Mornington Peninsula Wine Tour
An hour's drive south east of Melbourne lies the Mornington Peninsula wine region; with its gently
undulating hills, rolling green pastures and tranquil vineyards is as stunning as the range of wines
produced by its wineries.
Wine lovers will revel in the excellent wines, cellar doors and food options throughout the region.
Wine production in this region dates back to 1886. Today's version began around 1972 when a small
group of aspiring vignerons recognised the dormant potential of the Mornington Peninsula for
producing high quality, cool climate varieties.
Since then the region has built a global reputation, confirming it as one of Australia’s true maritime
The predominance of the surrounding water, and the cooling winds from the south, east and west,
combine to give the region a wonderful climate ideal for growing late ripening varieties like Pinot Noir
For what is a relatively small growing area there are a surprising array of soils to be found – from
mottled yellow duplex and red volcanic soils to sandier soils around the Peninsula's geographic centre
of Moorooduc. This delightful diversity of soils, micro-climates and the cool, ocean informed climate
creates a complex network of micro-sites capable of producing famed Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to
high quality Shiraz to Arneis.
Chardonnay benefits from the extraordinary natural acidity that the cool climate can produce and
accentuates the restraint and tight structure for which the region is renowned.
For Pinot Noir there is an enormous range of styles expressed by the region’s flagship variety