The Mornington Peninsula Wine Region boasts more than 100 vineyards and 40 boutique wineries, all within two hours drive south of Melbourne. The main townships are Red Hill, Dromana, Balnarring, Merricks, Mt Eliza, Mornington, Moorooduc and Rosebud. With its array of fabulous beaches, rolling hills and fascinating communities the region is a major tourist area, and has traditionally been a major destination for getaways from Melbourne and for breaks during the summer school holidays. The region's wineries have well-developed cellar-door facilities and many have cafes and restaurants, and some offer accommodation as well. Its challenging maritime climate favours Chardonnays, Pinot noirs, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Gris, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc and sparkling wine varieties. The wine
region takes in the whole peninsula starting at Mt Eliza and extending to Portsea. The Mornington hosts some great wine events including Winter Wine Weekend in June, Peninsula Piers and Pinots event in March, the Red Hill and Sorrento Long Lunches also in March, and the Pinot Noir Celebration in February. The climate in the region is dominated by strong winds from the south west across Port Phillip Bay and from the straight from Bass Strait. The region has several elevated hilly areas rising 250m above sea level. Heat summations range from about to 1240 at Dromana, 1080 near Main Ridge and reach a peak of 1570 at Mornington. Frosts are rare and the diurnal temperatures range is relatively small. This is a cool climate region, Annual rainfall: 740 mm; Mean January temp: 19.9°C. The region
is a productive agricultural area supplying the Melbourne markets with berries, fruit, vegetables, diary products, seafood and herbs. Although there were earlier attempts when Dromana wine won an honourable mention in the Intercontinental Exhibition in1886, the modern wineries and vineyard era began in1972. There are now more than 50 cellar doors in the region. You can also pick or buy seasonal produce at the farm gate including luscious cherries and plump berries during summer. There are many cafes and restaurants that showcase the local produce and seafood, served with a delightful local wine.
The Mornington Penisula Wine Region includes thirteen districts : Boneo ; Arthurs Seat ; Dromana ; Red Hill ; Shoreham ; Merricks ; Foxeys ; Balnarring ; Tuerong ; Main Ridge ; Moorooduc ; Mt Eliza ; Stanleys.
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