Cellar Doors

Wineries, breweries and other cellar doors

With more than 50 Mornington Peninsula wineries featuring cellar doors, this is one of the hottest spots in Australia to sip a little, learn a lot and discover some gems for your own cellar. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the stellar wines, but superb Shiraz, Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are stealing more of the limelight.

There's also some sibling rivalry in the Mornington Peninsula cellar door scene: think handcrafted beer including seasonal releases, local apples made into whole-juice cider, and artisan distillers creating distinctive gin, vodka and grappa. And before you drive…think about shuttle services between wineries and local transfers.

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With more than 50 cellar door wineries and some of Australia’s top wines right here on the Mornington Peninsula, there is bound to be something that suits your palette.

In one of the world’s most respected wine magazines, Andrew Jefford also said: “I wrote that it was almost like the Chambolle-Musigny vintage for Mornington. A wonderful amount of grace and impressive force. Super-attractive wines.” It all began in the 1970s with a handful of visionary winemakers, and by the 1990s the Mornington Peninsula was recognised as one of the most exciting new regions in the world for extraordinary Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Now, an even more intimate understanding of the Mornington Peninsula’s hills and valleys, micro-climates and their unique ‘terroir’ is leading to a greater sense of place and individuality in these wines. Outstanding Pinot Grigio/Gris, Shiraz and other varietals have also claimed their place. So come and talk to our Mornington Peninsula winemakers and explore Red Hill, Main Ridge, Merricks, Balnarring, Moorooduc and Dromana. More than 50 cellar doors, ranging from the rustic to grand landmarks, are operated by 200 vineyards, and many are open seven days a week. There’s a fabulous range of food too, from casual shared platters through to fine dining restaurants.

Pick up a copy of the Mornington Peninsula Wine Food Farmgate Trail map and look for the Wine Food Farmgate trail logo as you drive around the region.