Victoria – Mornington Peninsula – get your Membership back and more in one short break
By Sara Schwarz
Wanting a short break out of Melbourne, and to enjoy some special experiences? Don't want to break the budget? Then hop in the car, pack your VisitVineyards.com Membership cards and head to the Mornington Peninsula for a weekend of wine and food exploration, and save at these locations when you visit:
Stop one: exclusive rates
Begin your short break by checking into your new home away from home, the Balnarring Motor Inn. This hidden gem is tucked away on the western side of the Peninsula and only minutes from beaches, cafes, historic pubs, wineries, shops and more. Best of all, special rates apply for VisitVineyards.com Members »
Stop two: a gift (voucher) for you
For your evening dining experience, just 15 minutes away in the heart of Red Hill, you'll find yourself at the recently revamped and always enticing Long Table Bar and Dining Room. Start your evening with a glass of wine in the cosy bar before moving into the acclaimed restaurant space. Remind the staff of your VisitVineyards.com Membership when booking and you'll receive a $25 gift voucher towards your next dining experience - don't worry, the food and service are great - you will return »
Stop three: aromatic samplers
Next morning, head down to the local markets; your nose will lead you to Angela Pnini's Aromatic Spices, where you will receive two complimentary sample packs of your choice of her terrific spice mixes with any purchase »
Stop four: pates or terrines?
Also at the markets, go early and search out Michael's Classic Pates and Terrines before they sell out. Purchase over $30 worth of these extremely tempting pates or terrines and you'll receive two complimentary tubs of pate to add to your enjoyment »
Stop five: fresh farmhouse cheese
Tucked away in a nearby industrial estate in Mornington, you'll find the home of Blue Bay Cheese, where Andriy Kogurt and family produce an assortment of traditional farmhouse cheeses.
Now so popular that they've opened an outlet in Frankston, get in quick as these cheeses are fantastic quality and exceptionally well priced. Here you can source a range of other deli products also including many Eastern European specialities. Best of all, VIsitVineyards.com Members you'll enjoy a 10 per cent discount and a warm welcome from Andriy »
Stop six: raspberry wine
Now, that you're well fed, it's high time for some wine tasting. Head 10 minutes west to Moorooduc and B'Darra Estate where not only can you taste their wine selection for free but you'll receive an exclusive 10 per cent discount when you purchase any of their wines, including their trophy winning and very yummy raspberry dessert wine »
Stop seven: ultimate baker's dozen
Stop eight: a gourmet delight
For lunch perhaps and with such amazing views all around you, arrange to collect an exclusive gourmet picnic hamper from Red Hill Cellars (book 48 hours in advance).
With your goodies in hand, we recommend you head along the rugged coastline of the Peninsula's back beaches or any number of other picturesque locations, sit back and take it all in as you make your way through the gourmet delicacies and wine lovingly prepared for you »
Stop nine: flights of fancy
Saturday evening, saving your Long Table voucher for your next visit, both the award winning Montalto winery restaurant and Vines of Red Hill, both in Red Hill, offer Members complimentary wine flights with your meal. What better way to spend an evening than relaxing with fine food and complimentary regional wine, reflecting upon your day? Bliss »
Stop ten: cellar door savings
After a lazy start on Sunday, you should be feeling refreshed and ready to visit another winery or two.
Head first to the picturesque Willow Creek, only five minutes drive from your motel and one of the prettiest wineries around. After tasting your way through their range, you might be tempted to purchase a case of Tulum wine. If so, as Members you'll receive a 10 per cent discount and complimentary bottle of the elegant Tulum Cabernet Sauvignon »
Stop eleven: hand crafted goblet
An easy drive away, you will find some of Australia's most talented glass artists, Eileen Gordon and Grant Donaldson of Gordon Studio Glassblowers in Red Hill South.
Their work is showcased across the globe and here you have the opportunity to see them in action with a viewing platform down to the glass studio below. Members, spend over $500 (you will be tempted!) and receive a hand crafted glass wine goblet like no other valued at over $70 »
Stop twelve: 15 per cent
A long lazy lunch is probably calling by now. We highly recommend Stillwater at Crittendens in Dromana, run by generous hosts Zac and Jacqui Poulier. Here Members are offered a 15 per cent discount on all wine purchases at the Crittenden Wines cellar door and a generous 15 per cent off your total restaurant bill also »
What better way to finish your Members' Only Mornington Peninsula short break?
Not a Member yet? As a VisitVineyards.com Member you’ll enjoy 12 months access to over 200 exclusive benefits and experiences at wineries, restaurants, accommodation providers and more in regions across Australia and beyond. For $49 per single and $69 per couple, a VisitVineyards.com Membership is the best investment you’ll make all year »
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