Ok so I’m a little late in writing this post but I’ve been a busy lady! Over the Easter break we travelled down the Mornington Peninsula with a group of friends to celebrate a 30th birthday.
We stayed at an AirBNB for 3 nights which was really cute, clean and close to the beach. Most nights were spent relaxing, chatting, playing games and enjoying a few drinks.
Over the weekend whilst the boys went fishing, the girls ventured off to a local boutique winery called Karina Vineyard, located in the heart of Mornington Peninsula. Driving up to the gates gave us the feeling of instant relaxation. The location itself is just serene.
The whole experience was great! Helen, our host, put out a lovely spread of breads, dips, cheeses, olives, charcuterie… you name it, she had it. Chatting and enjoying the grazing platter was heaven itself and then Helen’s husband appeared with some bottles of fizz from the cellar. This peaked our attention, of course!
Karina Vineyard produce six varieties of red and white wines, plus newly launched ‘Buck Off’ ciders to try. Everything about the vineyard is linked to horses – as you will see from pictures above, they have a horse decorations in the driveway, a huge horse statue proudly positioned at the front of the vines and also on all wine and cider bottles. I’m not too sure what the significance is but it’s a real nice touch.
The hosts were soo lovely, extremely friendly and welcoming. It’s the kind of place where you feel like you’ve known someone for a long time and they make you feel instantly at home. The vineyard is pet-friendly so we also enjoyed a nice warm welcome from the furry friends. I understand this would put some people off going but we couldn’t resist how adorable they were. I can reassure you that everything was very clean and the dogs stayed well away from the food etc.
As well as private tastings they also do group tastings and picnics, which can all be booked in advance.
Karina Vineyard is such a lovely welcoming place to be. It’s not pretentious like some of the other places I have been to before and it’s also very affordable. Whilst the vineyard doesn’t have a website, you can check out their Facebook page. They also advertise their newly available 2 bed on-site apartment on Stayz.
I’d highly recommend a visit during summer months when the weather is nice. I’ll definitely be booking again in the future!
Have you travelled to Mornington Peninsula before? Where were your hidden gems?