Cool-climate maritime charm

There were vineyards in Mornington Peninsula in the late 1800s but only on a small scale, and they had all but disappeared by the early 1900s. Serious replanting didn’t start again until the mid-1970s. The most widely planted variety is Pinot Noir, but Chardonnay and Pinot Gris also thrive in the cool maritime environment.

There can be little doubt that the Mornington Peninsula star has just begun its ascent and that it is capable of taking its place among the other Australian star regions. It’s strikingly impressive cool climate premium wines are the essence of the ‘new’ Australian wines to which consumers are flocking in increasing numbers. 

Mornington Peninsula
Mornington Peninsula
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Mornington Peninsula snapshot

The Mornington Peninsula is located directly south of Melbourne on a slender strip of land jutting out into Bass Strait. The climate is textbook cool maritime. Vineyard sites are no further than about seven kilometres from the ocean.

The region is a popular destination for Melbourne residents so tourism plays an important role in the regional economy.

792ha
Total vineyard area
25-250m
Altitude
38° 20'S
Latitude
320-390mm
Growing season rainfall
19.4°c
Mean temperature (Jan)
1570
Heat degree days
White
40%
Red
60%
Type

Chardonnay

Creates very distinctive styles with typical flavours of melon, citrus and fig.

Pinot Gris

The cool climate is ideal for this variety. The best examples are medium-bodied with stony, mineral notes and vibrant fruit.

Pinot Noir

The most planted variety in the region. Light to medium-bodied with delicate cherry strawberry fruit notes, vibrant acidity and soft tannins.

Top varieties grown in Mornington Peninsula
Climate
  • Strongly maritime but site specific
  • No vineyard site is further than 7 km from the ocean
  • Relative humidity is high
  • Frost is rare due to consistent winds
Soil
  • Yellow and brown soils over friable, well drained clay 
  • Red volcanic based soils
  • Deep fertile sandy soils in northern area

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