Crittenden Estate: A Twist On Traditional Wine Tasting
Address: 25 Harrisons Road, Dromana, VIC 3936
Varieties: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Moscato, Merlot, Shiraz, Brut, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Saludos and probably a few more
Not long ago Crittenden Estate blended in with the many other cellar door offerings on the Mornington Peninsula, until their decided recent change up really set the spotlight on them. No longer satisfied with the commonplace wine tasting format, they decided to create a unique experience in a Wine Centre.
While you still get to do the all-important sampling of Crittenden Estate’s fine tipples, the difference here is rather than standing around, vying for the attention of whoever’s behind the bar to refill your glass, you can now sit down, relax, and take in each wine at a slower pace. The somewhat formal space has been set up to allow you to sit comfortably in front of a table and have a knowledgeable staff member bring each variety to you – a recipe for a truly dream wine tasting experience.
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The benefit of being able to taste all that Crittenden Estate has to offer in this way is considerable, especially with how many wines they have on hand. First they’ve got their Mornington Peninsula classics; what you’ve come to expect and love from the area. That includes their Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris varieties.
Then comes some surprise entrants you’d be hard pressed to find elsewhere in the region. Their Los Hermanos range brings some Spanish flair into the equation, and their Pinocchio range focuses on the excellence of Italian wines.
Home to Stillwater @ Crittenden you will find the acclaimed modern vineyard restaurant that offers relaxed fine dining in what can only be described as a beautiful setting. With options to dine both indoors or out this is an all year round venue worthy of a visit. Now given the picture perfect locale you can understand why it is one of the most popular wedding venues in the region. What we love is that although the food is fit for a king you will always be treated like a queen when you visit. A true testament to their wonderful customer service.
The unique setting of the Wine Centre has already been noted, but that’s not the only thing you should be excited about on your visit to Crittenden Estate. While the beautiful, light-filled modern building is definitely a plus, the outdoor setting is what really captures visitors. Beautifully manicured trees, a small lake, and all-round picture-perfect surrounds create the perfect atmosphere for you to enjoy your luxe wine tasting experience.
What we like
There’s a reason why Crittenden Estate went to so much effort to transform their cellar door experience into something unique. They are truly passionate about wine tasting, and they’ve created a format that brings this passion to the forefront in a fantastic way.
Their staff are incredibly knowledgeable and hands-on, and their enthusiasm is contagious.
What we don’t like
Although having variety is a good thing, sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming. With so many different varietals in their artillery, it can cause some contention amongst groups when trying to agree what they want to try. If you’re going to have a problem, though, having too much wine is probably a good one!