Winter Wine Weekend
11 Jun 2016 - 13 Jun 2016
Winter Wine Weekend is held during the Queens Birthday long weekend in June every year.
Winter Wine Weekend is made up of two parts:
1. Winter Wine Fest - Saturday only (ticketed event) at Red Hill Showground
2. Cellar Door activities and events - all Weekend at participating Cellar Doors
The opening event of the weekend is the Winter Wine Fest (Saturday only 11am - 4pm), held at the Red Hill Showground is an exhibition and tasting which traditionally marks the beginning of the extensive Winter Wine Weekend program. One place on one day all under cover where you can taste more than 200 premium wines from 47 wineries. Click here for full details of activities at all Wineries and details of the launch Winter Wine Fest in 2016.
Pre booked tickets are $65 and on the day $70 - each ticket includes a complimentary Riedel tasting glass, all wine tastings, a tasting book and two entree sized dishes (more food vouchers also available for purchase). Designated driver tickets are also available for $55 ($60 on the day) and include all of the above except no wine tastings are included.
Tickets are available here (for those who are early birds) until 4pm 5 June 2016. After this, tickets will be available at the Entry at Red Hill Showgrounds (until sold out)
TICKETS ORDERED BEFORE 1 JUNE WILL BE POSTED TO YOU, SO PLEASE PUT YOUR POSTAL ADDRESS ON THE TICKET ORDER. TICKETS ORDERED AFTER THIS DATE WILL BE HELD FOR COLLECTION ON THE DAY.
Wine Seminars/Tutored Tastings
As well as the tastings, there are Seminars on key varieties grown in the region and hosted by key winemakers include tutored tastings and discussion on various themes which prove extremely popular. Key Mornington Peninsula wineries participate in these sessions. Numbers for the seminars are limited to 50 per session. ($10 per sessions which need to be pre booked):
12noon - Cool Whites
1.30pm - Pinot Noir - SOLD OUT
3pm - Shiraz
Mornington Peninsula 2015 menu including biographies of chefs and background to selection of dishes - 2016 menu will be published around Easter 2016
This is a showcase of 7 local restaurants with inspiring entree sized dishes to complement the wines and offer those attending a chance to taste Mornington Peninsula's regional excellence. The quality of the food is created to match the forty year development of premium wines. Chefs in the region are pushing boundaries and have a wonderful camaraderie which is not often seen outside their kitchens...
Winter Wine Weekend activities
Mornington Peninsula Vignerons also welcome visitors to warm Cellar Doors to taste new release wines, visit old favourites and to experience the seasonal offerings of the region. There is more to pruning in June, although many vignerons relish the rejuvenation of the vine following the busy harvest season. The majesty of the vineyards is perhaps no more apparent than when stripped bare
Each year, the Queens Birthday Weekend offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in wine, wander with the winemakers, visit the vineyards and taste new vintages. Three days of wine, food and song, pinot noir, chardonnay, pinot gris, shiraz, and a range of other less well known wines for the region, are matched with fine Australian cuisine, pizzas, emu snags & regional fare. Whether at a vintage review, a wine and food matching program, blending your own sparkling dosage, or simply chatting with the maker, the wines of the region will be on show in grand style.