In this summer series, we’re taking a quick snapshot of some wineries in regional Victoria that are worth exploring on long, hot days.
Merricks Creek Winery on the Mornington Peninsula, south-east of Melbourne, is a great starting point as it’s only one hour outside Melbourne.
It ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to low-key and relaxed visit on a summer’s day. The menu is a list of share plates, including pates and terrines, anchovies with baguette and beef carpaccio.
The family-run winery produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, as well as introducing some new releases – including the Jolly Molly Pinot Noir and the Wing It Wine Pinot Gris made by Sam Parker (the son of chief winemaker, Peter Parker).
The other incentive to get yourself here is that you can’t buy their wines anywhere but their Cellar Door, making it exclusive and focussed.