Beloved for its pristine beaches and gloriously green hinterland just an hour's drive from Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula is also home to more than 50 boutique cellar doors and renowned pinot noir.

Meet the peninsula vintners, who'll tell you about their famed pinot noir and celebrated chardonnay, and let you in on the secrets of the newer regional varietals including pinot grigio, pinot gris and shiraz.

Taste different styles on a tour around this compact and diverse region. The peninsula’s climate, topography, land and soil structure combine to create distinct microclimates around the hinterland villages of Red Hill, Main Ridge and Moorooduc, and at coastal spots Merricks, Balnarring and Dromana.

Follow up an afternoon of wine tasting with a memorable meal at celebrated restaurants such as Laura, Ten Minutes By Tractor, Port Phillip Estate, Montalto and Paringa Estate.

Try something a little different: tour the heart of the region's wine country on horseback, visiting wineries and farms along the way for tastings.

Cruise down the peninsula over the Queen's Birthday break in June to join the fun at the Winter Wine Weekend. Pop into local cellar doors in and around Red Hill and taste more than 200 premium wines from some 50 wineries.

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