Guidebook Wine country by the water

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Wine country by the water

To the east of the city, hugging Port Philip Bay, is the Mornington Peninsula, “loved for its combination of calm bay beaches, wild surf coast and rolling hinterland … and it’s one of Victoria’s leading wine regions …” says Taste. You could start at Crittenden Wine Centre, which is a cellar door with a difference, modelled on similar places in South Africa. “Basically, you taste wine at your own pace, sitting in a cafe-style setting,” explains Good Food, “pay for a wine flight ($8-$11, depending on which varietal you choose) and work your way through the information or chat to friendly staff. You get five 30ml wine tastings in beautiful glasses. There's a fire for cold days, a terrace for warm weather and a private room for groups.” Or you could take in one of Wine Compass' tailored wine tours with a group.

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