Five of the Best Mornington Peninsula Wineries and Cellar Doors
Exceptional Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and boutique cellar doors abound as we present the best Mornington Peninsula wineries to visit.
Just an hour drive from the centre of Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula has long been known as the home of beaches, colourful swimming boxes and holiday houses. Since the early 1980s Mornington has emerged as one of the Australia's premier cool-climate wine regions. With its many sheltered valleys and a maritime cool climate, it's now home to over 200 wineries producing award-winning Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.
To help plan your trip, we've selected a collection of Mornington Peninsula wineries we feel provide the best cellar door experience, plus we've included a handy interactive map down below.
Crittenden Wine Centre
Crittenden Wines are an icon of the Mornington Peninsula, helping to establish the region's reputation for superb cool-climate wines since the early 1980s. Today, the new Crittenden Wine Centre is the perfect place to sample a wide range of wines. Sit back and enjoy relaxed table service and be guided through a customized flight of wines by knowledgeable and friendly staff. There is a superb range of over two dozen wines on offer, from excellent Chardonnay and Pinot Noir through to innovative alternative varietals such as Vermentino, Savagnin and Tempranillo under their Los Hermanos and Pinocchio labels.
25 Harrisons Rd, Dromana, VIC - View on our Mornington map
Open daily 10:30 am to 4:30pm
Visit the Crittenden Wine Centre website
Quealy Winery Cellar Door
If you're a fan of Pinot Gris then a visit to the Quealy Winery Cellar Door should be the first cellar door on your list - Australian wine lovers can arguably thank Kathleen Quealy for introducing us to this vibrant style. At this charming cellar door, passionate hosts are on hand to guide you through the eclectic range of wines each with a characteristic and innovative winemaking style. You'll enjoy an amazing collection from sparkling wines and skin-contact whites to single vineyard Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, and cool climate Muscat dessert wines. You're in good hands here.
62 Bittern-Dromana Rd, Balnarring, VIC - View on our Mornington map
Open daily 9am to 5pm
Visit the Quealy website
Red Hill Estate
Established in 1989, this salt of the earth winery and cellar door was one of the first in the region and helped establish the Mornington Peninsula's reputation for outstanding cool-climate wines. There is a superb range of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Shiraz and Sparkling available to sample, with fruit sourced from their three estate vineyards. This is a great way to contrast the subtle differences that each vineyard imparts and to also appreciate the talents of winemaker Donna Stephens. Make sure you take the time to step outside and take in the magnificent view - it's one of the best in the region and looks over the vines out towards Western Port Bay.
53 Shoreham Rd, Red Hill South, VIC - View on our Mornington map
Open daily 11am to 5pm
Visit the Red Hill Estate website
Rare Hare is the Peninsula's latest restaurant, wine bar, produce store and the new home of Willow Creek Wines and is not to be missed during your next visit. Enjoy a casual wine tasting at the wine bar or call ahead to book a guided tasting with one of the cellar door team in the barrel room. Afterwards, take in the panoramic views over the Willow Creek vines and enjoy innovative modern Australian fare in the restaurant courtesy of executive chef Guy Stanaway. Why not book a room and stay a night at Jackalope Hotel, the region's latest luxury offering, that's just a short hop from the cellar door.
166 Balnarring Rd, Merricks North, VIC - View on our Mornington map
Open Mon to Thur 11am to 5pm and Fri to Sun 11am to 9pm
Visit the Rare Hare website
This charming cellar door is the perfect place to spend the afternoon sampling a host of award-winning single vineyard Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Enjoy stunning views over the vineyard and a light lunch on the verandah, or perch yourself at the slick tasting bar and be guided by the always friendly cellar door staff through offerings from their Yabby Lake and Red Claw labels.
86-112 Tuerong Rd, Tuerong, VIC - View on our Mornington map
Open Daily 10am to 5pm
Visit the Yabby Lake website
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For more information on visiting the Mornington Peninsula, be sure to visit the official Mornington Peninsula Website or stop by the visitor information centre in Dromana. If you'd like to sample some of the wineries listed in this guide before you visit, explore our selection of Mornington Wines and find out more about the wineries listed here in our Meet the Makers section .
And, with the Wine Selectors Regional Release program me, you'll experience a different wine region each Release with all wines expertly selected by our Tasting Panel, plus you'll receive comprehensive tasting notes and fascinating insights into each region. Visit our Regular Deliveries page to find out more!