Visit One Of Victoria's Finest Wine Region: The Mornington Peninsula
The Mornington Peninsula is located approximately 90-minute drive south of Melbourne and is home to approximately 200 vineyards and more than 50 wineries. The first commercial vineyard was established at Main Ridge Estate in 1975, who produced their first vintage in 1980. The Peninsula is a maritime climate, which is ideal for producing cool climate wines. That is why in this region you will find some of the best Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Sparkling in Australia. The region is also starting to produce some great Tempranillo and Rosé.
The Peninsula boasts a number of fantastic cellar doors and restaurants for weekend and weekday visits. Some great areas to visit or stay are Red Hill and Flinders, which have some excellent restaurants, pubs and cafes. Bayside towns such as Portsea, Sorrento, Rosebud and Dromana have some beautiful beaches and some world class surf beaches on the Western Port Bay side.
There are many options to choose when staying on the Peninsula. You can find 5-star resorts set in vineyards, with some great golf courses. If that’s not your style you will also find some great Bed and Breakfast’s in most of the towns. Whichever accommodation you are after, you can find it on the Mornington Peninsula.
The best time of year to visit this region is debatable and depends what you’re after. My personal opinion is all the time! Summer and spring are fantastic for enjoying the outdoor decks and gardens of the wineries, for picnics or walking the properties with a bottle or glass of Rosé. Autumn and Winter are also great for keeping warm by the fire place in one of the great cellar doors or restaurants, enjoying a tasty glass of red wine with a delicious meal.