Winter Wine Weekend
09 Jun 2018 - 11 Jun 2018
Winter Wine Weekend is held during the Queens Birthday long weekend in June every year and there are 2 parts:
1. Winter Wine Fest - Saturday only (ticketed event) at Red Hill Showground
2. Cellar Door activities and events - all Weekend at 50 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 around 200 premium wines from 47 wineries matched by a special menu created by 8 chefs and one cheesemaker here.
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. Online tickets this year will be issued by Eventbrite, and food vouchers will be issued to all ticket holders on entry. Please note that wine by the glass will be available to purchase to enjoy with your meal if desired, but any wine purchased by bottle cannot to be consumed at the venue, due to Liquor Licensing.
Online Tickets will be available from end of March 2018. Tickets to Winter Wine fest on Saturday 9 June available at the Entry at Red Hill Showgrounds (until sold out).
Full details of 2018 Event here
This is a showcase of 8 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.