A weekend on the Mornington Peninsula

Every time I head down to the Mornington Peninsula I discover somewhere new to go and a weekend following the Wine Food Farmgate trail last month was no exception.  The trail showcases the best of the Mornington Peninsula from wineries to restaurants to producers.  

Lunch at Yabby Lake Vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula
Lunch at Yabby Lake Vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula

Wine Food Farmgate on the Bay
This year the trail also went offshore with a special Wine Food Farmgate on the bay cruise on the Searoad ferries for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival with a “floating market” with stalls from different producers, food trucks and music.  It’s a great concept but the timing of the cruise at night time meant that we didn’t really get to enjoy the views of the peninsula once we boarded.  An earlier sailing time would make all the difference to this event in future years. 

Getting ready to board the ferry for Wine Food Farmgate on the Bay


Peninsula Hot Springs
One of my favourite places in the area is the Peninsula Hot Springs.  The setting is stunning with the hot springs cascading down the hillside in the middle of the bush.  It’s so relaxing just sitting in the different springs and while the experience isn’t cheap it’s great for a treat.  

Mud options at Peninsula Hot Springs
Mud options at Peninsula Hot Springs

A new addition to the Peninsula Hot Springs is the option of mud therapy where you paint yourself with mud which is supposed to mineralise and nourish the skin. I’m a bit skeptical about this sort of thing but found it pretty fun getting all covered in mud and I have to admit my skin felt much softer afterwards. 

The beautiful setting at Peninsula Hot Springs

Yabby Lake
I finished off my weekend in the Mornington Peninsula with lunch at the beautiful Yabby Lake Vineyard.  The restaurant and cellar door is set looking out over rolling vines with lawn dotted with contemporary art sculptures.

Yabby Lake - sparkling with a view
Yabby Lake – sparkling with a view

I started with a glass of Yabby Lake’s Single Vineyard Cuvee Nina a creamy sparkling wine and an entree of local whiting fillets marinated in lime, coriander and parsley dotted with pine nuts ($18). 

Whiting fillets at Yabby Lake

I loved the delicate blue eye fillet on a bed of chickpeas and smokey chorizo, topped with herb crumbs for texture ($36).  Sweet pink slices of duck breast looked almost like a piece of art arranged with figs, hazelnuts and a lentil salad ($36).  

Duck breast with puy lentil salad at Yabby Lake
Duck breast with puy lentil salad at Yabby Lake

From the dessert menu the choc tops are just bought in so a better option is the creamy sheeps milk yoghurt pannacotta jumbled with figs, pistachio and pomegranate and topped with Persian fairy floss ($14). This dessert had a great mixture of textures and flavours with stunning presentation. Yabby Lake was the perfect place to end a weekend away on the Mornington Peninsula and has to be one of the highlights of the Wine Food Farmgate trail.

Yoghurt pannacotta at Yabby Lake
Yoghurt pannacotta at Yabby Lake

Gourmet Chick was a guest of Wine Food Farmgate.  

Gourmet Travel Tips

  • The Mornington Peninsula is just over an hours drive from Melbourne.
  • We stayed at the Blue Range Estate Villas read my review here

Details: Wine Food Farmgate on the Bay, 
Damage: $85 includes a glass of wine and plate of food. 

Details: Peninsula Hot Springs, Springs Lane, Fingal, Mornington Peninsula. 
Damage: From $35 entry.

Details: Yabby Lake Vineyard, 86/112 Tuerong Road, Tuerong (Ph 03 5974 3729)
Damage: Pricey
Yabby Lake Vineyard Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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