Mornington Wine Region
Though wine grapes were first planted on the Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne over 30 years ago, because of the climatic similarity to certain viticulture regions in France, the Mornington Peninsula wine region has since gone on to establish a truly Australian, vibrant, cool-climate industry. Only an hour from Melbourne, Australia, the Mornington Peninsula is a justifiably popular destination for Melburnians and tourists.
Scattered across the coastal regions and back into the hinterland, 150 vineyards, with 50 wineries offering cellar door, produce a variety of pinot noir, pinot gris, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay. These tantalise the senses with a range of fine wines, demonstrating aromatic or spicy characteristics, through to complex and rich and settling into mellow. Many Mornington Peninsula wineries have enhanced the visitor's experience by opening cafÈs and restaurants in conjunction with their cellar doors.
For visitors to Melbourne, take advantage of the many tours, from fun groups to personal limousine, or travel independently by hire car. Mornington Peninsula is blessed with great beaches, undulating countryside, quality art, craft and antique shops and historic nooks and crannies, and is renowned for its golf courses with their magnificent views.
Perhaps slow down, get fit and take a Mornington Peninsula walking holiday visiting the wetlands and woodlands, alive with thousands of native birds, kangaroo, wombats and koalas. In summer it's best to book ahead for your hotel. Mornington Peninsula hosts the Winter Wine Weekend in June - another good time to book ahead. More >>