Trail Maps

Food and Wine trail maps & ideas

Whether you’re coming for a day trip or longer, trail maps are an essential appetiser for touring. So get the big picture with the WineFoodFarmgate trail map - it will be different every season and every visit because you’ll find new discoveries around every corner. Or check out one of our suggested themed itineraries where the work has been done for you. There’s the ‘Great Indulgence Trail’ for cheese and chocolates. ‘That’s the Spirit...and Cider and Ale’ introduces you to the new wave of artisan spirit, cider and ale makers. Explore the hinterland ‘Down on the Farm’ or with ‘Berries and Cherries’, then check out ‘Gourmet Stores and More’. Dining out? There are Wine and Dine trails to point you in the best directions. 

Your adventures are almost guaranteed to inspire you to try something new or rediscover something old. Pick up a copy of the Wine Food Farmgate Trail map and look for the Wine Food Farmgate trail logo as you drive around the region.


Wine Food Farmgate Trail Map

You will find many wine, food and farmgate experiences hidden away throughout the Mornington Peninsula. You just need to know where to look. To help you discover them, we've brought the finest together to create the Mornington Peninsula Wine Food Farmgate Trail.

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'The Great Indulgence' Trail

Is there anything more wickedly wonderful than an afternoon spent sampling cheese and chocolates? Traditionally, much of the Mornington Peninsula was farming country before the vignerons discovered it. But some green pastures still produce the most superb cow, goat and sheep cheeses, which are handmade by our artisan makers. The cheeses vary according to the season, and our cheesemakers schedule dairy tours and cheesemaking workshops in addition to regular cheese tastings. But don't totally fill up on cheese. Our chocolates and fudge are the ultimate end to your dinner party. Chocolates are handmade using traditional techniques and the finest Belgian couverture, while the fudge is meltingly divine. There are beautifully imaginative chocolate and fudge gifts too, so bring your birthday or Christmas shopping lists.

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'That's the Spirit... and Cider and Ale' Trail

Move over wine buffs, the Mornington Peninsula is now an exciting region for cider, ale and artisan spirit makers.  There are ales aplenty, including India Pale Ale, Brown, Witbier and Porter, along with specialty beers that change with styles and seasons. Then there’s Summer Ale, Pilsener, Irish Stout, even a beer brewed at wine strength (not for the faint hearted – nor for those driving). Drop into a brewery or tavern and start your beer browsing. There’s plenty of cider to taste too, including traditional apple cider and a fruit range including strawberry and apple, passionfruit and apple, raspberry and apple, strawberry and pear. If you’re a new wave gin drinker, have a hands-on experience at a distillery, producing your own special gin with infused botanicals.

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'Down on the Farm' Trail

Our farmgates continue the age old customs of small scale farms which sell in their shops and at the gate. There’s so much grown and made here…succulent beef and lamb you can buy fresh or as cured gourmet produce, along with pure honey, organic heirloom and heritage vegetables, free-range eggs, seasonal fruit, jams, chutneys, relishes and even wood-fire toasted muesli. You can visit a small working farm, enjoy its produce with a glass of wine, book a cooking class and learn how to make sausages, pasta or delicious desserts. Or just bring an extra big basket and stock up in the farm shop for your picnic or pantry.

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'Berries and Cherries' Trail

Many of the Mornington Peninsula’s orchards have given way to the region’s extraordinarily successful vineyards. But the passion remains with some much-loved producers, who grow strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cherries, apples and more in our rich red soils. You can pick your own fruit during the summer months or buy a ready-picked package to take home. It’s guaranteed to be utterly fresh and delicious. You’ll also find little surprises such as those traditional varieties of apples you’d thought had disappeared forever. Then there are little surprises such as house-made icecream, preserves, desserts, sweet treats, apple juice, apple cider and apple cider vinegar.

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'Gourmet Stores and More' Trail

Our growers and farmers are just the start of the Mornington Peninsula’s abundant food culture. Their produce then reaches the hands of our chefs and artisans, whose talents are almost endless. Fresh fruit such as cherries, strawberries and raspberries becomes beautiful jams and preserves. And look out for the local cherry balsamic vinegar – your dressings and sauces will never be the same again. Then there are estate olives and olive oils from our wineries, bread baked fresh throughout the day, herbs, honey, chocolates and fudge, locally roasted coffee and award-winning icecream. You’ll find it all throughout the Peninsula at gourmet stores, traditional general stores with a contemporary twist, emporia, bakeries and vineyards.

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'red hill to main ridge Wine & Dine' Trail

Across the hills and valleys of Main Ridge and Red Hill, winery cellar doors and winery restaurants abound.  Chefs delight in the fresh local produce, and revel in the freedom to create menus that showcase their own personality and passions. Sip on the Pinot and Chardonnay that the region is renowned for.  Enjoy fine dining at a Chef's Hat restaurant or a more casual winery dining experience; you choose.

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'Northern Peninsula Wine & Dine' Trail

From funky cafes and wine bars to dining on the pier at Mornington; Italian at Mount Martha, High tea at a country estate or Vineyard views dining at a historic property. There is a style for every palate and budget.  Discover winery cellar doors 'off the beaten track', home made cakes and goodies, and hearty fare.

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'merricks to flinders Wine & Dine' Trail

Wandering over the hills of the Mornington Peninsula hinterland region, leads you to the sleepy villages of Flinders and Merricks.   From Italian inspired fare to modern Australian cuisine.   Plus of course; excellent local wines.

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'Wine and dine... along the bay' Trail

From Dromana to Sorrento there are fabulous places to wine and dine, many winning prestigious awards! Take a leisurely drive along the coast and discover some new favourites.

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'Red Hill & beyond' Trail

This small part of the Mornington Peninsula hosts a plethora of winery cellar doors and dining options.  Many Winery Cellar doors  in this area are within or adjacent to winery restaurants.  Red Hill Road becomes Shoreham Road as it takes a bend, and Paringa Road runs off it; so they are all really close to each other. The small village of Balnarring is only a hop skip and jump away.

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'learn and grow' Trail

Spend a few days learning form the locals; everything from tips for growing your own produce to converting into delectable dishes. Some are on the farm, some are in the kitchen and some are both!

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'Tour around with a local' Trail

Connect with a local to find hidden gems throughout the region. Pick and mix activities for your day - or days! Visit a plethora of wineries, restaurants and farmgates. Get behind the scenes access to , meet the makers bakers and farmers, toss in some scenery and cap it of with great local knowledge. A recipe for a great day out!

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