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Meet the Makers – 5th September

Quealy Winemakers, Tucks Ridge, Darling Park

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Our Meet the Winemakers tour gets you exclusive behind the scenes access to local winemakers: Kathleen Quealy from Quealy Winemakers, Michael Kyberd from Tucks Ridge and Judy Gifford from Darling Park. Enjoy a creatively planned day out meeting actual winemakers, sampling exceptional wines and enjoying great food on the Mornington Peninsula.

For any questions or information feel free to contact Adam on 0413 360 468 or [email protected] 

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Contact [email protected], 0413 360 468 with any questions

The day’s proceedings

Stop 1: Kathleen Quealy, Quealy Winemakers

Kathleen Quealy is the Peninsula’s most well known winemaker. Starting T Gallant and building up for sale to Fosters, she was the first person to plant Pinot Gris/Grigio in Australia and was referred to by James Halliday as “The Queen of Pinot Grigio. She is also a master of Pinot Noir, Muscat and the recently introduced Friulano.

This is a really authentic, no frills experience to be conducted in the chaos of the working winery. This will be a highly entertaining experience with a true visionary

Stop 2: Michael Kyberd, Tucks Ridge

Michael is on of the most respected winemakers on the Peninsula, lending his hand to many of the top labels in the region. Starting as head winemaker at Red Hill Estate for 14 vintages until 2004. During this time he also took over the reigns at Tucks Ridge, which became his true passion. He developed a range of single vineyard wines that have had the critics raving ever since, including the highest rated Pinot Noir in James Halliday’s Wine Companion for 3 years straight for his Buckle.

Michael is personable, interesting and passionate and by his own admission “loves to talk”. We will have a special private tasting room at Tuck’s Ridge on-site residence.

Stop 3: Red Hill Epicurean – 2 Course lunch

Enjoy a gourmet 2 course lunch at the amazing converted shed. There is also an Enomatic wine machine here allowing tastings of some of the regions best small production wines in including Dexter and Prancing Horse.

Stop 4: Judy Gifford, Darling Park

Trained and educated in Burgundy, Judy owns and operates one of the region’s best boutique labels. She has called the Mornington Peninsula home for the last 18 vintages. She started as Head Winemaker at Dromana Estate and moved to Darling Park 10 years ago. Loving her regional classics Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir she also produces arguably the best cool-climate Shiraz in the region and a really interesting Ice Viognier dessert wine

Judy will conduct her tasting in the working winery for a bona fide experience, her humour and sharp wit will be on full show.

Hosts: Judy Gifford

Tap into 18 years of Mornington Peninsula wine and local knowledge with Judy Gifford onboard to run the day. This will be a real treat for guests

Host: Adam Nicholls, Wine Compass

Adam is the owner and founder of Wine Compass, in the last 2 years he has run over 120 wine tours of the Mornington Peninsula. A lover of all the region has to offer, he will make sure the day runs smoothly and is entertaining

Check out our review of an event we ran with the same itinerary recently. Click here

Meet 3 highly regarded, local winemakers
These local characters have been selected for their winemaking ability, humour, charisma & charm. Expect laughs along the way. Judy Gifford, Michael Kyberd & Kathleen Quealy
Gain knowledge on wine & the local region
A rare opportunity to spend time with Winemakers in a relaxed atmosphere finishing the day with a better understanding of winemaking & some great memories
Fantastic local wine & produce, personal experience
This is a unique & special day out that you won't find anywhere else. Groups sizes limited to 11 for that really personal experience.

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Event : Quealy Winemakers, Tucks Ridge, Darling Park

New date is now sold out

Contact [email protected], 0413 360 468 with any questions

Private Meet the Makers & Foodie Wine Lover tours

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A fantastic experience...

Perfectly planned day out

Would absolutely recommend Adam had his company to anyone planning a wine tour in that area. Everything was easy going and perfectly planned out.


Beautiful wine tour

Adam sorted our family out with a great itinerary with one days notice, we visited some great wineries/ brewery and he had great knowledge of the wines in the area. Overall was a perfect day with some delicious wines and food!


Easy and relaxed

Thank you for organising such a wonderful day. It was super easy dealing with you. The bus ride was fun and the wineries you chose were really good. We had a ball not having to worry about a single thing and being taken from place to place. Very realxing. Would highly reccommend you to anyone.


Fabulous day

Thanks Adam for organising a great day for us. Most of the group hadn’t been to the Yarra Valley before so weren’t sure what to expect. You were attentive and made our day so easy – we didn’t have to think about a thing! I will definitely recommend you to anyone who is looking for a wine tour!


Wine tour

Had a great time! We let Adam choose the cellar doors and lunch venue, we were offered alternatives but went with his choices with no regrets. Very professional and friendly. Flexibility with pick up points was also very handy. Highly recommended!!! Thank you Adam,