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Mornington Peninsula

Whether you prefer the shady gums and winding roads of Red Hill, or the smell of the sea as you drift through the paddock-lined highways to Merricks and Balnarring, visitors to the Mornington Peninsula are treated to both diversity in landscape and ways to enjoy the abundance of local wines and gourmet produce. From private picnic spots, sculpture and art galleries, award winning restaurants and luxury accommodation, lovers of premium pinot noir and chardonnay are sure to find an excuse to while away an afternoon or two in this idyllic part of the world. Christina Kaigg

Image of Ten Minutes By Tractor by Rory Gardiner.

TEN MINUTES BY TRACTOR

Star Cellar Door

(03) 5989 6455
tenminutesbytractor.com.au

With its vaulted wooden ceiling, dark panelling and brass details, the latest edition of the Ten Minutes by Tractor cellar door exudes the eye for quality and attention to detail that one of Red Hill’s shining lights has become particularly renowned for. Varietal-specific glassware is placed next to illustrated maps of the original family-named vineyard sites, with the full range of 10X, single vineyard and regional expressions available to taste for a small fee. While fans of Martin Spedding’s renowned estate battle it out over which of the original sites – Wallis, Judd or McCutcheon – produces their favourite pinot noir or chardonnay, the vintage blanc de blancs, pinot gris and a new riesling grown down the road at Paradigm Hill offer further interest for newcomers to the brand. Don’t want to leave? Pop in next door to the estate’s award-winning restaurant for further vinous intrigue and one of the country’s best wine lists.

 TOP DROP: 2019 Ten Minutes by Tractor Estate Pinot Gris, A$40

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