The Mornington Peninsula is located to the southeast of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. With an abundance of natural attractions, beaches and coastal sights, the Mornington Peninsula wine region is a popular location to visit. Its lush fertile valleys and mild climate also make it ideal for vineyards. The region has a deep history of winemaking, stretching back to the late 19th century. As one of the leading regional tourism locations in Australia, the Mornington Peninsula region contributes over $1.2 billion in Australia’s tourism revenue.
Mornington Peninsula Wine History
Today the Mornington Peninsula has established itself as a key Australian region for winemaking. One of the earliest mentions of the region’s winemaking comes from the Intercontinental Exhibition in London where the 1886 Dromana wine won an honourable mention. However, during the 1920s many Mornington Peninsula fell into disrepair from the 1920s onwards due to increasing competition from South Australia and British imports. Since the 1970s, the Mornington Peninsula experienced a significant winemaking boom, establishing itself not only as a tourist haven but also as a premier winemaking region of Australia and the world.
The most common types of wine produced on the Mornington Peninsula are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, since these are most suited for the cool maritime climate. Driving through the rolling hills and sheltered valleys where the Peninsula vineyards are located can feel like you’re in France or Italy.
How To Get There
The Mornington Peninsula is just over an hour’s driving southeast of Melbourne. The easiest and fastest way to get there by car is to take the M1 and join the Eastlink tollway. By following the signage on the Mornington Peninsula Freeway you’ll be in the heart of Mornington Peninsula winemaking before you know it.
If you’d prefer to take public transport, all of Mornington Peninsula’s villages have local buses that pass through them. On weekdays, the buses depart every day 45 minutes from Frankston. Trains from Melbourne usually reach Frankston in 20 minutes or so.
If you’re on the Bellarine Peninsula or near Geelong, you can take the Searoad Ferries Queenscliff Sorrento
Mornington Peninsula Wineries Map
Wineries in Mornington Peninsula
Mornington Peninsula is blessed with an abundance of wineries, which can make it hard to decide which one to visit first. To make things a little easier for you, here are some of our favourite wineries on the Mornington Peninsula. All of these wineries are surrounded by beautiful scenery and offer unique and enjoyable experiences. So let’s take a look.
1. Quealy Winemakers
Quealy Cellar Door transports you into the heart of the winery. After arriving on the Mornington Peninsula in 1988, Kathleen and Kevin started to cultivate and sourced single vineyard Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir from some of the oldest wine areas on the Peninsula. A focus on an Italian winemaking tradition has inspired unique wine production including Friulano, Secco Splendido and Pobblebonk.
5 ⭐️ TripAdvisor rating from 47 reviews
4.8 ⭐️ Google rating from 52 reviews
2. Mont Rouge Estate
Mont Rouge Estate set in picturesque Red Hill amongst acres of vineyards has been inspired by French-style architecture. When you visit the cellar door, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Burgundy, Alsace or Cotes du Rhone. The seasonal menu complements the handmade estate grown wines that include Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. Using an old style production method, the subtle oak that permeates the cooler climate wines.
5 ⭐️ TripAdvisor rating from 42 reviews
4.5 ⭐️ Google rating from 12 reviews
3. Rahona Valley Vineyard
Rahona Valley Vineyard is located in Red Hill South on the Mornington Peninsula. This 25-year-old boutique vineyard is situated in a hidden valley of fertile, rich red basalt soil. Since 2014, Toby and Dianne have worked tirelessly to create a relaxed and welcoming cellar door where you can taste and purchase white wine, red wine and sparkling wine. With a focus on quality over quantity, their wine reflects the French Burgundy principle with dense planting to encourage vigorous vines. Their high-quality wines not only taste fabulous but are produced using sustainable farming principles and best practice vineyard management.
5 ⭐️ TripAdvisor rating
5 ⭐️ Google rating
4. Polperro Winery
Polperro Winery is nestled amongst 25 acres of vines in the heart of Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula. Offering boutique, luxury villa style accommodation, cellar door and restaurant, Polperro Winery has established a reputation for top quality wines and delicious food. Open for lunch and dinner, the sun-drenched dining room and restaurant offer stunning views over the grapevines.
4 ⭐️ TripAdvisor rating from 95 reviews
4.2 ⭐️ Google rating from 240 reviews
5. Panton Vineyard
Panton Vineyard is a family-owned and boutique vineyard located in Shoreham on the Mornington Peninsula. Established in 1995, this family-run winery with a north-east aspect produces high-quality Rose, Sangiovese, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. This single estate winery produces premium wine grapes that are sourced by other local wineries including Tucks Ridge, T’Gallant, Quealy wines, Stonier and Balnarring Vineyard.
4.5 ⭐️ TripAdvisor rating
4.9 ⭐️ Google rating
6. T’Gallant Cellar Door
T’Gallant Cellar Door located in Main Ridge Mornington Peninsula has been inspired by Italy. With a large piazza overlooking the vineyard, you can taste wines as you enjoy wood-fired pizza and the classic provincial Italian style dishes. Established in 1990 with two vineyards planted with Pinot Grigio, the distinctive differences between them encouraged further exploration of Italian and French winemaking methods. T’Gallant Pinot Grigio has a style typical of northern Italy with a rich, luscious character, while T’Gallant Pinot Gris is influenced by Alsace in France and Friuli in Italy.
4 ⭐️ TripAdvisor rating
3.8 ⭐️ Google rating
7. Crittenden Estate
Crittenden Estate Wine Centre is a vineyard, winery, and wine centre all in one located in Dromana on the Mornington Peninsula. Established in 1982, Crittenden Estate is a family run business that focuses on producing high-quality cool climate wines. With over 25 different wine styles to taste, you’ll enjoy exploring Italian and Spanish style influences. Their seated wine educational tastings led by their knowledgeable staff make this venue a must-visit for new and experienced wine aficionados.
4.5 ⭐️ TripAdvisor rating
3.8 ⭐️ Google rating
8. Old Apple Shed
The Old Apple Shed was established in 2017 and is located at Boneo Mornington Peninsula. As one of the newer cellars in the Mornington Peninsula, it looks unimposing from the outside. Once inside though, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the vast selection of locally sourced wine and ciders on offer. With a casual, relaxed vibe each visit you’ll love tasting the high-quality wines.
5 ⭐️ TripAdvisor rating
3.9 ⭐️ Google rating
Winery Tours in Mornington Peninsula
Another option for those after a hassle-free and enjoyable visit to the Mornington Peninsula is to book a winery tour. We suggest you investigate the following winery tours:
- Gourmet PawPrints – take your dog with you as you visit wineries
- MP Plunge
- Elevate wine tours
- Wine Hop tours
Things To Do In Mornington Peninsula
While you’re travelling around the Mornington Peninsula wine region, it’s a great opportunity to explore other highlights. We suggest the following venues are well worth a visit.
Peninsula Hot Springs based on the Mornington Peninsula is set amongst rolling sand dunes and coastal bushland. This award-winning geothermal hot spring offers a variety of hot springs, day spa, dining and wellness packages.
Arthurs Seat Eagle is a gondola-style cable car that passes high over Arthur’s Seat State Park. Featuring scenic views across the crystal blue water of Port Phillip Bay towards Melbourne’s skyline you’ll gain an appreciation of how fabulous this region is.
The Enchanted Adventure Garden is also located at Arthur’s Seat and offers experiences including tree surfing, canopy tree walks, zip lining and adventure mazes.
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