Due to its proximity to Melbourne CBD, just an hour drive (40 kilometres) southeast, Mornington Peninsula has grown to be a popular wine tours destination in southern Australia. The region is a major wine producer in Victoria next only to Yarra Valley.
Mornington Peninsula is known to produce Pinot Noir and Grigio wines. But there are also other varieties like Pinot Gris, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Tempranillo, and other varieties.
The Pinot Noir, a low-tannin red wine, emerges as one of the best in the region and can compete with the top-quality wines of the same variety in Australia.
The region also produces excellent Pinot Gris, a dry semi-sweet wine variety with a fruity flavour and floral fragrant. Mornington Peninsula’s Tempranillo surprisingly emerges as one of the best in its variety. It is a full-bodied Spanish style red wine that is made from a black grape variety.
Where to taste the region’s best wines? Well, there’s one on Red Hill, at Green Olive. You can have some platters of delicious gourmet food paired with a glass or two of Tempranillo or Pinot Noir. Plus, the amazing views of their garden and vineyard. You can have a relaxing moment to savour the taste of one of the best Pinot Noir in the region.
T’Gallant Winery on Main Ridge opens its cellar door for you to swirl a few glasses of their Pinot Gris and Grigio wines of which they’re known for. T’Gallant pioneered the production of Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio in Mornington Peninsula. You sure will enjoy with much gusto their singular cool climate wines. Feel the sensation and the kick that hit just at the right spot.
The impressive views of their vineyard will give you a relaxed atmosphere while indulging in the delight of their sensational wines. T’Gallant’s wines are best paired with their Roman-style wood-fired pizza.
Polperro Winery on Red Hill is also a good one. They have a nice wine tasting room designed for you. The wonderful views of their vineyard added the charm of Polperro. Try pairing their magical Even-Keel Pinot Noir with a choice of exquisite food on the menu. Or just grab a bottle and drink it with your friends on the lawn. That’s a dare.
Another excellent winery to visit is Montalto on Red Hill. Their impressive farm grows grapes, olives, and fresh produce. There’s also a sculpture park to explore. And their wine, well, finely crafted with passion and artistry. Swill a bottle of their award-winning Shiraz, a dry red wine with a balanced fruity flavour, youthful tannin, alcohol and acidity. A great pair of any type of main course Montalto’s chef has prepared for you.
A day of exploring Mornington Peninsula’s wineries is worth it. Travel with Eco Platypus and experience Australia through its vibrant food and wine culture. We visit two or three wineries, a strawberry farm, a dairy farm, a chocolate factory, and a gourmet restaurant for a luscious lunch. You can sample some great wines and fresh local produce.