Mornington Peninsula Explorer Daytour
- Duration: 9 Hours (approx.)
- Product code: MPE
A busy, varied day that gives visitors a taste of the wines, specialty foodstuffs and scenery that's made the Peninsula one of Victoria's treasures.
Moorooduc Estate Winery
Mornington Peninsula Chocolates
Red Hill Cheese
Arthurs Seat Lookout
We start our day around 9.15am and follow the bay through Melbourne's bayside suburbs before heading inland to our first stop for the day, Moorooduc Estate at Moorooduc. They're a family owned and operated winery where a warm welcome is always extended. First planted in 1983 the vineyard covers 12 acres, the principal varieties grown here are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. 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 Quealy Vineyard at Balnarring. The vineyard dates back to the early 1980's and has some of the oldest pinot noir vines on the peninsula. Under the guidance of Kathleen Quealy the vineyard is now producing consistently good wines from estate-grown grapes. These include Chardonnay and Pinot Noir while Pinot Gris and Muscat are sourced from neighbouring vineyards..
Close by is Salix where an a la carte lunch, glass of wine and coffee is enjoyed in the rustic barn like setting.
It's then off to Mornington Peninsula Chocolates at Flinders. This is a place where food and art become one. With no artificial flavours or preservatives, these exquisite chocolates are almost too good to eat (almost!).
We're now heading home, and with the sun beginning to fall the afternoon vista from Arthurs Seat lookout (305 metres high) is spectacular. The bay glistens and shimmers, and to the left you can see the heads of Port Phillip Bay, and in the distance to the right you will see the Melbourne CBD skyline.
And for the garden lovers, there's the option of visiting the Heronswood Gardens at Dromana. Perched on a high point that overlooks Port Phillip Bay, this breathtaking historic property features over 1.6 hectares of formal gardens surrounding an historic bluestone building constructed in 1871.