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Known for its beautiful beaches, the Mornington Peninsula is Melbourne’s most popular holiday destination.
Surrounded by ocean and bay waters on three sides, the maritime influence on wine and food production is unique. Going behind the scenes on this Premium Daytour will showcase garden fresh produce together with the varietal differences of the wines at 3 contrasting vineyards.
Meeting PlacePick-up from your city hotel. If staying outside the city, the Melbourne Town Hall, which is located in the city on the corner of Collins & Swanston Streets would be the central meeting point.
Price$550 per adult.
$350 per child (4-17yo)
$100 per infant (0-3yo)
InclusionsTransport, private wine tastings at Crittenden Estate and Quealy Vineyards, private wine tastings, garden tour, degustation lunch, wine and coffee at Montalto Vineyard, guide, bottled water and GST.
NoteIndicative times of 9:30am to 6:30pm would apply but will be confirmed the evening prior to the date of travel. Pick up is from or close by your city hotel or from another agreed point. If you are staying out of the city, the Melbourne Town Hall which is located in the city, on the corner of Collins & Swanston Streets would be the central meeting point.
We’re Peninsula Bound
We’ll pick you up at or close to your city hotel, otherwise, those staying outside of the city can meet us at the Melbourne Town Hall.
Your friendly guide, a local expert, will introduce you to the day on the leisurely drive through to the south-east of Melbourne. In no time, you’ll have arrived on the Peninsula where you’ll stop briefly at Arthurs Seat to take in the view of Port Phillip Bay, the Southern Ocean and surrounding suburbs.
Montalto Vineyard Restaurant
Experience Montalto’s ‘Estate to Plate’ philosophy with a guided walk with their chef through the estate kitchen gardens. A passion for seasonal, locally grown produce has seen Montalto kitchen gardens expand to almost four acres in recent years. Explore the expansive gardens and learn how their growers and the Montalto kitchen work together to maximise the natural bounty of the estate.
After the Kitchen Garden walk, adjourn to the Alto Room for a private and seated tasting of their cool climate, single vineyard and estate wines. With panoramic views overlooking the vineyards, you’ll appreciate how site impacts the flavour of the wine and why Montalto is so widely lauded.
Finally, experience Montalto’s estate to plate philosophy in action, with a stunning 5-course lunch with matched wines in their restaurant. Since their opening in 2002, they have been awarded The Age’s Good Food Chef’s hat on 16 occasions. Enjoy a warm and relaxing dining experience with seasonal local and estate-grown produce, cooked on the wood-fire grill.
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, arrive at the Quealy Vineyard at Balnarring. Quirky and with a nod to Italian winemaking styles, it's a vineyard that leaves an impression.
After such a great day on the Mornington Peninsula, enjoy the short ride back to Melbourne whilst reminiscing about the quality of food, wine and hospitality you’ve experienced.