Working as a first class flight attendant I am always very proud when we serve wine from my home region of the Mornington Peninsula. I am very patriotic of my home and love telling my passengers from all over the world how beautiful ‘the Peninsula’ is, with National Geographic naming it in their 2015 Top 20 Best Trips of the world. When I’m not working or travelling, I love nothing more than spending a day at a local winery with my husband and children. I am so grateful to call it my home and would like to share with you my TOP 5 Family Friendly Mornington Peninsula Wineries (in no particular order).
Green Olive is fantastic! There is an in-ground trampoline that my children love. The all day tapas menu is perfect for family dining, you can share and enjoy food together. I love that the owner Greg comes and has a chat with you. The resident dog is very friendly, likes a pat and is quick to pick up scraps under the table. You won’t be picking up after your children here. It’s a beautiful place to sit amongst overflowing vegetable patches and enjoy the day. When it’s busy here, I have taken a picnic blanket and sat on the lawn. So relaxing.
From the childrens sandpit you can see spectacular views, however no glassware is allowed in this area, so you will have to leave your vino back at your table if you are out here supervising younger children. For older children you can just sit back and relax. You will find a delicious menu and wine tasting is a must here.
This is my most recent discovery. Driving down the long driveway you instantly relax. I love this place because it has swings for our children that keep them occupied whilst we can enjoy their award winning wines. Recent renovations make it more spacious. Being one of the first wineries off the new Peninsula Link it can get busy, so be sure to book in advance if you plan to dine.
Set inside a semi-refurbished horse stable, Box Stallion offers some unique options from a private ‘stall’ for parties of around six to eight, or the live music on weekends, both of which sets a great atmosphere. My kids always dance and sing along, or they play with the box of toys on offer. The owner is very passionate and informative, so I recommend a wine tasting to help guide you through the wide selection.
We have spent many days in the sunshine at Montalto’s Piazza laughing and enjoying family time. There are wooden tables in amongst a tuscan styled garden. Children can run and play on the lawn. The pinot and olives are delicious as are the wood fired pizzas, the olive oil on tasting is my favourite. After lunch we always go for a relaxing walk, taking in the breathtaking views and admiring the many stunning art installations. Note: Montalto Piazza will be closing for renovations on August 1st 2015 and reopening in time for summer.
I have just touched on a few of my favourites here. I hope this gives you a good starting point to enjoy family friendly Mornington Peninsula wineries.
This post is not sponsored. All writings are based on my own experiences with my family. Featured image from Montalto and slider images from Green Olive.