Just an hour’s drive south of Melbourne is is the Mornington Peninsula region. Well known for it’s beaches, fine food, rolling green hills and great wine.
Grapes were first planted here in the late 1800s, however it wasn’t until the mid-1970s that this cool climate wine region experienced a revival and now the region consists of around 200 small-scale, boutique vineyards and more than 50 cellar doors.
Mornington Peninsula is one of Australia’s coolest wine growing regions. A maritime climate and soil varying from rich red volcanic soil through to sandy soil to brown clay create ideal conditions for grape growing and winemaking.
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive in this cool climate, and thanks to Kathleen Quealy, the ‘Queen of Pinot Grigio’, it is also known as the leader of Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio in Australia.
It’s accessibility to Melbourne, the pretty beaches, it’s hot springs and the fantastic food and wine on offer here make it a popular holiday destination. If getting there isn’t an option, you can still enjoy what this region has to offer through it’s diverse and impressive collection of fine wines.
Most popular Mornington Peninsula wines
Best Mornington Peninsula wines
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