After our 8 days trip to Tasmania, we spent another 2 nights in Mornington Peninsula just to chill before flying back to Singapore.
Mornington Peninsula is Melbourne’s playground where locals go there for a relaxing weekend getaway and stocking up their wine fridge. It took almost 1-hour drive from Melbourne.
What is Mornington Peninsula known for?
- Golf – 16 courses along the coast and in the hinterland
- Sea – Beautiful coastline
- Eat – Artisan food producers – handmade cheese and chocolates, honey, fruit and organic vegetables (think Master Chef’s heaven)
- Drink – Wineries, craft beer breweries, cider makers, artisan distillers
- Relax – hot springs, nature, wildlife
Quick Wine Facts of Mornington Peninsula
- Victoria (South of Melbourne)
- Cool maritime climate (surrounded on three sides by the sea)
- Yellow and brown soils over friable, well-drained clay
- Red volcanic based soils
- Deep fertile sandy soils in the northern area
- Pinot Noir,
- Pinot Gris,
- High-quality handcrafted wines,
- Burgundian style Pinot Noir,
- Chardonnay (distinct note of melon, citrus and fig)
Our 2 Days Trip In Mornington Peninsula
1. Where To Stay? Winery Villas
There are a few wineries that offer accommodation in their vineyard, such as:
Port Philip Estate (from AUD $380 per night)
- A luxury accommodation in 6 contemporary designed suites, with vineyard and coastal views and private terraces.
Polperro Villas (from AUD $385 per night)
- A beautifully styled, spacious studio apartments overlooking the vineyard.
- Each luxury villa features a king size bed, designer styling, an open fireplace, a central spa bath and a private deck with vineyard views.
- Free continental breakfast within the villa
- Only 4 villas available on the property
We booked 3 nights accommodation in Polperro Villas, a 25-acre working vineyard in the heart of the famous wine region Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula.
To be honest, we were very happy just to stay in the vineyard villa as the cellar door and restaurant was just around the corner.
2. Wine Tasting at Polperro Vineyard
Polperro by Even Keel was established in 2006 with a view to creating drinkable, balanced and elegant wines. Full-time winemaker and part-time surfer Samuel Coverdale use a mix of organic and biodynamic principles practised in all his Mornington Peninsula vineyards.
2 labels at Polperro Vineyard:
- Polperro: a premium, single vineyard label from Mornington Peninsula
- Even Keel: simpler to enjoy wine sourced from Australia’s wine regions.
- Grape varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris
- The Cellar Door is open 6 days, Wednesday – Monday 11am – 5pm
- Wine price per bottle: $28- $65
3. What Are The Other Good Wineries To Visit In Mornington Peninsula?
i. Port Philip Estate
Port Philip Estate located just 3 minutes drive from Polperro Winery (where we stayed).
A 5-red star rating winery by James Halliday, Port Philip Estate is a must-visit winery in Mornington Peninsula. The very impressive architecture of the winery that looks like James Bond’s secret cellar.
The wines of Port Philip Estate are made from sustainable farming techniques and non-interventionist winemaking style. All the red wines are unfined and unfiltered. The white wines are all unfined and at times also unfiltered.
Wine price per bottle: AUD$24 to $74 per bottle
3 Labels of Port Philip Estate
- Kooyong (Single vineyard selections)
- Port Philip Estate
Organically grown vineyards with very good single vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
The restaurant at 10 Minutes By Tractor has one of the best wine lists to be found in the region. We wanted to have lunch there but it was absolutely packed with people and there was no way to fit us in without prior-reservation. 🙁 Plan ahead, plan ahead! Restaurant opening hour here.
We had a quick wine tasting there before heading to the next stop for lunch.
iii. Yabby Lake Vineyard
Opening hour: 7 days per week – 10am – 5pm (Lunch reservations recommended)
4. After All Those Wines, Go See The Iconic Bathing Box By The Beach
After all those wine tastings, we headed to the beach and see these historic bathing boxes. Stretching from Mount Eliza and Dromana to Rosebud and Portsea, it was quite an amazing sight.
- Wine Australia – https://www.wineaustralia.com/discover-australian-wine/victoria-wines/mornington-peninsula
- Tasmanian Wine and Whisky Tasting Trip at Hobart
- Sydney Wine Tasting Tour
- Tasmania Self-drive – Wine Tasting at Tamar Valley