The Region

The Mornington Peninsula Wine Region

Mornington Peninsula is a special place where vines thrive in sheltered undulating valleys nurtured by a maritime cool climate creating elegant, personality-packed award-winning wines - predominantly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with Pinot Grigio and Shiraz a smaller presence. Vineyards planted in the 1970s started the current era...now 45 years on. Memories were captured from founding vignerons as shown at the recent Pinot Celebration Australia...

Mornington Peninsula's signature wine? It is supple & alluring, coaxing elegant and delicate varietal characters from the locally grown Pinot Noir. Appropriately, the region's wines show great finesse but don't be fooled by any apparent delicacy, as these wines are packed full of intensity, structure & texture.

Walk pristine beaches and spectacular cliff tops, catch a wave, paddle a sea kayak, tackle the fairway at Cape Schanck, or sip a seductive Pinot Noir and feel the difference when you visit the Mornington Peninsula.

Less than an hour's drive south-east of Melbourne, the region now hosts 200 small-scale vineyards and more than 50 cellar doors offering visitors a personal warm welcome and taste of the region's diverse and impressive collection of fine wines. Mornington Peninsula wineries are supported by exceptional, and an increasing variety, of restaurants, bistros and cafes.

Maps of Mornington Peninsula Soils and Contours of the region

 

The Mornington Peninsula Wine Industry - A Community Guide to Environmental Best Practice & Winery and Vineyard Management.

 

MPVA Water Project
The MPVA has been conducting biological and chemical water testing each season in Mornington Peninsula vineyards since 2007. The project is run by Geoff Duke and continue to monitor any changes to our waterways:

2020 Vintage Report

After a challenging start to the year, Mornington Peninsula wineries were feeling positive when the first grapes of the vintage began coming off vines in early March, about two weeks later than average due to a very cool summer. 

Yield is reported to be down 35-40% on average and down 60% on 2019, which was affected by cool weather and wind at flowering which continued through fruit set and into the growing period.

Initial concern that smoke haze in January may have affected the region’s vineyards was allayed after extensive testing by the Australian Wine Research Institute and Dromana laboratory Vintessential.

The Mornington Peninsula’s coastal geography helped to dissipate any smoke and its effects as well as the distance from ignition points, the cool season also meant grapes were pre-verasion at the time of the bushfires, minimising potential for penetration of smoke.

Settled weather for the remainder of March allowed for vintage to progress with pace to delivery consistently high quality, low tonnage fruit.

Tyson Lewis – President MPVA Technical Committee