Wineries & 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.
At 30 years of age and as one of the Peninsula’s premier vineyards Crittenden Estate is an essential visit.
Established, owned and operated with two generations of Crittendens involved in the daily running of the company, Crittenden Estate is known for its cutting edge and interesting alternative varieties as well as the widely acclaimed traditional varieties that the Peninsula is known for – Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Founding father Garry Crittenden was delighted and honoured to be inducted as a 2012 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival “Legend” for his contribution to the wine industry, in particular for his part in the introduction of Italian varietals into Australia in the 1990s as well as his work on the Mornington Peninsula.
Son Rollo Crittenden, now chief winemaker, has also experienced his share of success as winner of the 2010 Australian “Young Gun Winemaker of the Year” in 2010. The result, as one would imagine, is sublime wine with a large selection to choose from. Being at the cutting edge when it comes to new and alternative varieties a visit to the Crittenden Estate Wine Centre is an educational experience as well as a pleasure.
The Cups Estate
The Cups Estate is situated in the undulating dune region known as ‘the cups’. The architecturally designed cellar door captures spectacular views over neighbouring Moonah Links Golf Course and the picturesque vineyard and olive grove.
Rated 5-Stars by James Halliday, the wine list is varied and includes many award winning wines including: Sparkling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Rose, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Shiraz, Moscato and Port. The cellar door offers a warm, friendly and relaxed environment with plenty of local products and produce for sale, entertainers, and European inspired lunches on weekends during summer.
Paringa Estate winery was established by owner/winemaker Lindsay McCall in 1985. Located in the heart of Victoria’s beautiful Mornington Peninsula wine region, the home property has 10 acres (4.2 ha.) of vines planted with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Pinot Gris. The current winery was built in 1998, and houses a chefs hatted restaurant on the upper level.
In 2016 Paringa Estate managed 55 acres (22 ha.) of vineyard and in an average season the winery processes around 200 tonnes of fruit or 15,000 cases. Paringa Estate is one of the most awarded wineries in Australia, particularly for Pinot Noir and Shiraz. Paringa Estate Restaurant currently holds a chefs hat in the Age Good Food Guide. Chef Julian Hills offers an exciting and imaginative menu of colourfully presented food which, with acclaimed wines, provides a memorable dining experience. Enjoy lunch in a casual, open and elevated setting which provides expansive vineyard and valley views, whilst for evening dining the rich timber ceiling & wood fire creates a mood of warmth and intimacy overlooking the winery.
Foxeys Hangout Winery is built on a historic farming property in Red Hill. In planning the construction of their winery and cellar door, the brothers worked with an architect to create a one-of-a-kind space. The cellar door features large windows that let in a picture-perfect view of the vineyards in the valley below the winery. Small and intimate, Foxeys Hangout serves a range of still and sparkling wines as well as dessert and fortified wines. The winery focuses on pinot noir, pinot gris, chardonnay, and shiraz wines, and for two years it received the Best Wine of Show at the Victorian Wine Show.
Stonier Wines was established in 1978. Over 30 years later, the name Stonier is widely recognised as a specialist producer of ultra premium Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sparkling wine. Stonier is one of the founding wineries on the Mornington Peninsula. A visit to cellar door will allow you to explore Stonier’s different expressions of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with the unique opportunity to see a working winery in action.
Visit the striking Stonier winery for a tasting, and if time permits, an informal tour of the fermentation and barrel rooms.
T’Gallant is the birthplace of Australian Pinot Grigio, the flinty, lemony, pear flavoured wine that exudes Italian style and taste. Kevin McCarthy is the winemaker…with artisan skill steeped in Alsace and Friuli. Satiate the desire to savour the array of sublime wine he creates in the disarmingly charming cellar door. Be tempted. Be surprised. T’Gallant is the coolest address on the Mornington Peninsula.
The Spuntino Bar is a slice of Italy. Wood-fired pizza with tomato, basil and oregano collected from the garden, the fluttering fig trees overhead. Views of corduroy vines in the distance and the magical garden of artichokes. The smell and bustle of pizza passion in the cucina. Music to flavour the atmosphere…gentle singing and strumming. A glass of unsurpassed Pinot Grigio in hand, the taste of Italy.
Quealy Winemakers Cellar Door takes you right into the heart of the winery, tasting amidst the barrels and terracotta amphora. Kathleen and Kevin first arrived on the Mornington Peninsula in 1988 and have spent the subsequent years cultivating a reputation for single vineyard expressions of regional heroes Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, sourced from some of the oldest and finest sites. Quealy’s experience of Italian winemaking tradition has inspired Secco Splendido, Pobblebonk, Pinot Grigio and little-grown Friulano variety.
Open daily, come and taste with our experienced team including resident cellar paw Ninj and Kooky the Koala.