Whether you’re commemorating a big birthday, celebrating a milestone, or just looking to treat yourself and your friends to a memorable day, a winery tour is always a good idea. Open air, delicious fresh food, views of rolling hills and vineyards, good mates, and wine. What’s not to love?
If you’re toying with the idea of a wine tour in Victoria, the Mornington Peninsula is the ultimate region to explore. Renowned for its stunning vineyards, incredible local produce, and world-class wines, the Mornington Peninsula is home to some of the best big-name and boutique wineries in the country.
Not all winery tours are made equal, so we’ve collated a list of the best winery tours on the Mornington Peninsula. From private luxury experiences to cycling trips, this list has a tour for every palette.
Winery and Lunch Tour with a Private Car
If you’re looking to go all out and splurge, the Winehop Winery and Lunch Tour with a Private Car is our top pick.
Unlike other pre-arranged winery tours, with this tour you’ll get to choose the four wineries you visit. You’ll be chauffeured in your own private car too, which is why it’s a little pricier than the other options listed. The tour includes tastings at all four wineries, lunch, and a complimentary glass of wine.
You’ll also be picked up and dropped off from your chosen location, so all you need to do is get dressed in your winery best! Pick up time is around 9:30am and drop off is around 5:00pm, meaning you’ll have plenty of time to leisurely roam around each of the venues.
This tour requires a minimum of two people and a maximum of seven people, so it’s perfect for an anniversary surprise or a day out with friends.
Cost: $285 per person ($220 deposit payable on booking)
Phone: 1300 853 461
Trip Advisor — 4.5 stars from 15 reviews
Google Review — 4.8 stars from 73 reviews
Food and Wine Taste Trail
If you’re not overly fussed about a private car, the Explore Australia Food and Wine Taste Trail offers a classic winery tour experience.
It’s slightly cheaper, at $189 per head, and you’ll be experiencing the best of the Peninsula. The day begins with a wine tasting at Point Leo Estate, straight into another tasting at the Rare Hare at Jackalope.
Then, you’re off to Monalto for your third wine tasting and lunch, before making your way to St Andrews Beach Brewery for a taste paddle.
The day concludes with stop offs at Murray’s Lookout and the Peninsula Bathing Boxes for some incredible views and insta-worthy pic opportunities.
There are several pick-up and drop-off points, so head to the Mail Exchange Hotel, Her Majesty’s Theatre, the Regent Theatre, the Travelodge Hotel Southbank, or Geelong Fishermans Pier.
In our humble opinion, this is the ideal wine tour experience for travellers and larger groups.
Cost: $189 per person
Phone: 03 5257 4588
Trip Advisor — 5 stars from 2 reviews
Cool Climate Wine Region Self-Guided Cycle Tour
Fancy a cycle through the countryside? The Vine Tours group have just the thing for you.
With this incredible tour, you’re invited to cycle your way through the Mornington Peninsula, enjoying the fresh air, stunning landscape, local food, and delicious wines along the way.
You don’t have to be a Tour de France-level cyclist to get involved — you can take the day at your own pace and personalise your tour based on your ability and preferences.
The journey begins at Arthurs Seat, where you can enjoy magnificent views from Port Phillip Bay to the Melbourne Cityline.
Then, make your way past vineyards, berry farms, and breweries, and pick where you’d like to stop for lunch. The day concludes with a wine tasting at Stonier Estate, best known for its cool climate wines.
You’ll be decked out with a bike, helmet, water bottle, pack rack bag, maps and a guide, first aid kit, and phone assistance, should you need it. You can choose to drive yourself to Arthur’s seat, or opt for the complimentary transport to take you to and from your accommodation, or Frankston train station.
The tour is approximately six hours in total. It’s an unforgettable way to view the Mornington Peninsula from the ground, and you’re likely to stumble across all kinds of hidden gems!
Cost: $130 per person
Phone: +61 407 685 524
Trip Advisor — 5 stars from 10 reviews
Bottomless Brunch by the Bay
For Hen’s and Buck’s parties and birthday celebrations, the Tour Local Bottomless Brunch by the Bay is the perfect activity.
Don’t be fooled by the name — it’s an all-day event, so you’ll have loads of time to soak up the Mornington Peninsula (and its wines).
This is a private group tour, so you and your guests (minimum of 6, maximum 25) will have the luxury midi-bus all to yourselves. This means you can choose your pickup location too (bonus!) as long as its within 40km of the Melbourne CBD or South Eastern Suburbs.
Your entertaining tour leader will take you on a journey through the Peninsula. You’ll begin by enjoying bottomless mimosas with brunch at The Cafe by the Bay, where you can wander the beautiful Mt Martha Foreshore.
Then, you’ll enjoy a signature gin tasting and grazing platter at the Gin Distillery, before heading to The Red Hill Winery for a cellar door wine tasting.
In the afternoon, you’ll travel through Red Hill and relax at the stunning Pt Leo Estate, before returning to your designated drop-off location.
While this one is a little pricier, it’s definitely worth it if you’re after a luxurious experience.
Cost: $210 per person ($200 deposit required to secure a private group booking)
Phone: (03) 5941 8800
Trip Advisor — 5 stars from 5 reviews
Peninsula Hidden Gems
While the big-time wineries are definitely must-sees, it’s the smaller, boutique wineries that deliver the most personal experience.
The Grape Explorations ‘Peninsula Hidden Gems’ tour focuses on boutique, family-run wineries off the beaten track.
On this tour, you’ll likely have the chance to meet the winemakers themselves and receive an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at all things wines and vines.
This intimate, personal experience will allow you an insight into the stories behind the wineries, which you won’t get with larger scale venues.
You’ll be treated to a two course lunch and wine tastings, as well as luxury private transport.
This eight hour tour is available all seven days of the week, and includes pick up and drop off from the location of your choice.
Cost: $175 per person
Phone: + 0435050813
Google Review — 5 stars from 68 reviews
Vine and Brew Tour
If you’re a fan of wine, beer, and cider, the Vine and Brew Tour by Elevate Wine Tours was made for you.
There’s no need to choose between the three beverages — on this trip, you’ll enjoy tastings at four cellar doors including a winery, brewery, and cidery. You get the best of all three worlds! At one of the venues, you’ll stop for lunch with a complimentary wine, beer, or soft drink.
This tour is open to private groups of three to eleven people. You’ll be chauffeured in serious style — the vehicle features reclining seats and a spacious layout, and you’ll be offered refreshments on board. Those special additions really make all the difference.
There’s no need to worry about a designated driver; you’ll be picked up and dropped off from your CBD accommodation or local address.
All you need to do is kick back, relax, and sip away!
Cost: $175 per person
Phone: 0402 005 002
Google Review — 5 stars from 346 reviews
Meet the Mornington Peninsula the Right Way
There’s no better way to take in the gorgeous landscape of the Peninsula than with a winery tour. Settle back and enjoy the vines, wines, food, and views that the coast has to offer.
Looking to make a weekend of it? These are our top recommendations for accommodation on the Mornington Peninsula. Go on, treat yourself. You deserve it.
If you’re outside of Victoria, you can visit Wine Regions Australia to read about the best winery experiences across the country.