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Morning Sun Vineyard: Bringing Italy To You


Address: 337 Main Creek Road, Main Ridge, VIC, 3928

Varieties: Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio


At the ripe age of 70, now 92-year-old Italian Mario Toniolo stumbled an abandoned apple orchard and got busy creating a vineyard-homage to the little village of Mason in which he grew up. These days, John and Carolyn Harper (formerly of Bluestone Lane) have taken over the day-to-day operation of Morning Sun Vineyard, but they still retain that authentic Italian charm that Mario invested into this Mornington Peninsula gem.

What you’ll find at Morning Sun Vineyard is 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. It’s a truly magical setting that’s only heightened by the friendly team, who will have you kicking back and enjoying a laugh in no time.


Morning Sun Vineyard currently boasts a lovely selection of Mornington Peninsula wines. Their pinot noir and sparkling varieties are always crowd favourites.

They also have a nice selection of whites in including a pinot grigio and chardonnay. Plus they have recently released a Rose which is going down a treat


Fitting in perfectly with the friendly and open spirit of the vineyard, Morning Sun offers a selection of antipasto and charcuterie selections that are perfect for sharing, with a wood fired oven producing some of the best pizzas on the Peninsula. Naturally, their food is all made in an authentic Italian way, further transporting you far away from your Victorian location.

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It’s hard to imagine 70-year-old Mario hand-planting the olive trees and vineyards that stand today at Morning Sun, but it’s easy to appreciate the beauty that has come from this man’s hard work some 26 years ago. The stunning setting is best enjoyed while eating lunch in their outdoor area, or from within their beautiful, Italian-style building if the weather isn’t behaving.

What we like

The overall charm of Morning Sun is hard to beat, particularly thanks to the fun and relaxed atmosphere that is promoted by John, Carolyn, and their team. Add to that the delicious Italian food and breathtaking setting, and you’ve got yourself one brilliant vineyard experience.

What we don’t like

There isn’t much not to like, but with the change in management can mean it does get really busy on weekends

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