Celebrate the start of Winter
Mornington Peninsula Winter Wine Fest
The vignerons of the Mornington Peninsula cannot think of a better way of celebrating during the June long weekend than their Winter Wine Weekend, a calendar ‘must’ since its inception in 1988. The biggest number of wineries participating yet will launch the winter program
This year 53 Peninsula wineries are throwing open cellar doors, pulling bungs on barrels and countless corks to showcase the diversity of this renowned wine region, right on Melbourne’s doorstep, just an hour’s drive away. A three-day immersion in fine wines from a unique cool maritime wine region. The festivities at the participating individual wineries are outlined in the Winter Wine Weekend brochure which is enclosed.
Warm your cockles with heart warming bottles of Mornington Peninsula wines. Pinots, pies and puddings, new Cellar Doors, new releases, steaming paella, fireside flights, explore walking tracks, join winemaker’s winery tours, enjoy a taste of Bollywood or hot goulasch soup, join in tutored tastings with matched food or simply warm up your body and satisfy your soul throughout the long weekend.
The launch event is the Winter Wine Fest (Saturday 7 June, 11am – 4pm Red Hill Showgrounds, Mel Ref 190 J3) which traditionally marks the beginning of the Winter Wine Weekend program. Over 200 wines will be on taste and sale by the glass or the case from 51 Mornington Peninsula vineyards including ten Minutes by Tractor, Main Ridge Estate, Eldridge Estate, Five Sons, Yabby Lake, Paringa, Stumpy Gully Vineyard and Kooyong - all undercover.
Tutored Tastings with key winemakers will be offered during the day – learn and enhance your appreciation of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and cool climate Shiraz
Warming winter foods including seafood chowder, terrines, cassoulet and paella will be provided by local restaurants and provedores including Stillwater, Montalto, and Two Buoys. A selection of Mornington Peninsula gourmet providores will also be showcased, along with local favourites the Flying Calamari Brothers and coffee provided by Café Jett.
More serious wine lovers can enrol in one (or all) of the tutored mini tasting seminars that will be held throughout the Winter Wine Fest day. It's a great way to learn more about the Peninsula’s benchmark wine varieties, growing techniques and their impact on flavour and wine styles.
The seminars will be conducted by selected winemakers and will focus on the Peninsula’s major grape varieties. The palate work-out sessions will include:
- Chardonnay: Cool but not bananas
- Pinot Envy: Discover Peninsula pinot noirs
- The Grey Grape: Discover Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio
- Shirazamatazz: The Peninsula's other red grape
Entry to the Winter Wine Fest is $35 (includes GST) at the door ($30 pre-booked) and includes MPVA wineglass, Seminar attendance, tasting notes and recipes. Food purchases are not included. Transport options to the event will be coordinated by Red Hill Shuttle and tickets for designated drivers will also be available. For further information on any of the Winter Wine Weekend events please phone Cheryl Lee on (03) 5989 2377, or check the MPVA website via the links below. Bookings PH (03) 5989 2377
- Melbourne Surrounds (VIC)
- Mornington Peninsula (VIC)
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