Located less than an hour from Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula is home to some of the most breathtaking wineries, restaurants, and accommodations in Australia. Combining traditional Australian hospitality with European charm, the region boasts a coastal residential environment where food and wine meet the sea, creating an ideal wine hideaway for visitors.

For those looking to venture off the beaten path, take a road less traveled and follow the signs to the unexplored Western Port-side of the Mornington Peninsula. As you wind your way up the driveway, passing by rows of cascading vines, you’ll be greeted by an awe-inspiring Grand Arch, a waved concrete structure, a 75-year-old Queensland King bottle tree, and a doorway that offers a tantalizing glimpse of something truly remarkable.

Pt. Leo Estate

Pt. Leo Estate’s winemaking has undergone a deliberate and careful evolution intending to produce fruit of exceptional quality. Set against a stunning backdrop of vines and overlooking Western Port Bay, Pt. Leo Estate is dedicated to sharing its property and region with others. Their impressive four-star cellar door showcases the Estate’s site-expressive wines including Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz. Guests can enjoy a generous flight of six wines that represent the best of the current vintage, as well as the Cellar Master’s choice of a back vintage.

Crittenden Estate

Crittenden Estate is a long-standing family-owned and operated winery located in the Mornington Peninsula. Passionate about crafting high-quality cool-climate wines with honesty and integrity, the family has built a reputation for excellence in winemaking. Recently, they have opened their custom-built Wine Centre which offers a unique wine-tasting experience for wine enthusiasts. With over 25 different styles and varieties available, visitors can enjoy seated tastings with knowledgeable staff on hand to guide them through a carefully prepared wine journey. The format is both innovative and educational, providing an opportunity to sample a range of alternative and traditional varieties. Whether you are a wine connoisseur or simply enjoy a good glass of wine with friends and family, the Wine Centre at Crittenden Estate is a must-visit destination on the Mornington Peninsula.

Mont Rouge Estate

Mont Rouge Estate, located in the idyllic Red Hill region, is a picturesque winery surrounded by sprawling vineyards. Step into the inviting Cellar Door and Chocolaterie to sample some of the region’s finest single vineyard wines, artisan chocolates and ice cream, each showcasing the unique flavors of the Mornington Peninsula. On weekends and public holidays, indulge in a leisurely lunch while taking in the stunning views. Mont Rouge Estate offers a warm and friendly atmosphere, welcoming visitors to experience the best the region has to offer.

For those looking to explore more of the Mornington Peninsula’s renowned wineries, a tour of Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove is a must. This family-owned estate is celebrated for its cool climate wines, and offers educational wine tastings tailored to both novices and connoisseurs alike. After your tasting, enjoy a farm-to-table lunch featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients in the beautiful alfresco piazza, and take a stroll through the sculpture garden to complete your tour.

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