Some of the world’s top wine writers have been astonished at the outstanding quality of wines from this region. So come and discover what has made them such fans of one of Australia’s finest cool-climate wine regions.
Both the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula have gained international reputations for the quality of their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Yarra Valley, which is home to Moet et Chandon’s Australian vineyard (Chandon) also produces exceptional méthode traditionnelle from these varietals. The Mornington Peninsula is also rapidly gaining recognition for its Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio.
On Phillip Island, the smallest of these areas, two award-winning vineyards produce Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Merlot and Shiraz.
Welcoming cellar doors
There are more than 50 cellar doors on the Mornington Peninsula, more than 80 in the Yarra Valley, and two on Phillip Island. Most offer a foodie experience inspired by local produce, whether it’s a simple but delicious platter of cheese from the artisan cheese makers down the road, or a fine dining restaurant that’s been awarded Chef’s Hats from the Good Food Guide.
You can follow a number of winery touring routes, or if you’d rather leave the driving and navigation to an expert, organise a winery tour. For information on the Yarra Valley and the Dandenongs: www.experienceyarravalley.com.au/wine-home/
for the Mornington Peninsula: www.mpva.com.au
, for Phillip Island www.southerngippslandwine.com.au/