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Top 5 Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noirs under $30

The Mornington Peninsula is the hot Victorian region for Pinot Noir right now with many up and coming wine makers challenging the more established players for Pinot supremacy.  This coincides with the fact that Pinot Noir is have a (long and hopefully sustained) moment with Aussie wine drinkers. Gone are the days of Shiraz being the only wine of note coming from Australia.

It is also a pretty expensive region, so finding bargains is not as easy as in some other regions that produce a lot more wine, so these are 5 value gems.

There are 2 distinct sub regions in the Mornington Peninsula colloquially known as “Up the Hill” and “Down the Hill” referring to whether or not the vineyard is on Red Hill or on the lowlands. The temperature up the hill is around 4 degrees warmer than down the hill, which doesn’t sound like much, but makes a big difference in the style of wine. Up the hill is more floral and feminine whereas down the hill is normally more savoury and masculine. The list below has options for both.


1. Quealy Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir


  • Trailblazing winemaker who do things their own way, our long time favourite MP winery.
  • Quealy does a range of single vineyard premium Pinot Noir’s that are our favourites from the region.
  • This a blend from those different vineyards, so although it is their cheapest Pinot is strikes an awesome balance of up the hill and down the hill Mornington Pinot.
  • They say “A big sweet Pinot Noir, generous middle palate and excellent length. Aromatics of cherry, rhubarb and purple flowers; the palate walks the fine line between red and dark fruits, silky tannin, slippery mouthfeel. A blend across vineyards creates a broader nose and a soft fuller palate.”
  • They say to drink with Potatoes, polenta, tomatoes, olive, snapper
  • This is the perfect starting point if you are looking to get into Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir. Pick-up a bottle here or check out this amazing range of 20+ Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir’s (including this one)


2. Paringa Estate Peninsula Pinot Noir

  • This is one of the premier up the hill wineries, they have lots of really expensive wines, but this one is affordable and awesome.
  • This wine is a fruit driven style that has genuine ripe pinot characteristics with considerable depth and flavour. The bouquet and palate has dark cherry fruit flavours and aromas, some spice and subtle oak characters.
  • Would go well with classics like Duck or Mushroom. Grab a bottle here or check out some more premium options with Langton’s (including this one)




3. Garagiste Le Stagiaire Pinot Noir


  • Garagiste is definitely a cooler small producer with no cellar door and lots of interesting wines.
  • This is a blend of vineyards from down the hill, meaning it has more a of a savoury characteristic
  • A great one to try if this is your style or if you are interested in trying different type. More savoury is more French, which is the home on Pinot.
  • It’s a bit fuller and richer than some of the other Pinot’s on the list so could stand up to red meat more than these, but also does well with the classics.
  • Pick-up a bottle here  or check out some more The range of MP Pinot’s @ Australia’s most reputable wine seller (including this one)

4. Handpicked Wines Regional MP Pinot Noir


  • From the winemaker “Another fine example of what the Mornington Peninsula does best – juicy fruit, good weight and beguiling perfume alongside all the hallmark qualities of Pinot Noir.”
  • Textured and Savoury.
  • This is a distinctive Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir with captivating floral aromas, fresh berry and cherry fruit flavours and silky tannin. A medium-bodied wine, it has excellent depth of colour and flavour with a touch of spicy oak complexity.
  • Pair with Mushroom dishes, poultry, salami pizza, cheese and charcuterie platter
  • Grab a bottle here or check out this amazing range of 20+ Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir’s (including this one)


5. Save Our Souls Pinot Noir 2019 Mornington Peninsula

  • Another very boutique producer.
  • Semi translucent dark red colour with a light red hue. Lifted dark cherry and strawberry aromas infused with dried herbs are trailed by forest floor, meaty notes and spicy cedar.
  • Grab a case here at an amazing price they also have over 25 Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir’s to explore (including this one)


Check out our Top 5 Best Glasses for Pinot Noir.

Love your Pinot but not sure what to pair it with? Check out our Five Great Food Pairings for Pinot Noir That Might Surprise You


Why not enquire about a tour with Wine Compass and let us show you the best Pinot Noir on the MP

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