The Mornington Peninsula is many things. A family friendly beach paradise, a place for the wealthy city slickers to summer and an amazing food and wine destination.
With cooler weather and pretty scenery in autumn approaching and it is the perfect time of year to get your wino on.
So, send the kids to stay with Grandma and Grandpa, hire a driver and clear your weekend schedule so you can enjoy all the spoils of the local grapes.
Arguably one of the best views on the Peninsula, this stunning winery has something for everyone! A cellar door overlooking vines, countryside and the ocean with a casual dining area where you can share tasting plates to accompany your wine. Or if you are after something just a little more fancy, you can opt to have a meal in the dining room and enjoy many, many bottles of wine with your courses.
Paringa Estate is a relatively young winery, having only been established in the mid-eighties, but it is responsible for some of the Peninsula’s most renowned pinot noir and shiraz. Winner of Best Cellar Door in 2016 and the recipient of a 2017 Good Food guide hat in their restaurant, Paringa Estate is the place to go when you want the whole winery experience. Expect to see a lot of local produce on the menu, like the local mussels, with each dish having a recommended wine pairing.
The unusual name comes from the local story – that in the 1930s, two fox trappers used a tree near the winery’s current location to hang the fox corpses from the day’s hunt. Locals continued the practice of hanging fox corpses for decades but, in 2011 the dead tree was moved to the side of the road. A healthy sapling now grows in its place. Not only a great story, but great wine and share food too.
Another great name – another great winery. Three vineyards, only ten minutes by tractor apart in time, but very different in altitude, soil and wind, which makes for different grapes and interesting winemaking. Some of the least pretentious, yet most exquisite food on the Peninsula. Beautiful pieces of meat cooked to perfection, fresh, local vegetables and stunning desserts – this is the place to go for a special, multi-course meal. And don’t drive, you will want to enjoy the wine!
With their 5 star James Halliday rating intact for 2017, as well as winning a Gold Medal among many other accolades at the 2016 Victorian Wine Show, Red Hill Estate are not simply a success on paper. Loved by locals and tourists alike for their stunning pinot noirs, pinot gris’ and chardonnays, typical of the cool climate of the region, they also do stunning shiraz and sav blanc for those who are more inclined.
For more great wineries on the Mornington Peninsula, check out Wine Compass.