If you are looking at Mornington Peninsula accommodation, we’re sure that you’re interested in checking out some of the local wineries. This region is known for producing some of the most delicious drops in Victoria, not to mention that the vineyards themselves are beautiful places to relax away the afternoon. Some of the wineries nearby to the Cape Schanck Lighthouse include:
▪ Crittenden Estate (Dromana)
This vineyard was first planted in 1982. The Crittenden family is also one of the first winemakers in the country to embrace styles from Italy and Spain, resulting their delicious Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Tastings are available in the newly built Crittenden Wine Centre, which allows visitors to experience a unique format with stunning views.
▪ Foxeys Hangout (Red Hill)
This vineyard is the brainchild of brothers, Michael and Tony Lee. Both had a number of years experience in winemaking before they decided to open their own winery. The cellar door also doubles as a café, serving delicious lunches by head chef Tony. Visitors also have the opportunity to ‘create’ their own sparkling wine to take home (a popular endeavour!).
▪ Stonier Wines (Merricks)
When staying at Mornington Peninsula accommodation, we recommend visiting this vineyard, which is known for being one of the first in the region. They specialise in single vineyard wines, which is a very lengthy process but one that is certainly worth the wait. The cellar door is open 7 days a week and bottles are available for purchase online.
▪ Ten Minutes by Tractor (Main Ridge)
This winery actually consists of three vineyards, each only ten minutes apart by tractor. The first component was put into place, back in 1982, whilst the last one was only finished 2000. Some of the drops they are known for include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Whilst there is no proper cellar door, wines can be sampled in the restaurant.
▪ T’Gallant (Main Ridge)
This vineyard describes their winemaking technique as ‘expressive’ – they’re made with European influences and often feature an Australian twist. After its conception in 1990, T’Gallant actually became Australia’s leader in cool climate grape varieties. The cellar door is open 7 days a week for your tasting convenience and there’s an onsite restaurant.
▪ Tucks Ridge (Red Hill South)
This vineyard is known for the production of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinor Gris and Shiraz, plus a range of other delicious wines. For the full experience, we recommend dining in the onsite restaurant where the menu is filled with suggested food and wine combinations. The cellar door and restaurant are both open 7 days a week.
We hope that you take the time to visit some of the local wineries when staying at Mornington Peninsula accommodation in the near future. We have only scraped the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the gorgeous vineyards found on the Peninsula – whether you enjoy a white, a red or a sparkling, we’re sure that you’ll find a drop that you fall in love with.