Mornington Peninsula Plunge Wine Tours

Adventure and Outdoors Tours

Private wine tours for discerning visitors that take you way beyond your average cellar-door crawl for adventures with a well-connected local. Meet winemakers, visit wineries and hear stories about the local wine scene. Arthur has access to private vineyards where you will join in tastings and discover the best flavours and scenery of this stunning region. Tour highlights include:

A morning feast of premium wines served with Main Ridge and Red Hill cheeses, olives, bread, and other delicacies enjoyed overlooking the ocean in a private beach-side location.

A behind-the-scenes, one-on-one tasting with a celebrated winemaker including Arthur’s wife, Geraldine McFaul, the winemaker at Willow Creek Vineyard and maker of Elgee Park, and Baillieu Vineyard wines.

Lunch at one of the region’s fine restaurants. Over summer, they gather fresh mussels from Harry’s boat at Flinders Pier to be later cooked and served with local wines.

Plunge Wine Tours collect and return you to your preferred location in a luxurious Mercedes-Benz Viano. Once on board, Arthur offers delicious, fresh local strawberries to calibrate your palate for wines and flavours enjoyed amidst stunning coastal views.

Facilities

Adventure and Outdoors Tours Australian Tourism Accreditation Basic Caters for limited mobility Cultural and Theme Tours Customised Family Friendly Food & Wine Food and Wine Tours Full Day Land - Motorised Moderate Nature & Wildlife Nature and wildlife Non Smoking Public Toilet Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation Sightseeing Tours Walking and Biking Tours Water - Motorised

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From $250 to $280

Visit the Mornington Peninsula wineries and producers who live and breathe organic farming and biodynamic viticulture.

Your tour begins in Main Ridge in the historic train carriages of Nazaaray Estate tasting intriguing whole-bunch fermented Pinot Noir. Then it is onto Main Ridge Dairy for locally made organic cheese before a private tasting at Ocean Eight vineyard. After a relaxing two-course lunch at Barn and Co. (a rustic rural retreat in Balnarring North), you visit the original organic orchardist, Mocks for a refreshing Red Hill organic apple or pear cider.

You finish the day ensconced in the cellar door at Prancing Horse Estate, contemplating a range of wines made by the region’s biodynamic pioneers, while enjoying superb sea views overlooking Western Port Bay.

Tour in a luxurious Mercedes Benz Viano; enjoy fresh local strawberries to calibrate your palate to the fine Pinot Noirs tasted throughout the day.

Family Friendly Non Smoking Public Toilet

From $250 to $285

Not your typical gallery experience, this tour breathes fresh air into a living art studio fuelled by nature, wine and people. The Mornington Peninsula has been an outdoor sculpture Mecca since Baillieu Myer AC and Dame Elizabeth Murdoch AC DBE laid down an ambitious plan to create Australia’s premier Sculpture Park.

This vision surrounds you when visiting McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park and the magnificent Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove for a tour of the wines, the grounds with sculptures and then lunch.

The tour then heads into the hills to watch artists at work at Gordon Glass Blowers before tasting Yabby Lake and Moorooduc Estate wines finishing the day with an intimate tasting of Garagiste Wines alongside the irrepressible winemaker (some would say artist), Barnaby Flanders in Dromana.

Tour in a luxurious Mercedes Benz Viano; enjoy fresh local strawberries to calibrate your palate to the fine Pinot Noirs tasted throughout the day.

Family Friendly Non Smoking Public Toilet

From $250 to $285

Your tour begins with coffee and pastries in Red Hill before a six and a half kilometre walk to Merricks. You will follow the original Red Hill railway line (built in 1915) and along the way, meet winemaker, Dave Chapman for a wine and cheese tasting in his Allies Vineyard.

Visit the charming Merricks General Wine Store for a tasting of Elgee Park, Baillieu and neighbours wines followed by a two-course lunch.

Afterwards, stroll over to Stonier for a tasting and, with time permitting, visit Merricks Estate to see the wines and native bushland restored by the owners. The tour then heads to Balnarring where we taste Quealy Wines with the dynamic winemaker, Kathleen Quealy.

Finish the day with a wander through the tranquil Coolart Estate, featuring the best wetlands and bird watching in the Western Port catchment.

Tour in a luxurious Mercedes Benz Viano, enjoy morning tea at the Red Hill Epicurean Centre, exclusive access, special deals and a regional gift hamper.

Family Friendly Non Smoking Public Toilet

From $250 to $300

The Grand Cru Vineyards Tour enables you to taste wines made by the pioneers of the Mornington Peninsula wine industry. You will begin with an exclusive visit to Elgee Park, the 1,000 acre Myer family property- home to the region’s first vineyard and one of Australia’s finest private sculpture collections.

Your tasting begins with the range of Elgee Park wines at the Merricks General Store and then we venture to Stonier (established 1979) for the single-vineyard wines before ascending Red Hill for the great domains of Paringa Estate and Main Ridge Estate (est. 1975).

You arrive in Balnarring North for a two course, regionally inspired lunch in the rustic Barn and Co. restaurant. Then finish the day at Moorooduc Estate with a tasting of Rick McIntyre’s range of wild yeast fermented wines. Rick is a trailblazer of Wild Yeast ferment.

Tour in a luxurious Mercedes Benz Viano; enjoy morning tea in Balnarring, exclusive access, special deals and a regional gift hamper.

Family Friendly Non Smoking Public Toilet

From $250 to $1000

The Mornington Peninsula Freedom of Choice Tour seeks to satisfy your curiosity by offering a warm, collaborative planning process for you to pick a range of activities tailored to your taste.

Explore the region with a selection of wine, gourmet food or cultural activities. For your lunch, enjoy fresh seafood from Flinders or a locally inspired picnic hamper enjoyed after a trek to the hidden cove of Bushranger’s Bay.

You are invited to take part in an unforgettable adventure that you help create. Together with your host, select an itinerary focusing on the activities and unique experiences you want that make the Mornington Peninsula such a captivating place.

Tour in a luxurious Mercedes Benz Viano, enjoy exclusive access, special deals and a regional gift hamper.

From $250 to $400

The Future Directions in Wine and Food Tour visit the restless, creative and driven winemakers and restaurateurs who push the envelope with varieties, flavour and style.

Foxeys Hangout in Red Hill is where the Lee brothers make some of the region’s best Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sparkling wines. After a visit, you head to Willow Creek Vineyards where Geraldine McFaul produces perfectly-balanced wines that engage the brain.

Lunch is at Paringa Estate, followed by a visit to Yabby Lake where in 2012 Australia’s first Jimmy Watson Trophy winning Pinot Noir was made.

The day finishes at the trailblazing Crittenden Estate, tasting the expansive Crittenden’s wines (including the exceptional Zuma) or their selection of Italian and Spanish varietals not found anywhere else in the region.

Tour in a luxurious Mercedes Benz Viano; enjoy morning tea at Apple Espresso at Tullys, exclusive access, special deals and a regional gift hamper.

Family Friendly Non Smoking Public Toilet

From $250 to $500

Mornington Peninsula Plunge Wine Tours join the Merricks General Wine Store, Willow Creek Vineyard, Elgee Park Vineyard and others for the Winemaker for a Day Tour.

Experience all the bubble and pop of vintage with a personalised tour to see harvest as it happens.

Meet the region’s premium winemakers and learn about various winemaking styles. Visit Elgee Park, Baillieu Vineyard, Willow Creek, Moorooduc Estate and Ocean Eight. Plunge Pinot Noir with celebrated winemaker, Geraldine McFaul. Feast on a gourmet winemaker’s lunch at Merricks General Wine Store. Enjoy an exclusive vineyard and sculpture park ramble around Elgee Park.

Tours available from late February till mid-March. Subject to vintage time.

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