Ten Minutes By Tractor: Making The Peninsula Famous
Address: 1333 Mornington Flinders Road, Main Ridge, VIC
Varieties: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose
Although it sounds a bit like something an online Hipster-Café-Name-Generator came up with, there is a legitimate story behind the namesake of Ten Minutes By Tractor. Nearly 30 years ago, 3 vineyards that were each ‘ten minutes by tractor’ apart from one another, decided to merge into one estate.
Now you have one of the Mornington Peninsula’s most famous premium wineries, along with the bistro and bar they recently opened down the road: Petit Tracteur Bistro. To properly understand why this estate is so renowned demands a visit.
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Ten Minutes By Tractor divide their blends into 3 tiers, sourced from 3 different regions or circles. The first, the original single vineyards, are sourced from the smallest circle. Outside of that forms a larger region from which the estate wines are sourced, and, finally, the largest circle that encapsulates it all is wine from all around the Mornington Peninsula.
This may sound like Ten Minutes By Tractor should have an exhaustive list of varieties, but they have been careful to stick to the Mornington Peninsula classics; i.e. Pinot, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. That means you’re getting the best of the best in terms of what the Peninsula is good at.
As you can imagine, it’s a vast and sprawling estate that allows plenty of exploration. In terms of the cellar door, Ten Minutes By Tractor offers a small but cosy space to try their premium wines, in groups of 10 or less.
In the unlikely case you get bored of tasting the wine, or if you just want to stretch your legs, you can also take a stroll in the vegetable gardens surrounding the cellar door.
What we like
It’s no exaggeration to say that Ten Minutes By Tractor offers some of the Mornington Peninsula’s best Pinot. Not only is it of premium quality, but it also ranges in price, making it approachable (or attractive) to anyone, despite their budget (or lack thereof).
What we don’t like
Another notable thing about Ten Minutes By Tractor is their Two-Hatted restaurant, which is hands down the best on the Peninsula. However, it’s an experience that takes time to enjoy – around 3 hours, to be exact – which makes it a tempting but impractical option for our wine tour patrons.