Central Station to Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station on the NSW TrainLink.

There are three bus lines on the peninsula; however, renting a car offers the ideal mode of transportation.

How to Get to Mornington Peninsula

Just an hour’s drive south of Melbourne, take the M3 Eastlink Toll Road or Nepean Highway, then continue onto the Mornington Peninsula Freeway (M11). The region stretches from Frankston to lovely Sorrento. Red Hill acts as the epicenter of the peninsula’s wineries.

It is possible to get to Mornington via public transportation. Take the Frankston train line and get off at Frankston Railway Station. Then catch the 788 bus towards Portsea.

UBER is also readily accessible in Mornington. You can order on demand or reserve services in advance.

Wine Tours in Mornington Peninsula and Unique Tasting Experiences

Although it’s easy to drive around this compact peninsula, if you’re looking for a guided experience within the valley, there are numerous tour options and bespoke experiences available.

Amour of the Grape wine tour in Mornington Peninsula Australia
Image courtesy Amour of the Grape.

Amour of the Grape, run by Paul and Liz Gough, is ranked number one on Tripadvisor. Paul Gough, a peninsula native, provides a delightful, informative guide. The company is happy to suggest an itinerary for those who are unfamiliar with the region, but they are also happy to take requests. Book here and to get in touch with them.

Images courtesy Explore Australia Tours.

Explore Australia Tours offers a tour that includes stops at Pt. Leo Estate, Rare Hare Wine & Food Store, Montalto, St. Andrews Beach Brewery, Arthurs Seat for panoramic views across the bay, and a final stop at the iconic beach boxes on the beach. Tastings and lunch are included. Book here.

Images courtesy Epicurean Food and Wine Tours.

Epicurean Food and Wine Tours offers a small group food and wine tour that includes a two-course lunch with a glass of wine and wine tasting, plus stops at two more wineries. Book here.

The Best Wineries in Mornington Peninsula

Every #Winetraveler has a preference when it comes to exploring a new wine region. Or, perhaps they’re looking for new experiences within a region they’ve already been. That being said, the Mornington Peninsula winery roundup below is broken into several categories, ranging from wineries in the region that offer lodging, to wineries that have restaurants on the property and/or unique grounds and settings. To be sure, there’s a wine tasting experience here for any kind of traveler.

Wineries with Accommodation

Many of the wineries in the Mornington Peninsula are destinations in themselves, offering a full-service restaurant, cellar door, accommodations, and sometimes a full bar. We list those wineries first that offer accommodation and other amenities.

Crittenden Estate

8 Olivers Road, McLaren Vale

+61 8 8323 7750

Crittenden Estate winemaking team
Image courtesy Crittenden Wines.

What Guests Like About It: Unique wines, the ability to choose which wines to taste, and the onsite restaurant

Garry Crittenden started the estate in 1982. Today, it is home to a modern wine center and lakeview villas. The estate is now managed by second-generation family members Rollo and Zoe. It also features an on-site restaurant owned and operated by Zac Poulier.

Gourmet Traveller awarded Crittenden the “Best Large Cellar Door on the Mornington Peninsula” in 2021 and 2022.

This estate has 20+ different wines made in several different styles. Upon arrival, guests are seated and asked which varietals they are most interested in tasting. With styles ranging from dry to sweet, white to rosé to red, groups will surely find a wine for each person.

Crittenden was the first estate to commercialize several Italian varietals in the region including Sangiovese, Barbera, Nebbiolo, and Arneis. They also have a couple of Savangin wines, Cri de Coeur- a Jura-style wine that has been aged biologically under flor and Zumma, a pure expression of the varietal with no Flor influence. This type of maturation, 100% naturally occurring in their winery, is rarely seen outside of Jura and Jerez. Made by “accident” in 2011, it has been received so well that the winery has continued to make it every year since in small quantities. 

The onsite restaurant, Stillwater, reflects the best seasonal produce, sourced locally and organic where possible. The modern interior is light and breezy with neutral tones. Lunch is available. Check for restaurant hours ahead of time.

The winery has three self-contained villas. Rates include breakfast and wine tasting. You can book any of these villas right here on Tripadvisor.

Open daily, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm. Reservations recommended. Tasting fees $15 (AUD) for the introductory flight. It includes six wines of your choosing. The Cri de Coeur Flight is $35 (AUD).


166 Balnarring Road, Merricks

+61 3 5931 2500

What Guests Like About It: LL Vineyard tour, exclusive wine tasting, and lunch experience in the Rare Hare

Jackalope is named for a mythical North American folklore creature: a jackrabbit with antelope horns. With a hotel, winery, restaurant, bar, spa, and vineyard all included, Jackalope leaves nothing out for visitors or guests. Sprawling vineyards surround a luxury hotel and cellar door where guests can taste some of the region’s best-regarded cool-climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. For a more engaging wine-tasting experience, guests are welcome to sample a multi-course dinner at the on-site Doot Doot Doot Restaurant where a unique selection of limited-release, single-vineyard wines are paired with each course.

The winery’s luxury hotel features an infinity pool that overlooks the vineyards and a sauna. Breakfast is included. In-room dining, martini tasting, and cooking classes are available for hotel guests. You can book your stay right here on Tripadvisor.

Open daily from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Essential tasting is $10 (AUD) per person. Estate tasting is $25 per person. No reservations required for groups under 10. Whiskey tastings are also available in the onsite bar called the Flaggerdoot.

Polperro Winery

150 Red Hill Road, Red Hill

 +61 3 5989 2471

Some of the sights and flavors you can expect at Polperro. Images courtesy Polperro Winery.

What Guests Like About It: The luxe lodging

Polperro Winery, a modern winery started by winemaker Sam Coverdale in 2006, morphed from a winery to much more of a destination since its inception. It features a cellar door, a restaurant, and onsite accommodations.

The wines are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay focused. Their classic wines are labeled “Even Keel,” while their more site-specific range takes the name “Polperro,” which has single vineyard designations.

The bistro attached to the winery offers the most artfully composed dishes on the peninsula. The menu features a pre-fixe five-course lunch with an optional wine pairing.

The lodging at Polperro is very popular with visitors. Each private villa has a gigantic bath, fireplace, usable kitchen, and vineyard steps from the porch. Polperro also rents its farmhouse with three bedrooms and two baths for larger groups. You can book any of these accommodations right here on Tripadvisor.

Polperro provides breakfast and locally crafted coffee to enjoy in the morning, a complimentary wine tasting in their tasting room, and several dining packages as part of your stay. 

The restaurant is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. The cellar door is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Tasting fee is $20 (AUD) per person, no reservation required for groups up to six.

Wineries in Mornington Peninsula with Restaurants

Many of the wineries on Mornington Peninsula also feature onsite restaurants, some more casual, some more elegant. All of these are highly recommended.

Foxeys Hangout

795 White Hill Road, Red Hill

+61 3 5989 2022

What Guests Like About It: Wine tasting with small bites at a reasonable price in a casual ambience

This winery makes Mornington Peninsula’s first fully certified biodynamic wines. At Foxeys Hangout, wine is made to drink with food. Lunch consisting of small share plates is prepared onsite and is typically served outdoors on the deck under umbrellas in good weather. Flights are served in the cellar door for guests interested in wine tasting only.

The white wine flight includes a tasting of Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and a Field Blend. The red flight includes two different Pinot Noirs and a Shiraz.

Wine tasting is available daily from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Tasting fee is $16 (AUD) for a flight. Maximum group size is six people. Lunch is served Friday – Monday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. No dogs allowed.

Main Ridge Estate

80 William Road, Red Hill

+61 3 5989 2686

What Guests Like About It: “Meet the Maker” tasting experience on the weekends, lunch option in the onsite restaurant

Main Ridge Estate is the oldest operational winery in the region, having produced Mornington’s first commercial vintage in 1980: a Pinot Noir, a Pinot Meunier, and a Cabernet Sauvignon. Nat and Rosalie White planted Pinot Noir and later Chardonnay along with other Burgundian varietals in 1975. Even through an ownership change in 2015, these varieties have emerged as the enduring wines of the estate.

In a small, rustic, yet personal cellar door, guests typically receive an authentic one-hour tasting experience, often involving the winemaker himself. Guests are seated at small tables mounted on top of the end of wine barrels.

The Larder Restaurant serves simple, seasonal, and generous sharing dishes, designed to complement Main Ridge Estate’s renowned wines. Wine pairings available. Lunch is also available in the winery on weekends.

Open daily from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Tasting fee is $10 (AUD) per person. Reservations recommended.


33 Shoreham Road, Red Hill

+61 3 5989 8412

What Guests Like About It: A leisurely stroll through the vines along the Sculpture Trail after wine tasting

With a sculptured, walkable garden and a well-developed olive grove, guests enjoy one of Mornington’s most striking locations. The beauty of the site is matched by creative and elegant award-winning wines available for tasting in the cellar door. Seated, 45-minute tastings are hosted by experienced, knowledgeable staff. Guests can enjoy either a mixed, white, or red flight of three Montalto wines paired with local sourced, award-winning cheeses.

Montalto has two onsite dining choices – The Restaurant at Montalto and the Piazza. The Restaurant offers a curated collection of dishes in a modern setting with floor to ceiling views of the vineyard. The Piazza is a more casual option set in Wendy’s Garden with views of the vines and sculptures.

The Restaurant is open Friday – Monday for lunch. Reservations recommended. The Piazza is open daily from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Kitchen closes at 4:00 pm. Walk-ins only.

The cellar door is open daily from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. The tasting fee is $15 (AUD) per person, $30 per person for flights and cheese pairings. Reservations recommended.

Paringa Estate

44 Paringa Road, Red Hill

+61 3 5989 2669

What Guests Like About It: The Estate Pinot Noir and Single Vineyard Pinot Noir

Started in 1984 by Lindsay McCall, a geography teacher at the time, Paringa Estate is one of the premier food and wine destinations in the Mornington Peninsula. Its restaurant has earned Ten Chef Hats (like Michelin stars) since 2013. Its Cellar Door earned “Best Large Cellar Door” in the 2020 Gourmet Traveller Wine Awards.

Although McCall started with Shiraz plantings, he later expanded to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and other cool-climate varieties. Both the Estate Pinot Noir and the flagship wine, Single Vineyard Pinot Noir, are very popular with guests. The estate wines are produced from mature vines now in their third decade.

The Paringa Restaurant matches the quality of the estate’s wines and overlooks the home vineyard. Lunch is served Wednesday to Sunday from 12:00 pm. Dinner is on Saturday from 6:30 pm. Bookings essential.

The estate also offers Garden Dining for casual fare Wednesday to Sunday from 12:00 – 3:00 pm. Walk-ins only.

The Cellar Door is open daily from 11:00 – 5:00 pm. $10.00 (AUD) per person tasting fee. Bookings recommended.

Pier 10

10 Shoreham Road, Shoreham

+61 3 5989 8848

Images courtesy Pier 10 Winery and Restaurant.

What Guests Like About It: The restaurant’s warm, relaxed ambiance and the Cellar Door’s attentive staff

Pier 10 offers an informative yet fun experience in wine tasting. Guests can taste house-made sparkling wines (all Methode Champenoise), followed by aromatic whites including Riesling, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. The tastings are matched cleverly to the seasons of the peninsula. For example, a new Rosé for the summer might be a unique blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. The hero of the peninsula, Pinot Noir, is also well showcased here.

Pier 10 sources fruit from other wine-growing areas of Australia so guests can also enjoy tasting a warmer climate Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon. The Coutta Block Chardonnay Reserve, elegant and smooth with a lovely soft texture on the palate, is a favorite with visitors.

The restaurant’s a la carte menu specializes in modern Australian cuisine, delicious share platters and tapas. It’s open for lunch Thursday – Sunday from 12 Noon. Dinner is available on Friday and Saturday from 6:00 pm.  Reservations recommended.

The cellar door is open Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Walkins welcome and reservations are available.

Pt. Leo Estate

3649 Flinders Road, Merricks

+61 3 5989 9011

What Guests Like About It: Champagne, cocktail, and caviar menu on Saturdays; sculpture park

One of the most luxurious and popular wineries in the region, the stately Pt Leo Estate is a must-stop. Owned by the Gandel Family, known for their successful shopping center ventures, including Chadstone, one of Australia’s biggest shopping malls, no expense was spared on this jaw-dropping estate.

The private estate reopened in late 2017 as a public winery, architectural landmark, and dining destination. Since its reopening, the accolades have been pouring in, especially for the dining. There are not one but two “hatted” restaurants (a designation like a Michelin star) on site. Laura is a two-hat restaurant, and Pt Leo Restaurant is a single-hat restaurant. A third restaurant, the Wine Terrace, offers more casual dining.

The property also features a stunning sculpture park overlooking the ocean, with a separate admission fee. A walk around the park offers some of the best-curated sculptures in Australia.

Pt Leo Estate earned a five-star rating from Halliday Wine Companion in 2023. It produces elegant Chardonnay and sophisticated Pinot Noir, as well as other white and red varietals. The cellar door offers three tiers of wine tastings each with a flight of five wines, a standard wine tasting, a red wine tasting, and a premium wine tasting.

The tasting fee for the standard flight is $15 (AUD) per person, $20 (AUD) for the red wine tasting, and $25 (AUD) for the premium tasting. The cellar door is open daily from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Walk-ins are welcome for groups up to six guests. Groups larger than six cannot be accommodated.

Hours and days vary for each restaurant. Reservations recommended.

Ten Minutes by Tractor

1333 Mornington-Flinders Road, Main Ridge

+61 3 5989 6455

What Guests Like About It: Cheese and wine pairings on weekends, the onsite restaurant

As the unusual name implies, Ten Minutes by Tractor is about time and distance as measured by farm equipment. The winery’s story began in 1997 with three family-owned vineyards in the stunning Main Ridge area of the peninsula, each 10 minutes apart by tractor. Over the years, the winery has grown to include three additional vineyards and produces some of the finest cool-climate wine in the region.

A visit to the cellar door leads guests through an in-depth tasting to discover wines that express the true character of the winery’s surrounding vineyards. The Wallis Chardonnay is popular with guests. But the Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs earn high praise from the Australian wine writing community.

Ten Minutes by Tractor also features an award-winning restaurant on-site. It offers a five-course seasonal tasting menu and optional wine pairings. Open Thursday – Sunday for lunch, Friday and Saturday for dinner from 6:00 pm. Reservations are highly recommended.

The cellar door is open Monday – Saturday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, except public holidays. Reservations recommended.

Yabby Lake

86 – 112 Tuerong Road, Tuerong

+61 3 5974 3729

What Guests Like About It: Large selection of single vineyard wines, views from the restaurant

The winery was started in 1998 by the Kirby Family. At Yabby Lake, the owners pay great attention to the vineyard. The Single Block Release Program, started in 2008, allows the winery to reflect the distinct characteristics of the vineyard’s individual parcels.

The restaurant features classic seasonal fare with a pre-fixe menu of two courses or three. Inside and out, an engaging collection of artworks is on display. The outdoor deck overlooks the vineyard. Open daily for lunch from 12:00 – 2:00 pm. Two courses $75 (AUD). Three courses $90. Reservations recommended.

The tasting is a curated selection of Yabby Lake Vineyard and Heathcote Estate single vineyards.

The Cellar Door is open daily from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Tasting fee $10 (AUD) per person. Reservations required.


53 Main Creek Road, Red Hill

+61 3 5989 2045

Images courtesy Pam & Gary Baker.

What Guests Like Best About It: Intimate tasting experience with the owners, gorgeous gardens

John and Julie Trueman, two retired teachers, do it all at Myrtaceae. They grow the grapes, make the wine and guarantee a warm welcome. Although it’s the smallest vineyard on the peninsula with a cellar door, the Truemans are dedicated to producing wines that provide true expressions of the varietals in their little vineyard.

Located near Arthurs Seat on the Main Ridge of the peninsula, the winery and tasting room are art-deco inspired with blue and teal fittings and features. Tastings of elegant Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Rosé are served in Riedel rolling tasting glassware. To aerate the wine and bring out its bouquet, guests are encouraged to roll these perfectly sized glasses across the tasting bar or nearby covered barrels. Rolling a Pinot Noir unleashed a bouquet of berries, earthiness with a hint of pepper.

Take some time to wander the well-maintained sloping gardens planted proudly by the owners with native Myrtle varietals and take in picturesque views of their small valley location. Open weekends, tasting fee $5 (AUD). Reservations recommended.

Other Things to Do in Mornington Peninsula

While the wineries are one of the area’s biggest draws, the Mornington Peninsula certainly offers other worthwhile stops and activities.

Arthurs Seat

Arthurs Seat is the highest point within the region clocking in at just over 251m above sea level. With both a high elevation and its location along the shoreline, it is perfect for to-die-for views. A stop at the lookout point or a trip on the gondola at the top between winery visits is a must while in the area. 

Visit the Beach in the Morning and Wine Taste in the Afternoon

Basically, the entire coastline is a beach. Safety Beach and Sorrento Beach are two of the best due to the sand quality and lower volume of sunbathers.

Mornington’s Iconic Rainbow-Colored Beach Boxes

Be sure to explore the peninsula’s rainbow-colored beach boxes of Port Phillip Bay. These icons of Mornington can be found from Mount Eliza and Dromana to Rosebud and Portsea.

Images courtesy Pam & Gary Baker.

Hut Yoga in Red Hill

A small yoga studio nestled in the lush greenery of the area offers daily classes. Located right in the heart of Red Hill, Hut Yoga is easy to find and an ideal way to kick off a day of wine tastings. Be sure to book in advance to secure your mat.

Peninsula Hot Springs

Naturally occurring sulfur hot springs found just off the main stretch of wineries within the peninsula heal and rejuvenate. Peninsula Hot Springs, a natural geothermal mineral springs and day spa, offers several types of pools with differing degrees of heat and views.

Where to Eat

Spitfire Mushroom bacon burger
The delicious Spitfire Mushroom bacon burger. Image courtesy Spitfire Burger. Image courtesy Pam & Gary Baker.

Spitfire Burger

1181 Point Nepean Road, Rosebud

+61 3 5982 3368

In Rosebud, Spitfire Burgers claims to serve the “biggest and best gourmet burger” on the Mornington Peninsula. We can’t argue that. Try one yourself while enjoying the wartime memorabilia that is the restaurant’s theme.

The Baths

3278 Point Nepean Road, Sorrento

+61 3 5984 1500

The Baths is known for its fresh, open-air restaurant overlooking Sorrento Beach. Beer-battered fish and chips are popular, but the menu also offers many other tempting dishes. Their extensive wine list includes plenty of wines by the glass to accompany your meal.

Bay Trail to Sorrento Pier
After lunch, walk the Bay Trail to Sorrento Pier and enjoy scenic views of the town and beach. Image courtesy Pam & Gary Baker.

Where to Stay

Holiday home rentals are very popular in this beach and wine vacationland, but two standout hotels include Hotel Sorrento and the Boathouse Resort Studios and Suites.

Hotel Sorrento

5 – 15 Hotham Road, Sorrento

+61 3 5984 8000

Overlooking the sparkling waters of Port Phillip Bay, Hotel Sorrento’s clifftop location, is an ideal spot to base yourself on the Mornington Peninsula. Set in the heart of the lovable town of Sorrento, the hotel lies within walking distance of postcard-worthy beaches. It combines old-world charm with modern luxury. Enjoy dinner and drinks with a view from their onsite restaurant or one of the three cocktail lounges.

Book Your Stay at Hotel Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula on Tripadvisor

The Boathouse Resort

2871 Point Nepean Road, Blairgowrie

+61 3 5988 8088

Ideally located between Rye and Sorrento on the peninsula, the Boathouse Resort offers spacious accommodations opposite the Blairgowrie Beach. Its onsite restaurant, Panda, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Book Your Stay at the Boathouse Resort on Tripadvisor


3746 Point Nepean Rd, Portsea

+61 3 5984 2213

Portsea has some of the best views of the coastline and is a hot spot in the Peninsula during the summer. The hotel includes several bars and two casual restaurants that are able to keep up with the high volume of guests that flock to this popular hotel. Winetraveler’s personal favorite is The Bertrand Bar found on the second floor that doubles as a yoga studio in the morning. It has an open-air feel with the birds-eye view of the water.

Book Your Stay at Portsea on Tripadvisor

What to Pack

Because it is surrounded on three sides by water, Mornington Peninsula is cooler in the summer and milder in the winter than other Victorian regions. During January and February, the maximum daily temperature averages 77°. In July it is 55°. February averages four days of rain while August has around ten.

When visiting the Mornington, it is important to pack appropriately for the weather conditions. For daytime visits during the summer months, visitors should pack light, breathable clothing such as cotton or linen and a hat to protect themselves from the sun. Sunglasses, sunscreen, and comfortable walking shoes are also essential. In the evenings, the temperature drops, and visitors should pack a light sweater or jacket to keep themselves warm.

During the winter months, visitors should pack layers of clothing to stay warm during the chilly mornings and evenings. Warm jackets, scarves, and gloves are also recommended. Comfortable walking shoes are still essential.

It is important to note that Mornington is a casual destination, and there is no need to dress formally. Visitors can wear casual, comfortable clothing during their visit, particularly when visiting the wineries and cellar doors.

Peruse the Winetraveler Shop for some of our trending casual vineyard-hopping apparel that is ideal for exploring the vineyards and indulging in the region’s famous wines.

Frequently Asked Questions about Mornington Peninsula Wineries

How can I visit Mornington Peninsula wineries?

Planning a trip to Mornington Peninsula wineries promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of Victoria’s wine country. Just a stone’s throw away from Melbourne, the valley beckons with its sprawling vineyards and friendly cellar doors, offering world-class Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and other varieties. Breathtaking vistas, sumptuous local gourmet delights, and the charm of winemaking traditions make Mornington a paradise for wine connoisseurs. Whether you choose a guided tour or explore at your own pace, the region’s welcoming ambiance guarantees a taste of the Morningtons’ unique viticultural heritage.

How many cellar doors does Mornington Peninsula have?

McLaren Vale in South Australia is home to 50 cellar doors. This includes a mix of well-established names with international recognition and boutique wineries.

What makes Mornington Peninsula a unique destination for wine enthusiasts seeking exceptional tastings and experiences?

The Mornington Peninsula is not just a destination; it’s a journey for the senses, especially for those with a deep appreciation for wine. This cool climate region, cradled by the Bass Strait and Western Port Bay, is renowned for producing premium wines that have garnered international acclaim. From the elegant Pinot Noir to the complex Chardonnay wines, the area’s boutique vineyards and family-owned wineries (in addition to the ones we mention in this guide), such as Port Phillip Estate, Moorooduc Estate, Eldridge Estate, and Polperro Wines, offer an intimate glimpse into the artistry of winemaking here.

A visit to the Mornington Peninsula is a deep dive into a world where the maritime climate and cool breezes from the Bass Strait synergize to create a terroir uniquely suited for producing fine wine. The vineyards here, including the oldest, Elgee Park, and the picturesque LL Vineyard, offer spectacular views, from pristine vineyards to panoramic vistas of undulating hills and the ocean. The modern and intimate cellar doors, such as those at Moorooduc Estate and the boutique Elgee Park, offer wine lovers a true sense of place and an opportunity to taste some of the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines, meticulously crafted by renowned winemakers like Kevin McCarthy and Quealy Winemakers.

Accommodations in the region, such as the luxurious Jackalope Hotels, offer private terraces and breathtaking views, ensuring every moment is imbued with the essence of the vineyard it overlooks. Fine dining restaurants on the estates, utilizing local produce from kitchen gardens and paired with exceptional wines, promise a memorable meal that captures the true spirit of the Peninsula’s gastronomy.

The Mornington Peninsula is not just about wine. The area also provides beautiful golf courses and a relaxed atmosphere that encourages exploration. From the small, intimate vineyards like Fenian Wines to family-owned estates with generations of winemaking history, every winery visit offers a unique story and a personalized experience. The dedication to quality is evident in every glass, whether it’s a classic style Chardonnay, a cool-climate Pinot Grigio, or an exceptional Pinot Noir, praised by critics including James Halliday for their complexity and elegance.

This region represents a harmonious blend of nature, artistry, and tradition, making it a must-visit for #Winetravelers looking to explore the best wine tastings in a beautiful setting. The Mornington Peninsula offers not just a taste but a deep understanding of Australian wines, celebrated for their classic styles, and a community of winemakers passionate about producing fine wine in this cool maritime climate.

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