Pinot on the Peninsula

For all those who enjoy their Pinot with a healthy spray of sea air, the two-day Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration, held every year in February, will explode into a full week of events in 2015. The Mornington Peninsula’s Pinot Week will run from February 2 – 9 as an added extra for visitors and locals who want to experience more of what the Peninsula’s wineries have to offer.

For those wanting to learn about the subtleties of Mornington Peninsula’s Pinots, Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove’s tasting will explore sub regional and vintage differences across the Peninsula. The private tasting of six single vineyard Pinot Noirs will showcase two vintages and three vineyard sites, in Montalto’s brand new tasting room.

Are you a budding winemaker? At Foxeys Hangout Winery you can taste your way through the final stages of blending and disgorgement of sparkling wine before trying your hand at blending your very own bottle. Sweet, dry, pink – it’s completely up to you! Followed by a barrel tasting of Foxey’s 2014 single vineyard Pinot Noir and an eight-course tapas lunch – matched to single vineyard and trophy winning wines.

Show off your newfound wine knowledge by finishing up the week at Ricca’s Regardz Restaurant at Stumpy Gully Wines for its Northern Peninsula Pinot Noir Dinner. Hosted by the winemakers from Stumpy Gully and Phaedrus, you can practice your finest swirling aeration techniques amongst the professionals, while tasting your way through a delicious three-course meal, matched with current and past vintages of Pinot Noir from the Moorooduc area.

Visit the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association website for a full list of events and participating wineries.