Wine lovers can rejoice that the much-anticipated Winter Wine Weekend is just around the corner. **PLEASE NOTE! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, JULY 24.** It’s time for wine enthusiasts from the Mornington Peninsula and afar to dust off their boots and grab their cosiest jumper to join the annual three-day celebration of Peninsula wines.
Here, attendees can experience the region’s incredible diversity, with 45 Peninsula wineries exhibiting more than 200 premium wines in one place. This unique set-up includes three sheds that will each showcase two restaurants featuring menus of entrée-size dishes with regional produce to complement the wines. With only 900 tickets on offer, make sure you get in quickly.
Long Lunch at the Pavilion will launch. It showcases a rare collection of wineries that don’t have cellar doors. These wines will then be matched to a spectacular three-course menu that will be enjoyed with the sounds wafting through the venue entertaining you as the winemakers share their stories.
Pre-booked tickets are $120 for Saturday and $170 for Sunday. Saturday tickets include a complimentary Riedel tasting glass, all wine tastings, a tasting book and three entrée-size dishes, with extra food vouchers available to buy. If you’re so inclined, you can purchase wine by the glass to enjoy with your meal. However, any bottles of wine you’ve bought can’t be consumed at the venue because of liquor licensing regulations. Also on offer are designated driver tickets for $80. These include everything except the wine tastings. Sunday’s tickets include a pre-lunch tasting and a hosted sit-down three-course winemaker’s lunch with wines to match. This lunch is hosted by acclaimed food writer Richard Cornish who has written a piece about chef Matt Wilkinson at Montalto on the following pages.
Throughout the weekend, Mornington Peninsula vignerons will welcome visitors to warm cellar doors to taste new-release wines, revisit old favourites and experience the region’s seasonal offerings.
Tickets are available at www.mpwine.com.au
On pages 78-81 in our Winter Wine Weekend feature, you can explore some of the wineries that will be on board and get a taste for what you can expect.