Main Ridge Estate: Classic Peninsula Winery With A New Twist
Address: 80 William Rd, Red Hill VIC 3937
Varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Merlot
View out to the vines from Main Ridge Estate (source: Main Ridge Estate Facebook)
Main Ridge Estate is one of the founding vineyards of the Peninsula. Once owned and run by Mornington Peninsula wine legend Nat White, a few years back it was purchased by new owners with a hospitality background. They aim to keep the same premium quality wines but to also extend their offering with more tastings and food options at the cellar door. They have done well in creating a high-end offering that still feels quite relaxed and friendly.
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The wines here are arguably the most premium (and expensive) on the Peninsula. With a small range of only estate grown varieties, they normally show one or two Chardonnays two Pinots and maybe a merlot. With that being said it is all vintage dependent and when things sell out, you have to wait for the next release of that variety.
Chardonnay & Pinot Noir are the signature wines of Main Ridge Estate (source: Main Ridge Estate Facebook)
Food is higher end casual, if that makes sense. The dishes are for sharing and are meant to be paired with the wines and the ingredients are definitely top quality.
The dining room on the estate (source: Main Ridge Estate Facebook)
The cellar door is on the estate with a lovely garden setting and vines in most directions, it’s a beautiful spot surround by lush forest. The cellar door and dining room are well set-out and match the premium yet casual vibe as described before.
The tasting room (source: Main Ridge Estate Facebook)
What we like
They have continued the Main Ridge Estate tradition, but added to it with food offering and the lush surroundings make you feel like your far, far away from the hustle and bustle of life.
What we don’t like
This isn’t for everyone, with most wines $70+ and the cheapest being $50 but for lovers of Chardonnay and Pinot you can’t argue they do make a quality drop.