It’s no secret that our region is a wine lovers’ destination with a particular affinity for producing stunning Pinot Noir and Chardonnay thanks to our cool climate and landscape. There are over 50 cellar doors waiting to be discovered so now’s the time to start ticking them off your winery bucket list! Many wineries come complete with on-site restaurants while others are hidden off the beaten track small cellar doors that are well worth stopping by.
If you’re not a wine buff or you prefer something icy cold then you need to gather your crew and head out on the Beer Cider and Spirits Trail. The peninsula is home to a new generation of movers and shakers crafting a solid reputation for leading the way in this space. Think new age brews, distinctive whiskey, gin and rum, plus ciders made from apples grown at orchards that existed on the peninsula well before wineries boomed. You’ll find it hard to drive for more than 15 minutes without coming across one the 14 trail stops scattered across our compact peninsula.
Tuck into brekkie with a view while you sip on coffee made from locally roasted beans, snack on fish and chips by the sea or treat yourself to a Chef Hatted restaurant at a vineyard. Or, better yet, make a day of it and do all three. It’s no wonder that with such abundant fresh produce and eye for innovation that our well awarded cafes and restaurants have made a name for region on the dining scene and continue to push the boundaries.
From roadside caravans with fresh seafood, artisan cheesemakers, chocolatiers and olive groves, fresh produce abounds on the Mornington Peninsula. Keep your eye out year-round and you’ll find market gardens and small family farms selling seasonal produce where you may be able to pick your own berries, join in a sustainability workshop or take a tractor ride with the kids. Our artisan retailers tock gourmet goodies perfect for creating your own picnic hampers and our farmgates are the place to go when you want a cook up a storm.
You are now armed with all the information needed to re-discover your taste buds by mixing and matching great food with beverages of all kinds. While self-driving is one way to get around, if you are looking for someone with all the insider’s knowledge then join a tour with one of the experts. Our top picks include Grape Expectations Australia and MP Experience.
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