Sustainability is always in season on the Mornington Peninsula. And across the region, an array of businesses are excelling in their dedication to sustainable practice. We’ve picked out five for you to explore more of below!
1. Crittenden Estate
The sustainable processes at Crittenden Estate in Dromana are nothing short of inspiring. They even took out the 2020 BRIT/FIVS International Sustainable Winegrowing Competition! Overall, their commitment to innovative and environmentally conscious winemaking remains eminent. Soil health, recycled water and even bees form part of their sustainable initiatives.
To learn more about sustainability at Crittenden Estate, click here.
2. Mock Red Hill
Since the certification of their orchard in 1974, Mock Red Hill has led the way as pioneers of the Australian biodynamic movement. From craft apple ciders to sparkling and cloudy juices, their range of biodynamic products is extensive and delicious. There is a strong dedication to environmentally-friendly practices at the fifth-generation family-owned orchard.
Take a tour of Mock Red Hill via the link here.
3. Kitchen Gardens - Montalto and Polperro Winery
The kitchen garden at Montalto in Red Hill South is one of Victoria’s largest and oldest. As no surprise, it's also bursting with produce grown using organic principles! At just over three acres, the growing areas represent the perfect backdrop for workshops led by produce manager Julie Bennett. These experiences have been designed to educate visitors on sustainable food production.
Explore more of Montalto here.
At Polperro Winery in Red Hill, their certified organic and biodynamic produce farm sets an impressive standard. From the 2.5-acre vegetable farm to the fruit orchard, an abundance of nourishing produce is harvested year-round. This is before it makes its way to the kitchen and dining room plate! Polperro has a strong commitment to sustainability and regenerative agriculture.
Learn more about the farm, wine and dining experiences on offer at Polperro Winery via the link here.
4. Marine Adventures - Moonraker Dolphin Swims and Polperro Dolphin And Seal Swims
Maintaining Australia’s highest level of eco certification since 1998 (‘Advanced Eco Certified’), Moonraker Dolphin Swims in Sorrento remains a leader in sustainable practice and tourism on a national scale. Did you know they are a ‘Green Travel Leader’? This makes them one of 66 Australian companies that have committed to sustainable business for more than ten years. The team supports the Dolphin Research Institute and is dedicated to environmental preservation.
Get up close to amazing marine wildlife on one of Moonraker’s underwater eco-adventures here.
First established in 1986, Polperro Dolphin and Seal Swims in Sorrento has also become a leading business for environmentally responsible marine tourism. Additionally holding an ‘Advanced Eco Certified’ accreditation, the team has established research, education and community goals for environmental awareness.
Explore more of Polperro Dolphin and Seal Swims here.
5. Torello Farm
Pocketing a plethora of grown, grazed and gathered fresh produce, Torello Farm in Dromana is overflowing with complete deliciousness. Shopping here means you're supporting all the local Mornington Peninsula farmers and producers, and what’s not to love about that? Sustainable-focused workshops are also held here on a regular basis.
Learn more about Torello Farm via the link here.