See the Peninsula’s best experiences through the Wine, Food and Farmgate trail! #HavanaInRye #MorningtonPeninsula

Wine, Food and Farmgate trail

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.

Wine, Food and Farmgate trail

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: 

Check out the Red Hill Show next Saturday, March 22! #HavanaInRye #MorningtonPeninsula

Red Hill Show

Enjoy the fairground atmosphere at Red Hill Show!

Who doesn’t remember the fun had as a kid at various country shows?  Well Red Hill Show offers the opportunity to re-live your youth and give your kids the benefit of the same experience without being a million miles away!

Agricultural Shows are the most popular form of family entertainment in Australia today, and here on the Mornington Peninsula we have one of the best. Every year thousands of people attend the Red Hill Show to enjoy a great family day and be part of this wonderful community celebration.

This will be the 86th annual Red Hill Show (the only event of its kind on the Mornington Peninsula) and, as always, the entertainment, exhibitions, demonstrations and animals will be top class.

When the Show began in 1922, local people exhibited apples, flowers and vegetables along with the best butter, cooking and preserves from home and farm kitchens.Show Day was declared a local holiday by the Shire of Flinders and a special train ran from Melbourne to bring spectators down to Red Hill, the journey taking over three hours.

Over the years, horses, sheep, cattle and alpacas were included in the Show – each new introduction indicating the changing face of farming on the Mornington Peninsula. More recently we have added wine, avocados, olives, berries and cheese to the list of produce coming from this most acclaimed agricultural and horticultural area, and some of the very best local produce will be available at the Show for tasting and buying.

Nowadays, this iconic event provides something for all the family with a wide range of events which will captivate everyone, dad’s and boy’s included!  Just some of things to entertain everyone include:

  • The Whip Industries motocross show
  • Fruitcake and home made cheese judging competition
  • Working dog demonstrations
  • Shearing competition
  • Childrens petting opportunities
  • Mingle with miniature goats
  • Learn about pet rats (!)
  • Animal shows
  • Wood chop competition
  • Music, food and other demonstrations

Family tickets are $50 (2 adults, 3 children 6-18yo), Adults $15 and Children $10.  5 years and under are free, and Students and Pensioners get in for $10.  Free parking provided.

Gates open to the public at 8.30am, Saturday March 22. Show concludes at 5.00pm.

For more information see the Red Hill Show website at


Looking for a Mornington Peninsula Lunch? Check out Green Olive in Red Hill! #HavanaInRye #MorningtonPeninsula

Mornington Peninsula Lunch Green Olive at Red Hill

The view out over the vineyard – Green Olive at Red Hill has a beautiful setting for lunch as well as great local food to boot!

Looking for somewhere new to stop off for a great Mornington Peninsula lunch spot?  If so then why not check out the relaxed atmosphere at Green Olive at Red Hill!

We stopped there last weekend and found it to be a great little hidden gem.  A local hobby farm with wine grapes, olive trees, sheep and chooks all packed into their 27 acre plot.  They serve their own produce as well as food from surrounding local farms, and have a beautiful setting in Red Hill to have a quiet drink and to enjoy said savouries!

A family run business, Green Olive seeks not only to be local but to be full sustainable as well.  This can probably be best summed up in their own words –

We capture all our own water and store it in large above ground tanks. All irrigation for the farm comes from the large dam that collects water from the natural spring and general water runoff. All waste water is processed naturally in an aeration treatment plant and then irrigated onto the paddocks through subsurface irrigation.

All kitchen leftovers are fed to our chooks or composted with chook manure then returned to the garden. Our paper waste is shredded and composted. Where possible we reduce the need for glass and plastic containers, but if we do use them they are commercially recycled.

Almost all our cooking is done in our woodfire oven, with wood collected from fallen timber on the property or, if necessary, specially sourced plantation timber. Installed on the roof of the Farm Shop are photovoltaic panels to generate enough power for us to use and any extra power is returned back to the grid.

So there you have it … great food, great setting and an awesome little family run farm committed to sustainability.  Add in the great local wine region and what other reason do you need for a trip down the Mornington Peninsula? 🙂

For more information see Green Olive at Red Hill’s web site –

Red Hill community market and fresh strawberries this weekend! #MorningtonPeninsula #HavanaInRye

Red Hill Community Market

Red Hill Community Market

Located in one of the State’s most picturesque settings, Red Hill Market is the ‘grand dame’ of Victoria’s craft markets. In its 39th year you will find something for everyone – a great variety of arts and crafts, homewares, delicious gourmet food and fresh home grown produce.

Sunny Hill Strawberry Farm

Sunny Hill Strawberry Farm

Want something more?  Then come pick you own delicious, in season strawberries from Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm!  Open daily from 9am to 5pm, the farm provides a dessert cafe, U-pick strawberry farm (closes 4.30pm), fresh produce, gourmet products as well as Rebello wine and cider tasting.

What could be better!

Red Hill Community Market

Location: Red Hill Recreation Reserve Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill, 3937

(03) 5976 3266


Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm

Location: 244 Shands Road, Main Ridge, 3928

Joanne Petrillo
Joanne Petrillo
03 5989 4500


Acclaimed vocalist Lior performs for one night only at the Southern Peninsula Arts Centre! #MorningtonPeninsula #Havanainrye

Lior performs at the Southern Peninsula Arts CentreLior burst onto the Australian music scene in 2005 with his stunning debut album Autumn Flow. Recorded and released entirely independently, and spearheaded by This Old Love and subsequent singles Daniel and Autumn Flow, the album became one of the most successful independent debuts in Australian history.

A swag of accolades followed, amongst them three Aria nominations, as well as Triple J’s prestigious J Award nomination for Album of the Year.

Lior is known for his dynamic and moving performances and has earned a reputation as one of Australia’s finest live performers. He is part of a rare breed of artists that has achieved a great degree of success and critical acclaim, whilst maintaining an independence and individuality in their craft.

Location: Southern Peninsula Arts Centre 245 Eastbourne Rd, Rosebud, 3939

When: 21 February 2014, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Anthea Mackenzie
03 5986 8204


Enjoy some of the best Pinots from the #MorningtonPeninsula and get a free one at #HavanaInRye !

Peninsula Piers and Pinots features twenty Mornington Peninsula Vignerons showcasing the maritime cool climate wines with tastings by the sea in an intimate gathering. Held on the Sunday of the Victorian Labor Day long weekend (March 9) on the Flinders foreshore, wines will be matched with local food and live music.  The event also doubles as the finish line of the Yacht Race held on the day to add some excitement to the day!

Mornington Peninsula Piers and Pinots

Choose your Pinot!

Peninsula Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio will all be featured on the day – follow the flags from the pier and taste more than 60 wines with fantastic local produce to match. Entry includes complimentary glass and wine tastings, then purchase wine by the glass or bottle.

Easily accessible from Rye, Flinders provides a wonderful setting showing off the more rugged surf coast of the Peninsula. Come along and enjoy local music to set the scene and treat yourself and friends or family to a day to relax, enjoy and remember.

For more information including ticket prices, check out the Piers and Pinots page on Mornington Peninsula Vignerons.

Special Offer: Come stay with us over this labor day long weekend and mention this post when you book your stay to receive a complimentary bottle of peninsula Pinot on your arrival!

Check out the special offers available in the #MorningtonPeninsula ! #HavanaInRye

Fancy a hit of golf?  Or some relaxation at a day spa?  Or a wander through a hedge maze?  All of the above?  Want some special offers to tempt you down?

If so then be sure and check those out listed on the Visit Mornington Peninsula web site.  They update their catalog of offers regularly and have a good set of activities to lure you down the peninsula.

What else apart from these offers?

Don’t like what’s on offer there?  Well don’t feel you need to limit yourself – there are a myriad of things to do.  From relaxing on one of the many tranquil beaches, driving down for a relaxed lunch in Sorrento, hitting the wine region and making your own sparkling wine at Foxey’s Hangout, visiting Red Hill brewery or discovering the local varieties of cheese at Flinders Cheese.

Come down and stay!

With the hottest weather behind us there’s no better time to come visit the peninsula – come stay with us, you know you want to! 🙂

Mornington Peninsula Special Offers Spa Golf

Relax at one of the many hot springs

Come support the Great Peninsula Paddle! #HavanaInRye #MorningtonPeninsula #reclinkpaddle

Founded in 2010 by dedicated Reclink Australia supporters Nick and Virginia Cable, The Great Peninsula Paddle is an iconic annual paddle event held on Victoria’s beautiful Mornington Peninsula.

Celebrating its 5th Anniversary on Sunday 9th February, The Great Peninsula Paddle allows participants the opportunity to paddle along the stunning Mornington Peninsula shoreline from Sorrento to Portsea, gaining an exclusive paddler’s perspective of the Peninsula’s clear blue waters and white sandy beaches.

As a charity fundraising event for Reclink Australia, all participants are encouraged to fundraise in addition to their registration fee. All participants who raise $50 or more will automatically go into the running to win a Mirage Kayak with a retail value of $2,995

Designed for the novice paddler, hobbyist or families, the short course is a leisurely 3.6km paddle from the Sorrento pier to Portsea with the finishing line located on the Portsea beach, just down from the iconic Portsea Hotel.

Why not come down, support a good cause and enjoy the paddle!

Reclink Australia is a non profit organisation whose mission is to provide and promote sport and art programs for people experiencing disadvantage. Established in Victoria in 1990, Reclink Australia operates nationally providing over 4500 activities and 80,000 participation opportunities for disadvantaged Australians annually.

For more information, see the great national paddle page on Everyday Hero.

Stayed at #HavanaInRye already? Come get your free stuff!

Already stayed with us at Havana in Rye?  Awesome!  We love you guys!! 🙂

To show our love we would like to offer our previous guests some fantastic free stuff ! *

That’s right, you could get up to 3 free nights on your next stay!!

Haven’t stayed with us yet?  Well that’s no problem – this is a standing offer, which means once you do stay you are then eligible for the same free nights offers on your next stay.  Awesome !!

Front yard is private and surrounded by nature

So what are you waiting for?  The weather’s beautiful, the local beaches are fantastic and Havana is calling your name!

* All free nights are provided in addition to any paid “minimum nights” stay