Cameron's photographic exhibition Penguin Bloom is essentially a love story and a tribute to family. 'Watching my wife suffer such a huge loss was unbearable but I knew that there were always better days ahead. Finding and caring for Penguin proved this to be true'.
Wow is the three letter word that we believe would be spoken every time a guest steps out of their car and breathes in the view at Blue Range Estate. It is indeed unexpected, a delightful surprise, and breath-taking.
Trofeo Estate is situated on the iconic Harrisons Road precinct of Dromana - in the 1930’s it was a passionfruit plantation - it is one of the Peninsula’s oldest vineyards but newest wineries. From the moment you enter the property, with it’s oak lined driveway, you’re surrounded by vines & beautiful rural views. Its peaceful location is a world away from the hustle & bustle of Dromana’s main strip.
There’s a buzz in the air on Mornington Peninsula, and it comes in the form of a contemporary cutting edge designer hotel, formal restaurant, smart bar, casual dining experience and cellar door. The name is Jackalope – and it’s the new home of Willow Creek Vineyard Wines.
“Wow!” The three letter word that Jo and Cosi Melone hear every time a guest steps out of their car and breathes in the view. It is indeed unexpected, a delightful surprise, and breathtaking. Set on a hidden hill that rises over the back of Rosebud and is sheltered by Waterfall Gully, the Blue Range Estate’s view is expansive. Stretching from Western Port Bay and Bass Strait across the Portsea Peninsula and into Port Phillip Bay, the view is unique, and extraordinary.
In 1985, owner and winemaker Lindsay McCall established Paringa Estate winery on 10 ‘home’ acres of derelict orchard in Paringa Road, Red Hill South, which he planted with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Pinot Gris.
“It’s Cate Blanchett in a bottle, all at once elegant and ephemeral, yet exuding dignity, strength and grace,” is how Bruce describes Paringa Estate Chardonnay. Whatever your wine preferences, or level of knowledge, the Paringa cellar door staff; Bruce, Lou, Eliza & Marie, will ensure your tasting experience at Paringa is both fun and educational.
The first of two preview dinners commences in collaboration with Mornington Peninsula Brewery and Commonfolk Coffee. Highlights include five rounds of brews and chews, with dishes like snapper crudo, wood roasted prawns, and lamb shoulder, all served with select MP hops.
The opening event of the weekend is the Winter Wine Fest (Saturday only 11am - 4pm), held at the Red Hill Showground is an exhibition and tasting which traditionally marks the beginning of the extensive Winter Wine Weekend program. One place on one day all under cover where you can taste more than 200 premium wines from 47 wineries.
A hop from the Peninsula's anticipated luxury hotel, Jackalope, Willow Creek's spiritual home will reopen on 01 March, completely reimagined as Rare Hare Wine & Food Store. With indoor and outdoor tables for 90 tails, Rare Hare is a restaurant, wine bar and produce store - destination dining, with a devil-may-care air.
It’s the minimalist yet luxurious Scandinavian style that makes Nord House feel so right. Every single detail is carefully thought through - the textures, the light, the scents – all creating a harmony that inspires the mind and relaxes the soul. Once you arrive at the property which is just off the main strip of Red Hill, you can easily leave the car alone and walk to nearby restaurants and cafes (The Red Hill Cellar & Pantry, The Long table, The Epicurean and Red Hill House are all a comfortable walk away).
In 1924, Merricks General Wine Store (MGWS) opened, to serve a variety of needs to the local community. To this day, the well-preserved building offers a glimpse into the past as a typical example of the rural general stores that were once a central hub of community life.