Mornington Peninsula wineries & other attractions reviews
The region is renowned for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but there are also other gems to be found. For Sauvignon Blanc drinkers, why not try some of the excellent Pinot Gris the region has to offer? There are also heavier red options dotted throughout the region for those who like something a little more full bodied.
Mornington Peninsula wineries and cellar doors also offer some of the best views and gardens you are likely to find and some fabulous dining options. Below is just a taste of a few of our favourites and to visit, check out our Mornington Peninsula Wine tours page:
Bass & Flinders Distillery
Housed at Darling Park, it remains to be the only distillery on the Mornington Peninsula and is certainly making waves in the spirits world. Specialities include 4 types of gin, limoncello, vodka and grappa. Try our Bass & Flinders Distillery review for further information
Blue Range Estate
Blue Range Estate is undoubtedly one of the best places to unwind in the region, with a relaxed atmosphere and stunning views. Their wine is a bit of a well-kept secret, with fantastic terroir and back vintages available for tasting. For more detail read our Blue Range Estate review.
The manicured, verdant landscape is complemented by a modern and accessible tasting centre. Crittenden have a big and varied list of wines but it’s so well organised you won’t feel lost. Check out our Crittenden Estate review here.
The Epicurean – Red Hill
In the heart of Red Hill you will find The Epicurean, a food and wine hub for the region. A huge industrial space in a converted ‘Shed’, they specialise in Italian fare with a woodfired pizza oven at the centre of the action. For more info read our Red Hill Epicurean review.
Hickinbotham Estate/Hix Brewery
A fabulous option towards the end of the day. 6 beers on tap and cider options, with a full list of wines and a cellar door. It’s great to sit out on the garden and they often have acoustic cover acts on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Hickinbotham Estate review
Main Ridge Dairy
If you’re looking for an authentic cheese experience, it doesn’t get much more real than Main Ridge Dairy. The team here invite you into their Dairy Door, to give you an insight into the process of making some of the finest fromage. Main Ridge Dairy review
A really nice casual spot to enjoy a tasting on the deck (weather permitting). Friendly staff and a good variety of wine make this a pleasant stop. Now part of the Epicurean group with a great restaurant serving pizza and sharing style meals. Check out our Mantons Creek review.
Recently opened cellar door with some fantastic food options, Merricks Creek have the classic Mornington combo of great Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with the twist of some French-style, closely planted vines as a point of difference. See the profile Merricks Creek review.
Traditionally made cider and apple juice beverages from certified biodynamic orchards. After tasting you can purchase and enjoy a bottle while sitting out amongst their apple orchards or in their specially designed indoor cider lounge. Read more about Mock Cider review in Red Hill.
Montalto Winery & Olive Grove
Montalto is the epitome of what the Peninsula does well – great wine, great food, and using the natural resources of their garden and surroundings to make something special. Its a world class winery that we love to take international guests to. View our Montalto review here.
Morning Sun Vineyard
A relaxed, fun atmosphere set amongst beautiful vineyards and olive trees, with delicious European-style wines to try and Italian cheese boards to complement tastings. Read more in our profile Morning Sun review.
Focussing on premium quality wines, Ocean Eight deliver a short but impressive list of reds and whites that includes an award winning Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and 2 varieties of Pinot Noir. From the moment you enter their tree-line driveway and take in their beautiful colonial-style homestead, you’ll be impressed by Ocean Eight. Find out more with our Ocean Eight review.
Old Apple Shed
Quite possibly the newest cellar door on The Peninsula and without any real web presence, The Old Apple Shed at Tallarida Estate remains a bit of a mystery to those looking in from the outside. As seasoned veterans, we at Wine Compass know better though, and having discovered this hidden gem, we’re more than happy to share the secret with our tours. Old Apple Shed review
A winery who arguably receives the most accolades on the Mornington Peninsula, the tasting list here will take you on a journey that really sums up the region. Another good option for a formal lunch. Our Paringa Estate review has more information.
Your friendly cellar door guide, Craig, will make you feel right at home as he introduces you to the fantastic wines that Pier 10 has to offer. He takes pride in his work and it really shines through in the wonderful tastings he delivers. Pier 10 review
Polperro is the home to single vineyard Mornington Peninsula wines along with the Even Keel wines from around Australia. This new kid on the block is quickly gaining popularity and it is not hard to see why, with great wine, setting and amazing food. There is a lot to like about this place and is certainly worth a visit. Polperro review.
Port Phillip Estate
Known as “The Death Star” among locals, this ultra-modern complex is designed for diners and weddings. But that doesn’t mean the wine is lacking in any way. Try premium wines from Port Phillip and sister estate Kooyong. Another good option for a higher end lunch. Read more in our Port Phillip Estate review.
Quealy Winemakers – Balnarring Vineyard
Kathleen Quealy is one of the most, if not the most well-known winemakers on the Peninsula. The first person to plant Pinot Gris/Grigio in Australia, she is a pioneer of the industry. The cellar door is smack bang in the middle of a working winery. This is a really authentic experience with great and interesting wine. See our Quealy Winemakers review.
Rare Hare @ Willow Creek
With a name like Rare Hare you would expect a winery and restaurant that is quirky and unique, and that’s exactly what you’ll get. Set in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula, there’s something truly special about this place that’s recognisable from the moment you step through the doors. Rare Hare @ Willow Creek review
Red Gum BBQ
A fairly recent addition to the Mornington Peninsula, Red Gum BBQ is heating things up. Set in a large, converted shed, this place is fully dedicated to the BBQ experience. From the food to the rustic setting, the team have gone all out in creating one unique (and delicious) place to eat. Red Gum BBQ review
Red Hill Brewery
A nationally awarded brewery with a rustic and friendly venue nestled into the bush. Beers are available on tap or takeaway, including exclusive seasonal releases. Read more in our Red Hill Brewery review.
Red Hill Estate
Picturesque Red Hill Estate offers some of the best views available over the bay. Stroll the gardens and enjoy the surrounds. The wine here is of a high standard, with some of the most accessible Pinot Noir and Shiraz in the region. Stocks Boatyard cheese, which is produced by a local lady in her backyard, our pick for best cheese on the Peninsula. Also provide a great option for a more formal “high end” lunch. Read more in our Red Hill Estate review.
Ten Minutes By Tractor
The Peninsula’s best restaurant with 2 chefs hats to prove it. Lunch here is at least a couple of hour affair and could be considered for smaller groups. The wine here is also very special. Read more in our Ten Minutes by Tractor review.
Trofeo & Whispering Vines Cafe
This winery and cafe/restaurant is a really cool space in a converted storehouse. Bright and open with a view out to the lake and vineyards, it is such a pleasant spot to spend and afternoon. A tasting on the cellar door involves some quality wines with some interesting twists including Amphora ageing. Lunch is modern restaurant bistro food that is a real crowd pleaser. Find out more with our Trofeo Estate review.
A great little picturesque, boutique winery in Red Hill. It’s a small cellar door with lots of character and great wine. Generally you will find Ash the cellar door manager or Phil, his off-sider serving. An energetic and informative experience with lots of humour and great wine awaits. Particularly proud of their regional classics Pinot and Chardonnay. See more in our Tucks Ridge review
A sister winery of Heathcote Estate, the cellar door offers Shiraz lovers the chance to taste some of the best Shiraz from the renowned Heathcote region. That’s not to take away from the excellent wines produced in by Yabby Lake itself. Also another recently opened, relaxed lunching option. Read our Yabby Lake review for more information.
The Cups Estate
A little further up the Mornington Peninsula, this is one of the best options for a casual lunch, serving tapas style dishes with a killer view. Wine here is also great, with a particularly good Pinot Noir on taste
A small producer with some serious clout in the area. A former history teacher and his wife run this vineyard and these are the people you will most likely meet on the door. Passionate and sometimes a little grumpy (in a charming way), they produce some seriously good wines.
A charming winery run by 2 local brothers (one in charge of wine, the other food), the cellar door offers some solid tastes including a nice Shiraz (which isn’t too common in the area). Also a good option for a casual lunch option, serving up small tasting plates designed to be shared.
Bluestone Lane Vineyard (now closed)
As well as providing high quality wines from a long list, Bluestone Lane is also the most fun winery on the Peninsula. Enjoy some laughs, be informed and taste some fabulous wines. Our particular favourites are the Pinot Meunier, Pinot Grigio and the fabulous sparkling. You can aslo grab a quick $5 pizza if you are feeling peckish. Check out our Bluestone Lane Vineyard review for further information
Darling Park (now closed)
A relaxed and friendly vibe at the cellar door, the tasting list is long and rewarding. The new 2013 single vineyard vintage release is fantastic with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay the standouts. The lunch menu is short, but fast and tasty, with a great selection of tasting plates. Also available to try are a range of spirits from Bass and Flinders. Check out our Darling Park review and ask to include it in your itinerary.
Willow Creek Vineyard (now closed)
Willow Creek offers great wine, one of the most picturesque setting on the Peninsula, great staff and a lovely restaurant. For larger groups they also offer private tasting in either the barrel room or their private tasting area. Look at our Willow Creek Vineyard review for further information
This is a list of some of our most visited Mornington Peninsula wineries. There are many more and we will keep updating this page with more winery profiles
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