Wine Events on the Mornington Peninsula

Pinot Celebration Australia - RACV Cape Schanck - 11 & 12 February 2020

11 Feb 2020 - 12 Feb 2020

Pinot Celebration 2019

Leading  Pinot Noir experts and wineries  from Australia and around the World explored stories of Pinot Noir from the Mornington Peninsula, Australia and the world, over two days of tastings, discussions, lunches and gala dinners!

Stories of Pinot Noir – told by the growers, the winemakers, Masters of Wine, the sommeliers and the wine writers that have been captivated by this wonderful and elusive grape variety. 

Held on February 8 and 9, 2019 at the newly built RACV Cape Schanck Resort a first hand experience by one UK guest is here

The theme for 2019 was to understand the development and history of Australian Pinot - celebrating its journey. This Celebration saw the introduction of concurrent sessions and opportunities for visitors to get out and about in our region, showcasing the latest new developments including Point Leo Estate in Merricks.

Tickets included the full two day program as below, including all tastings, lunches and dinners - $1,100pp 

Some extra tickets were available for dinner Friday night at Pt. Leo Estate and Saturday night at RACV Cape Schanck.  For any enquiries contact


RACV Cape Schanck have provided a package for our delegates. These options were provided when booking for one or two tickets here:

One Celebration ticket plus 3 nights accommodation in Superior Ocean View Room 7th, 8th and 9th Feb (including breakfast) at RACV Cape Schanck Resort $2000 for one.

Two Celebration tickets plus 3 nights accommodation in Superior Ocean View Room 7th, 8th and 9th Feb (including breakfast for 2) at RACV Cape Schanck Resort $3100 for two

For those who do not wish to purchase the package, please use this link  for other accommodation options at RACV Cape Schanck Resort.

Pinot Celebration Program:

Friday 8 February 2019 - Program Day 1
8.30am        Welcome   
8.45am        The Australian Pinot Noir Story – Andrew Caillard MW 
                        The journey of the Pinot Noir to Australia and its regions
10.30am      The Victorian modern Pinot Story - Max Allen
                        The Journey to Pinot Noir in Victoria
11.45am       Mornington Peninsula – 1850-2050 - Andrew Caillard MW & Nick Ryan
2pm              Mornington Peninsula - The 2016 Pinot Noir Story  - Philip Rich & Nina Caplan
4pm              Break out Sessions - all will attend one session

  • Pinot Project – What does place bring to Pinot Noir?  If we can remove all other influences, then the site can shine through.  Five Mornington Peninsula vineyards with the same clone (MV6), picked at the same level of ripeness and made into wine by the same winemaking team.  Taste 2 vintages of each to find out what individual site has to say.
  • The language of Wine – share a glass of the writers' choice and discuss pinot stories and what has inspired them to write about wine and Pinot Noir.
  • Raspberries, roses and chocolate - a journey to tease your taste buds. A wine’s aroma is extremely complex, but how can we decipher it? The aromas of wine often invoke memories of fruits and flowers, but what about liquorice, vanilla, dark chocolate, musk, mushroom and leather? Our sense of smell is not always attuned to recognise nor identify them - join us for a tantalising journey of discovery
  • Indigenous cultural walk, hosted by Gunditjmara Kirrae Wurrung – Bundjalung man, Lionel Lauch, this experience explores the No 16 beach divide in Rye. Passionate about his cultural heritage and people, Lionel embraces opportunities to share his knowledge of the land and educate others about his culture through guided walks ‘on country’
  • Pinot and oak - How to separate the wood from the trees?  Sweet Pinot noir fruit blends beautifully with the spice and lift from new oak and the mellowing effect of older barrels.  Oak flavours should harmonise with fruit, not dominate.  Discover the special alchemy that is the interplay of oak and Pinot Noir - during fermentation and maturation - and how the flavours manifest in the finished wine

6.30pm - Dinner at Point Leo Estate - Explore the diversity of Australian wines

Saturday 9 February 2019 - Program Day 2

9am              The Travelling Pinot Vine – A talk by Nina Caplan
                        “Every bottle of wine contains the perfume of a particular past. The sun that warmed and thickened
                         the grapeskins, the oak sliced and bent and toasted into barrels, and further back, the hopes of the
                         man or 
woman who planted that vine”
9.30am          The Tasmanian Pinot Noir Story - Huon Hooke
11.15am         An Australian Pinot selection - Jane Faulkner with sommeliers - Leanne Altmann, Penny Grant, Jane Lopes, Kara Maisano, Jenna Phillpott, Shanteh Wong
12.30pm         ‘Pinot Walkabout’ The diversity of 50 Australian Pinot producers
3pm                The International Pinot Noir Story An international Perspective - Kate McIntyre MW & Christina Pickard
4.45pm           A Burgundy Pinot Story – Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair - Thibault Liger-Belair with James Halliday & Philip Rich

7pm - Farewell Dinner at RACV Cape Schanck with Mornington Peninsula chefs

Many thanks to our major partner RACV and all our sponsors: