Mornington Peninsula Wine Region – Victoria, Australia
There are several wine regions in Victoria and one is located in the Mornington Peninsula. Located an hour away from Melbourne, this cool climate area gives way to fertile soil that produces some terrific wine. Mornington Peninsula wine region is known for their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay but they are starting to dabble in some interesting other grapes that are doing quite well. There are over 200 vineyards in this region with over 50 tasting cellars so there is plenty to explore.
The top wineries I had identified to visit:
- Mont Rouge
- Kerri Greens
Our first stop was at a small family run winery called Myrtaceae. The property is gorgeous and has vines in the front and back of the property with the owner’s house and tasting cellar in the middle of the lot. There is also some stunning gardening and landscaping that we could not stop admiring. One of the owners walked us through a tasting of their four wines and we had the opportunity to talk with both owners – husband and wife team – for a while. Such a lovely winery!
Our second stop was a larger winery a few miles away at Quealy Winemakers. They had a large portfolio of wines and many grapes we had not seen in our two days of wine tasting. Quealy is home to a very talented winemaker and it is unfortunate that many of these places do not distribute to the USA.
It was unfortunate we had such a short visit to Mornington Peninsula and even though we were able to fit so much in, we only had time for two tastings. It is so easy to spend multiple days exploring Mornington Peninsula and it is easy to spend a full day discovering wineries.