【Wine Blog】2 days Wine Lover’s Trip To Mornington Peninsula, Australia

A wine lovers trip to mornington peninsula

Mornington Peninsula

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.

Where is Mornington Peninsula?

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

Region:

  • Victoria (South of Melbourne)

Climate:

  • Cool maritime climate (surrounded on three sides by the sea)

Soil: 

  • Yellow and brown soils over friable, well-drained clay
  • Red volcanic based soils
  • Deep fertile sandy soils in the northern area

Grape Varieties:

  • Pinot Noir,
  • Chardonnay,
  • Pinot Gris,
  • Tempranillo

Wine Style:

  • 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

Polperro accommodation mornington peninsula vineyard
Imagine waking up to the beautiful vineyard view ♥️… think no more.

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.

Polperro Vineyard Accommodation Review
Polperro vineyard and accommodation
Polperro Villa Bed Bathtub Mornington Peninsula accommodation
Super comfortable bed – just what we needed after 8 days of travelling. Big jacuzzi bathtub in the middle of the room. 🛁
Polperro Villa Mornington Peninsula Vineyard Room
Fireplace, kitchen, fridge
Polperro Villa accommodation mornington balcony
View from the private deck overlooking the vineyard. If you look harder might be able to spot some kangaroos or wallabies.

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.

Polperro Villa accommodation mornington balcony
Enjoying our afternoon bottle at the villa.

2. Wine Tasting at Polperro Vineyard

Polperro vineyard mornington peninsula winery

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. Wine tasting at polperro cellar door

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.

Polperro Vineyard

  • 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.

Port Philip Estate Cellar DOor mornington
Port Philip Estate – Front Look
port philip estate winery mornington
Once you get through that big automatic door, it’s another world inside.
The Wines

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
  • Quartier
Port Philip Estate – Balnarring – Pinot Noir
Kooyong single vineyard selections mornington
Kooyong single vineyard wine tasting

 

ii. Ten Minutes by Tractor

10 minutes by tracktor pinot noir wine tasting mornington

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 

Another highly rated winery in Mornington Peninsula.  Good semi-outdoor restaurant. Yabby Lake Vineyard - mornington peninsula lunch

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.

Mornington peninsular safety beach bath box
The colourful bathing boxes at Safety Beach, Mornington Peninsula
colorful houses at mornington peninsula victoria melbourne
The best way to end a beautiful day

 

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