Situated between 50-80kms away from Melbourne CBD, Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley wine regions are 2 of the closest wine regions to Melbourne and in our opinion, 2 of the best. The Yarra Valley is the most well known internationally and with tourists and leans towards Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, while Mornington Peninsula is a real foodie destination for those based in Melbourne and the main focus is Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of other options including a large range of other wine varieties, beers, ciders, distilleries, dairies and chocolateries. Both are also beautiful with great scenery to match the gourmet produce.
Below are 2 of our favourite spots from the Mornington Peninsula and the Yarra Valley.
A family owned vineyard that feels like a little slice of Italy, in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula. Once you arrive at Morning Sun, you’ll find it hard to tear yourself away from the beckoning vineyard views that sweep across the property. The vineyard was named as such because the property sits at the top of a lush green valley that each day welcomes the morning sun across its many rows of hand planted vines. If you do manage to make it inside the cellar door for a tasting, you’ll be greeted with friendly faces and rewarded with some of the loveliest award-winning wines in the region.
Old Apple Shed
The charm of the Old Apple Shed is unparalleled anywhere on the Mornington Peninsula. Rustic and unpretentious both in its fit out and character, this is a casual old shed with a big heart, great wines and amazing ciders. Whether you’re enjoying the sunshine in the outdoor tasting area, or inside picking a tune on the jukebox, one thing is for certain, you’ll always have a great time and tasting at the Old Apple Shed. With a pretty extensive range of wines on offer, the real drawcard here is the cider and ginger beer. Made with the freshest fruit and no artificial sweeteners, these ciders fly out the door by the case-load. Taste the full range which includes apple; pear; strawberry and passionfruit, as well as their crowd pleasing alcoholic ginger beer.
Kellybrook Winery and Distillery
Tucked away on the outskirts of the Yarra Valley in Wonga Park, we find Kellybrook Winery and Distillery. As you arrive you’ll be greeted by their vine lined slopes and a charming and warm cellar door. Take a seat by the cosy fire place, or set-up a picnic out in the garden.
Originally an apple orchard in the 70s and one of the original plantings of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet and Gewurtztraminer in the region. It’s any wonder this hidden gem is still producing some really outstanding wines and ciders today.
Four Pillars Distillery
One of the most easily recognisable Australian names in gin, Four Pillars Distillery has become a top destination in the Valley for good times, hip vibes and amazing gin.
The atmosphere here together with their informative tastings are a real treat, no matter what your level of interest in gin might be. You’ll learn all about the distillation process and become an expert on the art of gin tasting with up to five gins from their range ready for you to sip and discover your favourite.
To book a tour of either of these regions try Wine Compass Mornington Peninsula or
Wine Compass Yarra Valley where their team will look after you.