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On the Grapevine
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294 Montague Street
South Melbourne VIC 3205
Mornington Peninsula food & wine daytourA very full day out with an emphasis on a wide range of wine accompanied by superb food and hinterland scenery.
We start our day around 9.30am and travel along the coast past Melbourne's beachside suburbs and then head inland to our first stop for the day, Tanglewood Estate at Merricks North. Tanglewood is a small family owned and operated winery where a warm welcome is always extended. First planted in 1984 the vineyard covers 7 acres, the principal varieties grown here are Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. They are some of the oldest vines on the peninsula and as each year passes, they gain an intensity of flavour that younger vines cannot match. Biscuits and cheese complement the tastings.
A short drive away is the Willow Creek Vineyard. Established in 1989 the vineyard of 28 acres produces consistently good wines from estate-grown grapes. These include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon.
After the tasting, we move into the light-filled, award-winning Salix Restaurant that overlooks the vineyard. (It's hard to imagine a more relaxing setting!) Here we enjoy a main course a la carte lunch and glass of Willow Creek wine, followed by tea and coffee. Browse the menu.
After lunch, it's a short ride through to the Balnarring Vineyard. It's quirky and unlike any other winery you'll visit on the Peninsula. The vineyard's owner, Kathleen Quealy, was involved in the early plantings of the now very popular Pinot Gris on the Mornington Peninsula. This is a much smaller operation than Willow Creek but it's no less interesting with Kathleen's left-of-centre approach to winemaking.
The day concludes with visits to Mornington Peninsula Chocolates at Flinders and Red Hill Cheese at Main Ridge. Both properties complement the wineries beautifully and offer variety that's missing in other wine regions. On days when both these properties are closed, a visit would be made to Ten Minutes by Tractor at Main Ridge. It certainly is wine label with a very different name but don't let this put you off the wines. The 3 vineyards that supply fruit are all 10 minutes drive by tractor from each other !
$180 per person (applies from 1/4/12 to 31/3/13).
Deluxe transport, wine, chocolate and cheese tastings, cheese and biscuits at Tanglewood Estate, main course a la carte lunch with glass of wine and coffee at Salix Restaurant, bottled water, guide and GST.
For groups of all sizes, a similar day can be arranged. As a guide, the cost would be $110 per person, based on a minimum of 40 people and would apply from 1/4/11 to 31/3/12).
Tours are available on a daily basis with a minimum of 2 people. Private tours can be arranged, price on application.