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Mornington Peninsula

From the sandy beaches of Flinders and Balnarring to the sun-drenched, tree-lined hillsides of Red Hill, the Mornington Peninsula hosts a range of cellar doors boasting exceptional food experiences and some of Victoria’s most stunning examples of pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot gris. While cool-climate varieties maintain their champion status, an increasing number of cellar doors are expanding their offering to include new varieties and new tasting formats. With travel-hungry Melbournian’s only an hour’s drive away, this summer saw the region raise an already high standard of wine experiences to even loftier heights, making this year’s award recipients a particular joy for visitors.
Christina Kaigg

Image of Quealy Winemakers by Adrian Lander.

Quealy Winemakers

Star Cellar Door & Cellar Door with Best Accommodation

(03) 5983 2483
quealy.com.au

Quealy was started in 2006 by Kathleen Quealy and Kevin McCarthy (both ex-T’Gallant), and the pair quickly established themselves as pioneers of both varietal and winemaking innovation in the region. The cellar door, complete with the friendly tails of winery dogs and a cheerfully windswept Kat (a bottle in one hand, a plate of parmesan crisp bread in the other), is a breath of fresh air and homemade hospitality.Renowned for their approach to Italian varieties – they were the first to bring friulano into Australia – a tasting at the cellar-door offers insight into their approach to grapes like Moscato Giallo and Malvasia Istriana. Quealy also produces notable single-site pinot noir and pinot gris/grigio, sourced from the Tussie Mussie and Musk Creek vineyards, as well as their organically certified winery property. With son Tom McCarthy now head winemaker and Lucas Blanck as vineyard manager, the next generation of Quealy wines are set to maintain the label’s grounding in quality and sustainability, from vineyard to glass. CHRISTINA KAIGG

OUTSTANDING WINE: 2019 Quealy Turbul Friulano, A$40

Crittenden Estate
Best Large Cellar Door

(03) 5987 3800
crittendenwines.com.au

Kerri Greens Winery
Best Small Cellar Door

0438 219 507
kerrigreens.com

Ten Minutes by Tractor
Best Tasting Experience

(03) 5989 6455
tenminutesbytractor.com.au

Pt Leo Estate
Cellar Door with Best Food (Laura Restaurant)

(03) 5989 9011
ptleoestate.com.au

Montalto
BEST ADDITIONAL CELLAR DOOR EXPERIENCE (Estate-to-Plate Experience)

(03) 5989 8412
montalto.com.au