There are now over 50 Mornington Peninsula wineries offering tastings at their cellar doors. As such the Mornington Peninsula wine scene has become one of the must do things to do on a day trip from Melbourne. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the drops of choice at most Mornington Peninsula wineries, but most do also do a great Shiraz, Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio. The larger Mornington Peninsula wineries have all become quite famous and as such get very busy on a weekend.
There are plenty of other, smaller, Mornington Peninsula wineries to choose from. This article will take you through some of those options, the smaller Mornington Peninsula wineries that still deliver a great drop! We will endeavour to list the wineries below in an order that makes sense when planning your own Mornington Peninsula wine tour.
Stumpy Gully is a great place to start your Mornington Peninsula wineries experience. It is conveniently situated just outside of Mornington in Moorooduc. With the owners originally emigrating from Holland, this is a family-owned winery that uses only the grapes they grow on their property. This is a true working winery which means that you’re going to get proper local knowledge.
Trofeo Estate is located in Dromana, just off the Mornington Peninsula highway. It is unique as it ferments and ages its wines in large terracotta amphora imported from Tuscany rather than traditional oak barrels. Dating back to 1930 it was originally a passionfruit plantation. Trofeo Estate is now one of the Mornington Peninsulas oldest vineyards, yet newest wineries. Their wines are all organic and vegan friendly and their restaurant features a paddock to plate style menu.
Heading up Arthurs Seat to Main Ridge we come to the next of our wineries with Main Ridge Estate. A smaller winery, Main Ridge Estate is only open on weekends or public holidays for tastings. The reason you shouldn’t miss it though is the 5 star rating from the 2018 James Halliday Wine Companion. Surrounded by bushland this is a great winery to sit back on their deck with a local cheese platter and enjoy the serenity.
We head down the road into Shoreham and make Mantons Creek our next stop out of our Mornington Peninsula wineries. Located in what feels like a quiet country lane, Mantons Creek sits well away from the crowds. The wine here is excellent but what we recommend even more is their restaurant, Quattro. An Italian inspired menu, Quattro is run by the same guys that do the Epicurean in Red Hill. Definitely come to Mantons Creek if looking for a more ambient atmosphere than you’d get at the bigger Mornington Peninsula wineries.
Heading back along Western Port Bay we are going to arrive in Merricks and Stonier Wines. Stonier began as a hobby farm and epitomises what Mornington Peninsula wineries used to be, small, homely and family run. Started by Brian Stonier in 1978, the story goes that he decided to plant some Chardonnay grapes whilst waiting for his kids to surf at the local beach. Fast forward 40 years and you have a winery offering premium Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and sparkling wine. If you have time use Stonier as a finishing point from the stunning Red Hill Rail Trail walk.
Heading back toward Balnarring, Elan Vineyard is the smallest of the Mornington Peninsula wineries we are recommending here. Only open on the first weekend of every month, Elan Vineyard is a special hand-grown producer where you know every bottle you get has been made with hard work and love. Whenever visiting a wine region such as the Mornington Peninsula it is worth visiting one boutique winery. This one gets our tick of approval!
As stated early there are over 50 Mornington Peninsula wineries to choose from and as such you cannot visit them all! When n planning your wine tour our recommendation would be to get as much variety as possible. The larger Mornington Peninsula wineries are impressive but it’s worth checking out some of these smaller ones too. This will give you a real taste of what the Mornington Peninsula winery scene is all about.
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