Introducing Mornington Peninsula
Mornington Peninsula wineries are among Australia’s foremost in reputation, occupying exclusive land surrounded by undulating farm lands, beaches, golf courses and secret bays. The Mornington Peninsula map shows a peninsula that juts out from Port Phillip, a decidedly cool climate wine region rendered even more chilly by prevailing ocean winds.
Mornington Peninsula vignerons first planted vines in the late 1880's, but as with many of Victoria’s fledgling wine regions, production halted and was reinvigorated in the 1970's. Early wine pioneers of the 1970's recognised the Mornington Peninsula wine regions potential with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which have become flagship staples of the area, and indeed, in Australian wine circles.
Where is Mornington Peninsula?
Mornington Peninsula is located south of the city of Melbourne, Victoria. Mornington Peninsula wineries are located an easy one-hour drive south of Melbourne CBD. A car is all you will need to access the beautiful and highly acclaimed vineyards and cellar doors.
Mornington Peninsula Climate
The Mornington Peninsula map shows a region surrounded by Bass Strait, Western Port Bay and Port Phillip and is considered to be a true maritime and cool climate wine region. Mornington Peninsula vignerons enjoy one of Australia’s longest growing seasons, contributed to by cool weather influenced by chilly ocean breezes and plentiful rainfall during the critical winter and spring period.
Unique Characteristics of Mornington Peninsula
Mornington Peninsula wineries are blessed with this pristine, cool climate, and enjoy a long ripening season with high sunshine hours – the resulting fruit is often concentrated at ripeness, showing a quiet power in red wines and generosity yet freshness in white wines. There is a large range of styles within Mornington Peninsula wineries, with picking regimes often a mitigating factor in whether wines are lean and fine or powerful, rich and concentrated.
Wines to try from Mornington Peninsula
Mornington Peninsula wineries are renowned for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Mornington Peninsula wineries have widely planted Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, though a large collection of grape varieties are planted in the region. Shiraz and Pinot Gris are other notable varieties for Mornington Peninsula vignerons.
Mornington Peninsula wineries mostly focus on Pinot Noir as their benchmark red wine. The Mornington Peninsula vignerons have individual approaches to the variety with a broad spread of styles seen from the region from light, ethereal expressions through to powerful, concentrated styles. The wines of the region all tend to have a richness and depth of flavour, with ripe fruit at their core. Arguably, the wines are denser than most Pinot Noir of high quality from Australia.
Mornington Peninsula wineries use Chardonnay as their flagship white grape variety. Chardonnay is typically bolstered by a brisk, tense acid profile that keep wines nervous and fresh, even when stone fruit and melon character is enhanced by ripeness and concentration of flavours. Mornington Peninsula vignerons work with a variety of clones and microclimates within the region, creating wines of complexity, gentle savouriness at times, and often supple texture associated with ripeness and judicious oak handling.
Must See Mornington Peninsula
Mornington Peninsula vignerons are typically small grower-producers who make wine using estate fruit rather than fruit that is bought into wineries. The boutique nature of most Mornington Peninsula wineries makes them very appealing for wine tourism, with many offering excellent cellar door facilities. Smaller producers in Mornington Peninsula means that, on the whole, wine quality is very high.
The roll call of Mornington Peninsula wineries is of very high calibre, with notable prestige wineries jointed by boutique producers of additional renowned. Familiar names are:
- Yabby Lake
- Paringa Estate
- Main Ridge
- Eldridge Estate
Key Mornington Peninsula Event
International Cool Climate Wine Show
The International Cool Climate Wine Show was established in 2000 and wanted to advance the benchmarking of cool climate wine by inviting entries from leading international regions. It is now the leading event on the Peninsula, bringing cool climate wines from national and international spotlights into one destination. The show consists of a public tasting, awards dinner and master class all throughout late May each year.
The future of Mornington Peninsula Wine
Mornington Peninsula vignerons will continue to trade on their fine product and high reputation, alongside a proximity to Melbourne that makes wine tourism very attractive. Incredible track record at wine shows, including high profile trophy wins for Mornington Peninsula wineries like Yabby Lake and Paringa Estate are supported by a cult status of wines from Mornington Peninsula vignerons like Main Ridge and Eldridge Estate. The mixes of Mornington Peninsula wineries are increasingly attractive, as are the diverse expressions of fine Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
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