The Mornington Peninsula Wine Region (part I), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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A view of the old Shiraz (Syrah) vineyard at Paringa Estate Winery, The Mornington Peninsula Wine Region, Victoria, Australia, from a beautiful stained glass window in the Estate’s restaurant

 

The Mornington Peninsula is a sub-region of Victoria State (southeast of Melbourne) that, in recent years, has been identified as the best area in Australia for cultivating classic Burgundian varietals (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir). Situated on a long stretch of land embraced by three bodies of water – southeast of Melbourne — the Peninsula is graced with winds from Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay and Bass Strait which provide a very cooling effect on viticulture.

 

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The winery entrance, Paringa Estate Winery, The Mornington Peninsula Wine Region, Victoria, Australia

 

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The oldest Shiraz (Syrah) vines – adjacent to the winery building — had just been trimmed by owner and winemaker Lindsay McCall, Paringa Estate Winery, The Mornington Peninsula Wine Region, Victoria, Australia

 

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The roses on the edge of the old Shiraz (Syrah) vines provided a nice color contrast to the vineyard, Paringa Estate Winery, The Mornington Peninsula Wine Region, Victoria, Australia

 

Paringa Estate Winery was established by owner and winemaker Lindsay McCall (formerly a school teacher!) in 1985.  Situated on the Mornington Peninsula in beautiful Red Hill, Victoria, this winery’s vines stretch across 10 acres (4 hectares).  It is most famous for producing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, while also creating one of the country’s top-rated cool climate Shiraz (Syrah) wines.  On our visit to the winery, we had an opportunity to do a wine tasting with the property manager, joined, just after we began, by the winery’s winemaker and founder, Lindsay McCall.

 

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Your blogger caught in the act of making the prior photograph (by a friend and fellow traveler) at Paringa Estate Winery, The Mornington Peninsula Wine Region, Victoria, Australia

 

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Our wine tasting was in the winery’s barrel room, Paringa Estate Winery, The Mornington Peninsula Wine Region, Victoria, Australia

 

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After an early morning of trimming vines, winemaker and owner Lindsay McCalll joined us for an hour of wine tasting at Paringa Estate Winery, The Mornington Peninsula Wine Region, Victoria, Australia

 

McCall and Paringa Estate Winery’s first award was at the Yarra Valley wine show where he took out gold for his 1990 Shiraz (Syrah).  Over the following years, numerous awards followed.  In 2007, the teacher who had no formal training in wine was awarded the Best Winery in Australia in the James Halliday Wine Companion.  McCall likens it to being chosen as captain of the Australian cricket team!  We thoroughly enjoyed his highly rated and excellent wines and bought a number of them for our “cellar” on the ship.  The Paringa Estate Chardonnay proved to be an excellent match with local Tasmanian lobster at dinner!

 

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Some of the French oak barrels aging last year’s vintage in the barrel room (where we had our tasting) at Paringa Estate Winery, The Mornington Peninsula Wine Region, Victoria, Australia

 

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The restaurant at Paringa Estate Winery, The Mornington Peninsula Wine Region, Victoria, Australia, and it’s great view of the estate vineyards

 

3 thoughts on “The Mornington Peninsula Wine Region (part I), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  1. Hi Rich and Robin, Didn’t realize they had that robust region of winemaking on the Mornington Peninsula. In the 50s(!!) our family rented a house on the the beach at Dromana on the Mornington Peninsula. We travelled by train from West Wyalong NSW – first train was from WW to Cootamundra and then another to Albury where we had to change trains as the rail gauges were different then, stayed the night. Next morning we took the train to Spencer Street station, changed for another out to Frankston to end of the line. From there we took a taxi out to Dromana and had a great beach holiday. My Mum and Dad were brave – 4 kids, suitcases and all that train travel. We did not have a car as we lived in small country town and walked or biked everywhere and for holidays took a train. Enjoying your photos and notes on this part of Oz. Thanks. J

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