If you were a wine lover who happened to be in Melbourne, a wine tour to the Mornington Peninsula or Yarra Valley wine regions presents a boozy chance. Of course, moderation remains the best discipline, so you enjoy the flavour and fragrance of Victoria’s premier wines.
Victoria has been producing the best wines for nearly two centuries.
Yarra Valley, where the first winery emerged, continued to be Australia’s number one provider of world-class wines. Then, there’s Mornington Peninsula.
Victoria’s cool and temperate climate enhanced the quality of its wines. You can notice the sophistication from the Pinots of Mornington Peninsula to Yarra Valley’s traditional wines.
Also, the proximity of both Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley to Melbourne is an advantage for a winery tour.
Mornington Peninsula’s wines
Located a little over 40 kilometres southeast of Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula has specialised in producing Pinot Noir. But the region also has other varieties including Chardonnay, Tempranillo, and Pinot Gris.
The quality of Mornington’s Pinot Noir competes with the best in the region, and remains as one of the top low-tannin red wines made from one hundred percent grapes.
Mornington’s Chardonnay ranges from light to medium-bodied white wine, revealing a complex blend of style and tropical fruit flavour. Its Pinot Gris, a dry semi-sweet or sweet white wine variety, has light citrus and melon flavour with mild floral fragrant, ranging from tangy and light to spicy full-bodied.
The region’s Tempranillo shines as one of the best in its variety, a full-bodied Spanish style red wine from a black grape variety exhibiting plum, vanilla, tobacco, herb, leather, and strawberry flavours.
Yarra Valley’s wines
An hour of scenic drive from Melbourne, Yarra Valley is the cradle of Victoria’s wine industry. It boasts of a 170-year history. The region’s soil composition combined with cool temperature made it an ideal place for growing the vines that produce top-notch wines.
Yarra Valley has been making classic wine varieties.
Its Cabernet Sauvignon is a complex blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The result is a dry medium-bodied to full-bodied wine with silky tannins, fruity and spicy black pepper flavour, and floral aroma.
Chardonnay also thrives in the region’s cool climate. The light to medium-bodied white wine displays a fruity flavour of melon, white peach, and fig.
The Pinot Noir stays around as Yarra Valley’s premier variety. It has a wide range from light to medium-bodied red wine. The variety expresses a blend of fruity plum, strawberry, and cherry flavour with floral and herb fragrant.
Mixed with Viognier to give it a certain aroma and texture, Shiraz is on the rise in Yarra Valley. Smaller wineries prefer the label Syrah though.
There have also been emerging varieties coming out of Yarra Valley’s cellar doors.
With a closer similarity to Pinot Noir, Gamay is a light-bodied red wine revealing a fruity flavour of strawberry, raspberry, lilac, and violets aroma.
Nebbiolo is a red wine variety originating from the mountains of the northern Italian region of Piedmont. It stands out as one of the best in the region. A light-coloured highly tannic red wine with tar and rose scents, Nebbiolo requires years of ageing. Ageing in oak barrels reveals the aromas of raspberry, cherry, wild herbs, violets, truffles, tar, tobacco, and prunes.
Yarra Valley also produces Arneis, a variety that expresses a crisp and floral fragrant ranging from dry to full-bodied white wine with pear and apricot flavour. And then there’s Grüner Veltliner, a dry white wine ’s food-friendly presenting spicy green pepper, citrus, peach, lime, and tobacco flavours.
Join our wine tours
Wildlife Tours Australia offers wine tour packages to Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley.
Book our one-day Mornington Peninsula wine tour for $125 (without lunch) or $145 (with lunch) today. The tour includes a visit to two wineries known for quality and excellent service, a cider house, a strawberry farm, a rustic dairy farm, a chocolate factory. There’s also a chance to view the great coastal vistas of the peninsula including the iconic seaside beach boxes.
For our one-day Yarra Valley wine tour, the price starts at $115 (without lunch). You can also opt to upgrade to $135 winery lunch included. The tour includes a visit to two wineries, a cider ale house, a gourmet farm, and a chocolate factory.
Touring around Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley for the cool and temperate wines of Victoria would be a memorable and fascinating experience with tipsy twists and woozy turns.