An ideal day for food and wine aficionados, you’ll visit some of the best wineries and food purveyors in the region, as well as Heronswood Gardens, Australia’s first certified organic garden.
After your full day of exploring, you’ll understand why Mornington Peninsula has received the distinction of one of Victoria’s treasures.
Note: Indicative times of 8:30am to 6:30pm would apply but will be confirmed the evening prior to the date of travel. Pick up is from your city hotel or from another agreed point. If you are staying out of the city, St Paul’s Cathedral, which is located in the city opposite Federation Square and Flinders Street Train Station would be the central meeting point.
Meeting PlacePick-up from your city hotel. If outside the city, meeting at St Paul’s Cathedral opposite Flinders Street Station and Federation Square
Price$215 per adult
$170 per child (4-15 yo)
$65 per infant (0-3yo)
InclusionsTransport, wine tastings at Yabby Lake, Crittenden Estate and Quealy Vineyards, tastings at Mornington Peninsula Chocolates, main course a la carte lunch with glass of wine and coffee at Merricks General Store, entry to Heronswood Gardens, bottled water, guide and GST
Note:Want to do this tour privately? No problem! Contact us for options.
Not all venues are open on all days - Mornington Peninsula Chocolates and Main Ridge Dairy are closed on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday.
Let's Go To The Peninsula
We’ll pick you up at your city hotel, otherwise, those staying outside of the city can meet us at St. Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne.
Once you meet your friendly guide, a local expert, and get the rundown of the day, excitement grows as we pass through the bayside suburbs of Melbourne, heading inland for our first stop of the day.
Yabby Lake Vineyard Tasting
Established in 1998 and with 120 acres under vine, their focus is very much on pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot gris. For those looking for something bolder, their Heathcote Estate vineyard in Central Victoria produces a fuller bodied and richer shiraz.
Crittenden Estate Vineyard Tasting
A short drive away is the Crittenden Estate Vineyard, one of the earlier planted vineyards on the Peninsula. They were established in 1984 by Gary Crittenden and are still in the family's hands today. While acknowledging the cool climate was suitable for high quality chardonnay and pinot noir, Italian and Iberian Peninsula varieties were also pursued. Today, the experience for visitors is greatly enhanced with this wider choice.
Quealy Vineyard Tasting
Skirting the Westernport Bay side of the Peninsula, we'll arrive at the Quealy Vineyard at Balnarring. Quirky and with a nod to Italian winemaking styles, it's a vineyard that leaves an impression.
Merricks General Store Lunch
Dating back to the early 1920's, this is one of the region's iconic establishments. From its early years as a post office, store and meeting place for the local rural community, its heritage buildings have been lovingly restored to house a bistro, art gallery, cellar door and produce store. Enjoy a main course a la carte lunch and glass of wine, followed by tea and coffee.
Mornington Peninsula Chocolates Tasting
After lunch, it’s off to Mornington Peninsula Chocolates at Flinders, a place where food and art become one. With no artificial flavours or preservatives, these exquisite chocolates are almost too good to eat. On days when Mornington Peninsula Chocolates is closed, a visit will be made to either Stonier Wines, Tucks Ridge or Ten Minutes by Tractor Vineyard.
The last stop on our exploration of Mornington Peninsula will include a visit to the historic Heronswood Gardens at Dromana. Perched on a high point that overlooks Port Phillip Bay, this respite from the crowds features over 1.6 hectares of formal gardens surrounding an historic bluestone building constructed in 1871. A gardener’s delight, the property cultivates heirloom vegetables and fruits as well as holding the distinction as Australia’s first organic garden.
As we make our way back home and memories of a most delicious food and wine experience set in, so too will the late afternoon sun over Port Phillips Bay. Notice the spectacular vista from Arthurs Seat lookout (305 metres high) as the bay glistens and shimmers, and in the distance you will see the Melbourne CBD skyline.
ANGZ-NZ: Paul provides the highest standard of service available. It absolutely made our holiday. Well done Vinetrekker!!
BillMancs: It was a rainy day but it made no difference to this tour... Highly recommended!
BroadfieldCourt: I would highly recommend the tasting to everyone - the quality guide and the excellent service makes this trip worth it!