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Food & wine

Mornington Peninsula

  • Plated food, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Be rewarded for a healthy appetite in the Mornington Peninsula as you wind your way along rugged coastlines, past bay beaches and rolling hills. Stop into olive groves and renowned vineyards, break for lunch in hidden eateries and lively local markets, and load up the boot with local organic produce from roadside stalls.

Cool climate varietals
Take your pick of 170 vineyards and over 50 cellar doors around the Mornington Peninsula. Make your way around Red Hill, Merricks, Main Ridge, Balnarring and Moorooduc to taste signature cool climate single-estate pinot noir and chardonnay and get acquainted with arneis, sangiovese and gewurtztraminer.

Dining out
Settle in for an exceptional dining experience at hatted cellar door restaurants across the peninsula, from Montalto Vineyard and Ten Minutes by Tractor to Paringa Estate. In addition to first-class views and top wines you'll taste perfectly balanced meals prepared by star chefs with produce plucked from organic kitchen gardens, sustainable farms and the nearby ocean.

Pull up a chair at a seaside eatery in Mornington or Sorrento and enjoy super-fresh Flinders mussels, Port Phillip Bay whiting and flathead.

Gourmet treats
Fill your basket at popular local provedores and visit renowned producers up and down the peninsula. Keep your eyes peeled as you travel for roadside stalls boasting all kinds of regional delights. Stock up on free-range eggs, just-picked cherries, organic vegetables, aged meats, bio-dynamic apples, olive oil, preserves, freshly-roasted coffee and locally-made cheeses.

Vine to vine
Discover the culinary secrets of the region from those in the know on a food and wine tour. Join local foodies in their element and enjoy a tasting trip around renowned local wineries, restaurants and farms.