In Photos: Mornington Peninsula Wine Region, Australia

Ladies and Gentlemen, Australia’s spring has fortunately gifted me some great photographs of places I never thought I’d get to see this soon after my big move to Australia. I have already made it to two of the most famous wine regions in Melbourne – Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula.

Last weekend I got the chance to explore Mornington Peninsula’s wine scene. From its name, I was in the notion that Mornington would be more of a laid-back place where Victorians settled in after retirement. I was completely wrong – not the laid-back part – the region is a retreat for city dwellers seeking some sun, wine, food and coast.

On our way, Sean, the tour guide, talks about his interest in finding a home in this part of the town. Though the drive takes over an hour from Melbourne city, he says the numerous outdoor trails and wineries in Mornington are worth all the effort, even if it means driving to the city everyday for jobs.

Laid-back. Outdoor trails. Home. A puzzle was solved. I figured the reason I always wanted to live in Victoria was to mainly be a part of both worlds – the city to sojourn and the wilderness to escape. That’s the thing about exploring the city with a local; each time it has added layers to my understanding about the region.

I will be talking more about my musings on Melbourne in another post.

But first, here is a photoessay on some of Mornington Peninsula wines, wineries and vineyards.

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Stonier Winery

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Stonier is one of the first wineries in the region. In 1978, they first planted chardonnay followed by Pinot Noir in 1988.

Cheese platter

You won’t find major lunch options at Stonier but if you’re coming in for wine tasting, a cheese platter complements it the best.

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I would say this was my lucky day. Stonier‘s cellar doors are not generally open to public, but we had a peek into their room laden with traditional oak barrels, where the wines are left to mature for a period of time. While the wine ages in these oak barrels, some air is typically let in to introduce small amounts of oxygen. The interaction of the phenols in wine and the chemical properties in the oak imparts desirable vanilla, spice or butter flavors.

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Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove

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We headed to Montalto restaurant to dine at the Piazza cafe but was closed for renovation.

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The sourdough dipped in flavoured Olive Oil, melts in your mouth – especially after the tasting of each wine sample. My personal favorite is the Basil infused Olive oil.

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T’Gallant

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T’Gallant is known for its Pinot G – Pinot Gris style inspired from Northern France and Pinot Grigio from Northern Italy.

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After a wait for about 15 minutes, we found a vacant table where we had our cheesy pizza washed down by this bright red wine 🙂


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Vineyards by the Parking

Paringa Estate

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Known for its Pinot Noir and Shiraz, Paringa Estate houses an a la carte restaurant set slightly elevated with expansive views of the vineyard and valley.

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Way too many vineyards to digest in one day. Isn’t it?

Red Hill Estate

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Our final tour was to the Red Hill Estate Winery. I must admit, I spent a few minutes taking in the panoramic views of Western Port Bay hugging the vineyard floor.
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Vineyards at Red Hill Estate

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The collection

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It was time for some wine tasting, but I couldn’t wait to get back to the vineyards and embrace the views once again.

 

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Special thanks to Dancing Kangaroo Tours for hosting me.

Which is the most delicious wine you’ve had so far and where? Share your experiences in the comments section below.

PS: Some of you have personally emailed me asking about the camera I use. It is the Canon EOS 700D + EF-S 18-55mm 3.5-5.6. This comes with a standard lens 18-55mm, which is great for beginners venturing into landscape photography.

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11 Comments

  1. Some amazing photos, but forget the wine – those vineyards are worth visiting for the views alone!

  2. What beautiful places! I grew up in italy and I love wine, but don’t know much about the ones from australia. I’d love to visit one day and the vineyards would be high on my list of must-sees!

    • Shilpa Balakrishnan

      Marta, I loved the wine in italy too – especially chianti. Its one of my favorite 🙂

  3. sarah ricks

    What gorgeous photos of these vineyards. I’ve been on wine tasting tours in croatia and in california, U.S., so this is something I’d love to try when we make to australia. Thanks for these helpful tips.

  4. Francesca (@WorkMomTravels)

    What lovely wineries! I think I know how you felt, wanting to take in more of the scenery than the wine. that’s half of what makes visiting vineyards so fantastic!

  5. Vibha@pixelvoyages

    Hey Shilpa! first up, stunning pics. i love it when the images tell a story on their own and that is how i compose mine too. glad to have come across your blog.

  6. Ajish - UAE Exchange

    The continent has more than 2000 wineries and some of them even provide cooking classes… these pics are really tempting.

  7. Sitting here I toured virtually the popular vineyards of Australia because of the stupendous photos clicked by you. The pictures show the beauty of the place tempting enough to plan a tour soon with my family. Thanks for sharing.

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