Sample Mornington Peninsula’s finest drops
The Mornington Peninsula, a 90 minute drive from Melbourne, has more vineyards per kilometre than anywhere else in Australia – 174 vineyards at last count. Sample its specialities – pinot noir and chardonnay – or perhaps the local pinot gris, which is also winning acclaim – at the annual Winter Wine Weekend, from 9 – 12 June.
Every year, the Mornington Peninsula Cellar Doors make visitors especially welcome over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. Christened Winter Wine Weekend, cellar doors across the Peninsula will be abuzz with their freshly bottled 2006 vintage pinots and chardonnays alongside other very individual varieties, blends and styles.
Over 200 wines from 50 wineries will be on show at the opening event in Red Hill – the Winter Wine Festival - on Saturday 9 June. Taste wines and listen and learn of the region's key winemakers at free seminars during the day.
Over the weekend, visitors can also enjoy a gourmet frankfurt or emu snag, learn how to dance and enjoy steaming paella.
Entry to this year's Winter Wine Festival is $35 (inc GST) at the door ($30 pre-booked with the MPVA) and includes a complimentary Luigi Bormioli wine glass and all wine tasting with a comprehensive tasting booklet. Wine can also be purchased and taken or freighted on the day.
For more information about any events as part of this great occasion, phone the Mornington Peninsula Tourism Office on (03) 5989 2377.
Full program or brochure available at www.visitmorningtonpeninsula.org
For further details on Winter Wine Weekend call 03 5989 2377or visit www.mpva.com.au