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Wine Food Farmgate Trail

Find Mornington Peninsula wineries, farm produce, restaurants and more

One of life's greatest pleasures is the Mornington Peninsula - a place where you can eat, drink, forage, shop, learn, and tour. Wine Food Farmgate reveals the Mornington Peninsula’s most delicious secrets. How do you get a sensational seasonal snapshot of the Mornington Peninsula? Just follow the Mornington Peninsula Wine Food Farmgate trail, where you can eat, forage, sip, shop, learn and tour the very best of this region.

Just drive through our region, and the Peninsula's love affair with wine, fresh produce, seafood and bountiful food on the table is quickly revealed. Taste it, sip it, pick it, catch it, take it home with you. Summer brings berries and cherries, while autumn is time for apples and pears.  In winter, forage through the hinterland for seasonal produce, warm up with a meal beside a roaring fire or enjoy your favourite tipple overlooking glorious countryside. Stride out on a beach walk then reward yourself with hot soup or a woodfired pizza and a glass of red wine in a seaside village. Return in the Spring for crisp, fresh vegies and cherry blossom. 

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.

Download our Wine Food Farmgate Trail Map here, or our seasonal produce calendar here.

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Wet Day Activities

Rainy days can be just as fun as a sunshine filled day so we’ve gathered eight ideas that’ll turn the gloomiest of days around. Most of our ideas involve staying inside where you’ll be as dry as a bone, but for the small child in all of us there is one activity which requires a little sense of adventure and a big love of animals! Read on and dread the rainy days no more.

Thinking of staying out of the rain? Relax, refresh and recharge at the Woodman Estate Spa, offering a full range of tailored massage and wellness treatments, and to stomp on those hunger pangs grab a healthy bite to eat and then all of the above is ticked and completed!  Even better, book in for a luxury weekend stay for a total pampering experience. The entire stay will be one not to be forgotten.

Stay dry …. come sit by the fire and sip a Pinot or Chardonnay at Main Ridge Estate. Visit the cellar door from noon to 5 pm Friday- Monday, choose from the grazing menu, Red Hill Cheeseboards and snack plates Yum!  This beautiful family-run winery is worth venturing out for even if it’s raining.

How about tasting some Hix craft beers, some wines and select from a menu fresh grown produce. Hickinbotham of Dromana and Hix Brewery also has an authentic “aussie” ambiance and is perfect for relaxing in front of the open fire or listening to live music over breathtaking views, hmm!…..it’s so easy! If the rain stops there are farm animals for the kids to visit.

Fancy a “Hot Buttered Winter Gin” or a “Brandy Old Fashioned”?  Then a visit to Bass and Flinders Distillery is a must. Did you know they make a gin for Winter, aptly named Winter Gin? Come in for a tasting at the cellar door or fill your rainy afternoon with a two-hour gin masterclass where you can make a bottle of our own unique gin to take home. Bookings essential. Experience a journey from vineyard to glass! 

“Winter weekday fun” at Crittenden Estate, just imagine a Fine Wine and Artisan Chocolate Tasting, bookings are essential for this decadent experience and if you decide to really indulge book in for an overnight stay in the beautiful Lakeside Villas and dine in the modern vineyard restaurant.  You can also visit the cellar door while you’re there and stock up the wine rack. 

Even though it’s raining you can enjoy a ride on Arthurs Seat Eaglesoaring above the trees in a state-of-the-art gondola and feed the hungry mouths at the Eagle Café at the top of the summit enjoying the view from the all-weather deck or sit in the warm café. You can even get a 20% discount with their “Winter Week Yays”, a great discount if you make your trip on a weekday (offer valid until 17th August 2108).

Sailing across the bay aboard Searoad Ferries great idea for a wet day. Sail across Port Phillip from Sorrento to Queenscliff, view the stunning coastline whilst you enjoy the warmth of the lounges and café, you can drive on and off, there’s even an onboard playground for the kids, check the website for special activities and school holiday ideas. 

Grab the gumboots, raincoats and the kids and head to the Rain Hayne and Shine Farmyard. All animal-loving kids enjoy a hands-on experience with a farm animal cuddle and feed. If the weather permits take a hayride to complete the experience. They have indoor and outdoor picnic areas and a small playground. Do not miss out on seeing the wallabies, emus and a dingo, making this visit a full farm day experience to enjoy. 

So whether you’re brave enough to don your coat and boots to jump in puddles or you are looking for an indoor activity to keep you warm, you’ll find something to discover on the Mornington Peninsula.


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Author: Ebony MPT