The Mornington Peninsula is Victoria’s cool-climate wonderland, where winemakers capture the region’s wilful ways in a fresh, layered and captivating wine experience.
The Winter Wine Festival is a calendar favourite for many Melburnians and will be relaunched in 2021, with the showcase tasting of 50 Mornington Peninsula wineries exhibiting more than 200 premium wines at the Red Hill Showground on Saturday, 12 June.
With crowd density in mind, Saturday’s festival has been reimagined and will see three sheds transformed into subregional experiences, each with two restaurants creating entrée-sized dishes championing the region’s beautiful produce – and of course the excellence of its wine, too. Just 900 tickets will be available.
Enhancing the weekend’s program will be hallmark events across the region, including a long lunch at the Pavilion at Red Hill Showground on Sunday, 13 June, bringing together the small winemakers – those you’d usually need an appointment to see, who don’t have cellar doors.
On Monday, pull on your boots and a roll-neck jumper for a walk through the forest from Red Hill to Merricks, where the General Wine Store will welcome you with an open fire.
Across the weekend, the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons will welcome visitors to cellar doors as usual, with new release wines on offer, as well as old favourites.
Pre-booked tickets only at $120 for Saturday and $170 for Sunday.
Saturday tickets include a complimentary Riedel tasting glass, all wine tastings, a tasting book and three entree sized dishes (more food vouchers also available for purchase). Designated driver tickets are also available for $80 and include all of the above except no wine tastings are included. Please note that wine by the glass will be available to purchase to enjoy with your meal if desired, but any wine purchased by bottle cannot to be consumed at the venue, due to Liquor Licensing.
Sunday tickets are $170 per head and includes a pre-lunch tasting, a hosted sit-down three course winemaker’s lunch with wines to match.