Wine, food and farmgate trail
There are many fabulous wine, food and farmgate experiences hidden away throughout the Mornington Peninsula, especially in the hinterland where little country roads reveal some of Victoria’s top vineyards, farmgates, restaurants and producers.
The best have been brought together in the new ‘Wine, Food and Farmgate’ Trail. It’s the most extensive wine and food program ever created on the peninsula, featuring chefs and restaurants, vignerons and vineyards, growers, orchardists and gourmet storeowners.
The hinterland hills are laced with vines, olive groves and intimate vineyard restaurants. Cellar door experiences kindle many a conversation over a glass or two of world-ranking Pinot Noir.
Stellar cellar doors
There are more than 50 cellar doors stretching from Mornington and Moorooduc in the north, through the famed Red Hill and Main Ridge, to Fingal in the south. The gentle maritime climate puts a very individual stamp on our wines, as do the many little microclimates.
An epicurean eden
Fine wine and abundant local produce have proved to be an irresistible temptation for top city chefs seeking a sea change. They’ve raised the bar on regional dining, with one restaurant holding two Chef’s Hats, and three restaurants each holding one Chef’s Hat.
Freshest at the farmgate
The fabulous food experience on the Mornington Peninsula all starts at the farmgates, which grow and create a vast range of gourmet produce.
Red Hill and Main Ridge are the best spots for luscious fruit, particularly pick-your-own strawberries (November to April) and cherries (December and January). And don’t leave Red Hill and Main Ridge without visiting the dairies – their handmade cheeses are legendary, particularly with bread from a local bakery. Baxter is home to vegetable growers, so watch for organic produce; salad greens, herbs, heirloom carrots, beans and pumpkin, depending on the season.
Your next move
Log onto the Wine, Food and Farmgate website to start planning your own Wine, Food and Farmgate Trail: www.winefoodfarmgate.com.au