From boutique Mornington Peninsula wineries to wineries with farms also producing cheese, fruit, olives and honey, the Mornington Peninsula winery trail is amply sprinkled with mouth watering regional platters and restaurants, the ideal conditions for a Mornington Peninsula wine tour.
Bluestone Lane Vineyard, Mornington Peninsula
An easy hour’s drive south of Melbourne is the charming Bluestone Lane Vineyard and Veraison Restaurant, serving Chef’s Hat cuisine, much of it sourced from the acre of organic produce in the kitchen garden. The outlook is picturesque and the stone fireplace warms the ambience even further.
Savour this stop at the end of your Mornington Peninsula winery tour and meet the Cellarmaster at the cellar door on weekends.
Cellar door open weekends
Lunch - Thurs-Sun, Dinner - Fri-Sat
Foxeys Hangout, Mornington Peninsula
As the name suggests, Foxeys Hangout is a boutique Mornington Peninsula winery and a great place to relax hang out. With a heartfelt belief that wine is made to drink with food, you’re invited to relax while winemaker-chef Tony Lee creates a vigneron’s lunch for you at the cellar door. Indulge in share plates and simple dishes that, like the wines, let the produce speak. Or join sparkling winemaker Michael Lee for a private tutorial and create your own sparkling bottle of wine tailored to your palate.
Cellar Door open Fri-Sun and Public Holidays
(Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day)
Create Your Own Sparkling Wine: $50 for two
Credit: Katie Quinn Davies.
Quealy Winemakers, Mornington Peninsula
Kathleen Quealy of Quealy Winemakers is famous for championing Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio in Australia, as well as Muscat. Her unique varietals match perfectly with food. Kathleen’s natural, grape focused approach is evident in the original range of wines you will taste at this rustic, old-fashioned cellar door. Check out the tasting notes before you go. Winery tours are by request and keep an eye out for the Ginger Ninja, the winery’s feline farmhand.
Cellar Door open 7 days a week
Winery tours by request
Crittenden Estate, Mornington Peninsula
As well as some of the oldest vines on the Peninsula, Crittenden Estate takes a unique approach to wine tasting, with the introduction of The Wine Centre. Indulge in a private wine tasting experience seated at your own table overlooking the beautiful lawn, lake and vines of Crittenden.
The estate’s Stillwater restaurant is a modern vineyard restaurant that showcases the best of the season’s produce in a beautiful setting.
Stillwater Restaurant open for lunch and events
The Wine Centre is open 7 days a week (please book for groups of 6 or more)
Paringa Estate, Mornington Peninsula
This modern 10-acre winery is in Red Hill South, just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne. The current winery was built in 1998 and houses an outstanding a la carte restaurant on the upper level. A Chef’s Hat recipient, Paringa Estate Restaurant is dedicated to the experience of memorable dining with acclaimed wines. The menu reflects modern French influences. Enjoy lunch in the casual, open setting overlooking the vineyard with valley views, or dinner with the rich timber ceiling and wood fire in winter setting the mood.
Lunch - Wed-Sun, Dinner - Fri-Sat
Where to stay
The cutting edge establishment of Peppers Docklands, Melbourne is an ideal accommodation base for Mornington Peninsula winery tours. The sophisticated shopping, laneway cafes and secluded bars of Melbourne are just across the road.