The Best Wineries on the Mornington Peninsula for an Unforgettable Wine Weekend
Taste your way around one of Victoria’s most exciting food and wine region, by making your way through the best wineries on the Mornington Peninsula.
The Mornington Peninsula is more than just pretty beaches and golf – it’s also one of Victoria’s most exciting wine regions. Known for producing brilliant pinot noirs and chardonnays, there are over 50 wineries to explore, as well as a number of unmissable dining destinations. Taste your way around some the best wineries on the Mornington Peninsula, and perhaps enjoy a memorable meal while you’re there.
If you’ve ever wanted to spend an entire day at a single winery, Pt. Leo Estate has it all. With rolling vineyards, dazzling ocean views, cutting-edge architecture, a sculpture garden and not one, but two-hatted restaurants, you’ll definitely have earned yourself a drink by the time you’re done exploring one of the best wineries on the Mornington Peninsula. Luckily, their cellar door is just as polished. A five-wine flight features pinot gris, chardonnay and shiraz as you gaze over the bay.
3649 Frankston-Flinders Road, Merricks
This family run-winery recognises that the enjoyment of wine depends on more than just how it tastes, creating an abundance of vineyard experiences for visitors. Perhaps the most delightful of these is the Summer Picnic (available from October to May), where you can grab a bottle of their award-winning pinot noir as you stroll to one of three gorgeous private picnic sites, where a set menu of delicious local fare awaits.
33 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South
Ten Minutes By Tractor is a must visit for those passionate about food and wine. Named after the convergence of three family owned Mornington Peninsula wineries (each ten minutes by tractor apart), the estate offers some of the truest expressions of the region's varieties as well as inspired dining. Having received two hats as recently as 2018, Chef Adam Sanderson’s tasting menu celebrates the incredible local produce taken from neighbouring farms, the kitchen garden and ingredients foraged from around the region.
1333 Mornington-Flinders Road, Main Ridge
Katherine Quealy and Kevin McCarthy were among the early wave of winemakers to move to the Mornington Peninsula, yet their output has consistently been some of the most innovative and elaborate. They were the first in Australia to plant friulano, and with the help of their son, Tom, they’re creating some of the region's finest skin-contact wines. Visit on the weekend and the elegant chatelaine Louise will happily regale you about the winemaking process over a made-to-order cheese platter.
62 Bittern-Dromana Road, Balnarring
Few things go better with fine wine than a great view, and the sweeping vistas from Red Hill Estate's cellar door and restaurant, overlooking Westernport Bay, are some of the grandest around. Known as one of the best wineries on the Mornington Peninsula, the cellar door is open daily from 11am-5pm and if you’re looking for seasonally-inspired modern-italian dining, Max’s Restaurant is a surefire winner.
53 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South
Established by school teacher turned winemaker Lindsey McCall in 1985, Paringa estate has consistently turned out some of Australia’s top chardonnay, pinot noir and cool-climate shiraz. Arrive on the weekend to sample some of their iconic single-vineyard wines and stay for an intimate dining experience at their two-hatted restaurant, overlooking the valley and beyond.
Paringa Road, Red Hill South
With the highest elevation of any winery in the region, Myrtacae offers a quiet and relaxing wine adventure for those happy to divert from the beaten track. Apart from a gorgeous garden setting, you’ll be rewarded with a unique “rolling tasting” experience (rolling special Riedel glasses on their side to unlock the aromas) led by owners John and Julie Trueman, who also grow the grapes and make the wines.
53 Main Creek Road, Red Hill
Famous for their single-vineyard pinot noirs, chardonnay and pinot gris, Polperro Wines follow a mix of organic and biodynamic principles making them one of the best wineries on the Mornington Peninsula. You can visit their intimate cellar-door space for a wine-flight, or book a picnic for two in the vineyard and sample some local delights. You might even choose to extend your stay with boutique accommodation in the rustic-chic Polperro Farmhouse and wake up to a workout at HotHut Yoga, located on the estate.
150 Red Hill Road, Red Hill
Winemakers and owners Ewan and Maitena love to welcome visitors onto their splendorous 5-acre winery and cellar door (all of which they built themselves) to taste their soulful, full-flavoured and balanced drops. And if you’re at the stage of your wine tour where your palate is starting to fatigue, Phaedrus have also launched their Mornington Peninsula Distillery Beach Box Gin, available for tasting at the cellar door.
220 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Moorooduc
Home to the first-ever pinot noir to claim the Jimmy Watson trophy, Yabby Lake offers an unbelievable range of wines to taste at their laid-back cellar door. Alongside a bottle of pinot noir or chardonnay, visitors can enjoy settling down on the deck for a long lunch (followed by Market Lane Coffee) and admiring the exceptional collection of Australian art.
86-112 Tuerong Road, Tuerong
Rare Hare is the fun and funky winery and restaurant attached to the famed Jackalope Hotel. WIth three levels of wine tastings available, wine romantics in-the-making should indulge with the Wine Immersion Experience, spending an hour exploring the vineyard, tasting their stellar single vineyard wines and snacking on an expertly-curated cheese board.
166 Balnarring Road, Merricks North
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