If there’s one place to add to our boutique Mornington Peninsula winery bucket list, it’s Yal Yal. This picturesque estate is not only producing elegant premium wines; it is also an architectural masterpiece.
Nestled into the gently sloping hills of Merricks, this stunning cellar door, reimagined by design firm Intermode, literally feels like a home among the gum trees. This is the place to visit if you want to sip premium wines at a modern winery with a rural outlook.
Visit: 21 Yal Yal Rd, Merricks. Open Friday to Sunday, from midday. Bookings essential.
This dog-friendly Dromana cellar door and tasting room is set to become your new weekend go-to. Located in Dromana’s burgeoning Collins Road Industrial Estate Precinct (along with local heavyweights including Jetty Road Brewery, Two Bays Brewery, Jimmy Rum, Boatshed Cheese and Bass & Flinders Distillery), Rahona Valley is all about good wine and great ambience.
Stop in for summer Sunday sessions featuring a rotating list of live and local musicians, chocolate and wine tasting masterclasses, or a wine tasting and a limited menu of delectable drinking accompaniments (think platters, pate, chips, chocolate and fresh oysters).
Visit: Open weekends from midday. Bookings recommended.
When it comes to sustainable wineries, they don’t get much greener than Paradigm Hill. The environmentally sustainable estate is working forwards a zero-carbon footprint, installing a 30kWh solar system to offset its energy usage and rainwater tanks to reduce water waste, as well as using dry farming practices to reduce the need for irrigation.
Even the striking cellar door was designed with efficiency in mind. While sustainability underpins their winemaking philosophy, this family-run outfit is still focused on producing quality wines that exhibit pure varietal expression. Try their Riesling, a unique offering on the peninsula.
Visit: 26 Merricks Rd, Merricks. Open weekends from midday.
Kerri Greens started out as a passion project for second-generation winemaker Tom McCarthy (son of Kathleen Quealy and Kevin McCarthy, of T’Gallant winemaking fame) and ex-Quealy vineyard manager Lucas Blanck.
Now, a decade on, the small-scale winery is creating a big reputation for itself as one to watch. BYO picnic and pull up a sunny spot on the lawn with a class of estate-made wine, or pop by for a tasting then enjoy a glass of your favourite drop (we highly recommend the gewurztraminer) out on the sun-drenched patio.
Visit: 38 Paringa Rd, Red Hill South. Open Friday to Sunday. Bookings recommended but walk-ins welcome.