Only 70kms from the Melbourne CBD, the Mornington Peninsula is fast becoming the ultimate day trip destination for indulging in life’s simple pleasures. With the beaches being an obvious drawcard to the region, there’s an endless list of reasons why the Peninsula is a great place to visit for the perfect day trip, but here’s just a few to get you on your way… Wine Tasting Ocean Eight As soon as you head down the driveway of the beautifully landscaped property of Ocean Eight, you know you’re in for something special. As picture perfect as the grounds of this vineyard might be, they are no match for the amazing wines being poured at this unique cellar door. They take their winemaking very seriously here, and once you taste their premium range of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris, you’ll understand why. The wines here are some of the most elegant and refined expressions of these varieties that you’ll find anywhere on the Peninsula. Visitors are taken down into the depths of their underground cellar to explore the inner-workings of this understated but outstanding winery. Quealy This is a small and rustic cellar door that is sure to surprise and delight. Winemaker Kathleen Quealy is often on hand to pour you a tasting, or show you through the winery, sharing her experience and winemaking wisdom. This is a real treat for visitors as you get a rare insight into the inner workings of such an amazing winery. There are many highlights in their range, including some amazing red and white sparklings, and the very popular ‘Rageous’, a blend of Pinot Noir, Sangiovese and Shiraz. You’ll also find Italian varieties, Friulano and Pinot Grigio, as well as Peninsula favourite, Pinot Gris. From the outstanding wines to the iconic labels which are specially commissioned for the winery and have a fun pop-art feel, this is a typically Australian winery, with not so typical wines. Lunch at a Winery Tucks Ridge After a recent renovation, Tucks Ridge has been transformed into one of the hottest places to have a casual but delicious bite to eat in Red Hill South. With arguably the best vineyard views of anywhere on the Peninsula, this place has it all. Enjoy a tasting of their amazing and extensive range of wines at their funky cellar door, then wander through to the adjoining restaurant and take a seat in the outdoor dining area and choose from their mouth-watering rotisserie menu with delicious salads and sides. Merricks Creek With a dining area set amongst estate vines, you can embrace everything that’s great about the Mornington Peninsula in the one location at Merricks Creek. Fanatical about sharing their amazing range of wines with guests, enjoy a shared lunch of mouth-watering plates that are uniquely designed to accompany their knockout Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. From a delicious raclette to a succulent braised lamb shoulder, and everything in between, lunch at Merricks Creek is sure to be a gastronomic delight. Relaxation Golf Resort lifestyle with a difference awaits you at the stunning Peppers Moonah Links. The first ever 18-hole course built especially for a national championship, and one of the longest courses in Australia, trace the steps of the pros at this world class open course. Not a golfing enthusiast? No problem, unwind at Moonah Massage & Beauty with a treatment, or keep active with a range of sporting activities that include volleyball, badminton, bocce, soccer or cricket. End your day with an indulgent dining experience and views to marvel at. With the Mornington wine region on your doorstep and fresh local produce readily available, you’ll remember every bite of the seasonal menu at Pebbles Restaurant . Beach Time Feel the sand between your toes and your worries wash away at one of the many beaches that dot the coast of the Mornington Peninsula. Even in the cooler months, the rugged but stunning coastline from Mount Eliza through to Hastings, offers some of the best beaches in all of Victoria. With its inviting beach side towns, cool cafès and trendy boutiques, the Mornington Peninsula really does offer something for everyone. Spa Bathing is a ritual that has long relaxed the body and mind for generations all over the world. The state of the art facility at Peninsula Hot Springs brings the benefits of this time-honoured experience to the heart of the Mornington Peninsula. Whether you’re looking for a detox, or simply rejuvenate after a busy work week, the natural geothermal waters of the hot springs are sure to alleviate the pressures of everyday life in an instant. Explore the best of the Mornington Peninsula with a private and tailored tour with Wine Compass . Book your Mornington Peninsula accommodation here .