Close to two hundred vineyards operate throughout the Mornington Peninsula. Set against spectacular coastal scenery and rugged hinterland, the wineries of the area house some sixty cellar doors where visitors can taste wines, learn about wines and buy wines for that perfect souvenir of a visit to the Mornington Peninsula. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the two top varieties of the region and are becoming increasingly recognised in wine circles.

Many of the area's wineries feature restaurants and cafes on their grounds and match local produce with the wines they create. Romantic vineyard dinners are a luxurious holiday indulgence and a perfect way to end a long day touring the area.

It is not just vineyards which thrive in the fertile soils of the Mornington Peninsula. Local produce such as olives, berries and vegetables are produced in the hinterland and are widely available from local shops and farm gates. Dairy farming is another local industry with specialist cheeses a popular local product. Being surrounded by water, the Mornington Peninsula is also the place to try amazingly fresh seafood, which is available from local shops and restaurants.

The majority of Mornington Peninsula wineries are located along the central strip of hinterland between Port Phillip Bay and Western Port, close to the holiday towns of ShorehamBalnarring and Dromana.

The Mornington Peninsula boasts a wide array of holiday accommodation options. Holiday apartments in Rye, Rosebud and Sorrento are a popular choice and make a great base from which to explore the wineries of the area. Luxury holiday homes in Portsea, Sorrento and Blairgowrie often include spectacular extras such as swimming pools, tennis courts and spas. Holiday accommodation at the top end of the market is ideal for families or couples looking to indulge in secluded surroundings.

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- The Mornington Pensinula boasts stunning scenery as well as some of Australia's very best wines