Winter just arrived and restrictions have been lifting slowly.
Businesses are wanting to get back in track and most of them are re-opening their doors to the public.
If you are looking for a country escape and taste some amazing wines of the Peninsula, these are our 5 wineries recomendation.
1. Yabby Lake
Yabby Lake Vineyard was established by the Kirby family in 1998, in Tuerong, which is located in the northern part of the peninsula. Over the past decade, the vineyard has built a reputation for single vineyard chardonnay and pinot noir of great purity and character.
Led by winemaker Tom Carson, Yabby Lake philosophy is to craft wines that speak of our site and the season in which they were grown. It’s the attention and care in the vineyard that is most critical to allowing this expression.
With the vision and dedication has lead to some exciting accolades in recent years, including the history-making Block 1 Pinot Noir – which was the first pinot noir ever to win the revered Jimmy Watson Trophy, after 52 years of the award.
3. Main Ridge Estate
Main Ridge Estate’s enviable reputation has been built on a 45 year heritage of producing benchmark Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, only from estate grown fruit, carefully crafted to express the season and the site.
Main Ridge Estate objective is to show you their wines in the best possible way – in a relaxing and beautiful setting, with good value casual dining, and warm personal service.
4. Paringa Estate
It’s no secret that the Paringa Estate vineyard, in the cool climate sub-region of Red Hill, is a very special site, with a unique microclimate.
North facing, on ten acres of rich, red, un-irrigated volcanic soil, it’s at an elevation of 140 meters. It curls around the slope like an amphitheater, sheltered and warm, protected from south and southwesterly winds.
The vineyard has a unique trellising system in a ‘U’ shape known as the ‘Lyre.’ The steel frame, which supports each vine, allows air to circulate, and sun to penetrate the canopy, which in a region with high disease pressure, helps produce high quality fruit.
5. Moorooduc Estate
All the wines are made on site in our rammed earth winery. From a very modest 20 tonne winery set up in 1987, we now have a more sophisticated facility with a small but high quality Bucher press and an excellent Vaslin – Bucher destemmer.
Since 2006 we have had the facility to chill fruit in a refrigerated shipping container which has been particularly beneficial with the warmer climate and earlier vintages we have been experiencing over recent years. In the winery, the emphasis is on gentle winemaking methods with some quality control where we believe this is important.