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The Mornington Peninsula VineHop Festival

Seems the Mornington Peninsula has skipped spring this year and we’ve jumped straight into summer. And what better way to kick it off than some cool white wine, surrounded by friends and listening to some great bands while soaking up some sun.

The Mornington Peninsula Vine Hop festival ran for the first time this year and from all account, it was a great success. We spent the Saturday travelling between 4 of the 13 venues that were on offer for the day.

The venues were spread throughout almost the entire length of the Peninsula and in our opinion, there was something for everyone at the amazing wineries on display.

Along with the varieties of wine on offer, there were locally brewed beers and spirits available at several venues along with a plethora of food trucks.

We travelled by car, (with a designated driver) so we didn’t need the busses that were constantly ferrying people from one winery to the next throughout the day. We did hear some reports that the busses were a bit off schedule and that this caused some people to have to wait a little longer than the organisers would have liked, but we’re hoping that it was just a case of first year teething problems and that the festival is back next year bigger and better.

We spent most of the morning at the Red Hill Estate, overlooking the vines and having a cheeky ‘pre-lunch’ glass of bubbles from a nice bottle of “Estate Range Prosecco” and some snacks from one of the food trucks. Some of us even got a bit more adventurous and had a delicious glass of gin and dry ginger from the Bass & Flinders Distillery. “Gin before noon” I hear you say? It was a Saturday and we’re all allowed have a nice cool drink on a such a warm day aren’t we?

Next we moved onto the Nazaaray Estate Winery where we found a lovely spot in the shade and settled down for lunch and shared a bottle of Sav Blanc between the group.

Then on to Blue Ridge Estate where we were treated to stunning views out across the bay.

The finally we headed out to Mornington to visit Phaedrus Estate where we were able to sit back and relax while the band played and we finished off out last, and possibly best bottle of wine for the day.

The VineHop festival will be back for 2018, but all of these amazing wineries are open all year round and are just a short drive from our Arthurs Views accommodation.

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