Australia Uncorked: Mornington Peninsula Wines

Sorrento, Mornington Peninsula, Australia

Mornington Peninsula 

The Mornington Peninsula is located one hour south-east of Melbourne. It is a cool climate wine region within a stunning blend of coastal and countryside landscapes. It is one of Melbourne’s most desired places to live and is a much-loved tourist destination for long weekend getaways, day trips or summer holidays.

The Peninsula presents a unique combination of bayside luxury, country lifestyle and village appeal. Long stretches of golden sand, signature bathing boxes, mansions lining the hillsides and marinas along the shores, contrast with relaxed camping spots, casual fishing, and coastal towns, plus forest settings, hilly farms, and residential areas. 

Bathing boxes, Mornington

The Winey Cow, Main Street, Mornington

The lifestyles and experiences offered here are as diverse as the range of wines and vineyards, from cellar doors and restaurants to resorts. A journey to the Mornington Peninsula can take you along the deep blue and turquoise coastline or inland across the green, undulating hills – both appealing to the sense of adventure and revealing hidden treasures. 

The wineries are scattered across the region, providing a diverse course for exploration. The drive is a delight, with scenic views, antique shops, arts, and culinary treats. There is access to everything you need and want – great food, entertainment, sailing, fishing, forests, galleries, mineral spas, boutique beauty shops, fresh produce…and more. 

Across the coastal route, there are stunning panoramas and many options for seaside dining. The seafood is divine, fresh and abundant. 

The Peninsula is extensive, you can drive 30 minutes across key locations, such as main town Mornington, inland countryside Red Hill, beachy Dromana, manicured Sorrento, and Portsea, plus Mount Martha, Mt Eliza, Cape Schanck, Arthurs Seat, Hastings and many villages along the bay. Each has their own subculture, attractions, and surprises to explore. Food and wine is a trademark of the Peninsula, drawing many for events and festivals and showcasing local fare. The holiday season is particularly busy.

The Mornington Peninsula is one of Australia’s more modern wine regions that has made its mark as a serious contender in the global wine industry. This success can be attributed to the soil, climate, expertise and driving passion of the locals, producing outstanding quality year after year. 

Amongst its many talents, the Peninsula does Pinot Noir very well…a complex wine in a landscape of contrasts.

A Pinot Noir from Paringa Estate – Red Hill 

Paringa Estate, Red Hill

Paringa Estate is located in Red Hill, an idyllic hinterland location combining the best of lush country landscapes, rolling hills, and forests, with coastal beauty and climate. It is a place of farm gate shops, art studios (glass blowing) great food and of course wine. The small township has a market each month showcasing local artisan works and producers, attracting thousands.

Paringa Estate, Red Hill
Paringa offers a range of beautifully created wines, from Pinot Noir to Shiraz, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay.

Paringa Estate achieved Australia’s Best Cellar Door Award 2017 - Gourmet Traveller WINE and this year were awarded The Age Good Food Guide ‘Chef Hat’ rating once again. A string of gold awards over many years has demonstrated consistency in high-quality wines across the selections and earned high acclaim with James Halliday. Paringa Estate is recognised locally and globally for its wine. The property is picturesque and the wine is delightful.

The 2017 Paringa Estate Pinot Noir is a beautiful red wine with hints of delicate rose on the nose. It is complex. The spicy fruit undertones of clove and spice are akin to a dark, fermenting fruit cake, embellishing a cherry, blackcurrant flavour.

This complements the stronger earthy, oaky tannins and provides balance to a green herbaceous, savoury palate.

It has a smooth mouthfeel, with a lightly acidic finish. It reflects the complexity of the grapevine and the characteristic of the maritime/hinterland soil and cool climate. Strong yet delicate. Dark and light. Fruity and spicy. Oozing with character. A stunning and impressive combination.

Wineries on the Peninsula 

There are many outstanding wineries, restaurants, and attractions on the Peninsula, a small sample of these include:

  • Port Phillip Estate 
  • Montalto Winery             
  • Polperro Winery
  • Lindenderry, Red Hill 
  • Red Hill Estate
  •  T’Gallant
  • The Epicurean 
  • Foxey’s Hangout

Vineyards at Lindenderry



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