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Tucked into the Mornington Peninsula hinterland, Red Hill and Main Ridge comprise a compact micro region that sustains sumptuous vineyards, restaurants, food stores, artisan producers and orchards.

Criss-crossing through Red Hill's gum tree-lined lanes and gentle rolling hillsides laced with vines and olive groves leads to encounters with local winemakers and food producers extolling the virtues of farm-to-table dining. Making a meal from the region's bounty is easy, thanks to locally made cheeses, beer, bread and an abundance of freshly picked vegetables and fruit. Pick your own strawberries from Sunny Ridge Strawberry farm and pluck cherries at roadside farms. The monthly Red Hill Market is famous for its tantalising range of high quality local produce.

Cellar doors are clustered together and winemakers work wonders with their patches of terroir. Travel between cellar doors and compare pinot noir, pinot gris and chardonnay, the regional specialties. A shuttle service or personalised wine tours are easy ways to tour wineries and their cellar door restaurants that showcase the superb local produce alongside the wines.

Several festivals held throughout the year exhibit the culinary richness of the region. The June Winter Wine Weekend keeps the cold at bay, and the International Cool Climate Wine Show in May puts the region on the world stage. The Hinterland Scarecrow Festival in spring creates a trail of colourful characters.

The rolling hills and valleys are home to a scattering of small galleries and workshops featuring impressive collections and regular exhibitions.

Red Hill is approximately 85 kilometres from Melbourne, or one hour and ten minutes by car along the M! and Eastlink tollway.

Main Ridge: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Red Hill Cherry Farm


Pick your own sweet and morello cherries at Red Hill Cherry Farm.

With 46 years of pick your own cherries, Red Hill Cherry Farm is the oldest in the state and are considered an essential visit when on the Mornington Peninsula. You can visit the cherry farm from mid to late November to early to mid January each year.

Situated in a secluded valley in the centre of Red Hill, the cherry farm is the oldest in the state and has been continually been operated by the Holmes family since 1969. There are twenty five varieties of cherries on 4,500 trees.

The farm also offers a boutique range of cherry products for you to enjoy cherries all year round including cherry ice cream, cherry cordial, cherry beer, cherry cider and cherry port.

There is something for everyone at Red Hill Cherry Farm.




69 Prossors Lane
Red Hill, VIC, 3937

Located 1.2K from Main Ridge

Mock Red Hill


In 1895 the Mock Family planted their first Orchard just outside Melbourne. Five generations later, they continue to grow apples in the picturesque hinterland of Red Hill at Mock Red Hill. Today they invite you to visit the Orchard to sample a delicious range of certified Bio-Dynamic products, including apple cider, juices and freeze-dried fruits.

The most recent addition to Mock Red Hill is their Cider Lounge, a unique cellar door space offering sensory tasting experiences within an original wooden cool store, built on the orchard in 1945. After enjoying a tasting, kick back and relax with a cold cider and cheese plate, made from locally grown produce, cheeses and of course their very own dried fruit range. Organic tea, coffee, hot chocolate and apple treats available from the cafe.

Before you head off, Purchase a selection of your preferred goodies and take the experience home with you.

Licensed Cider Lounge and cafe open daily from 10am for tastings and sales.




1103 Mornington-Flinders Road
Red Hill, VIC, 3937

Located 1.4K from Main Ridge

Red Hill Spa


Renew, revitalize and relax at Red Hill Spa, the day spa at the heart of the Mornington Peninsula!

Red Hill Spa is a tranquil oasis where you can harmonise all aspects of your body. A space where you can rest and refresh your mind, pamper and rejuvenate your body, awaken your senses and expand your spirit.

The luxurious environment includes single and double treatment rooms, a unique wet room with a handcrafted treatment bed, geisha tub and garden bungalow. They can be sure to cater for any individual or groups need.

Their wholistic approach to relaxation and pampering is shown in the comprehensive menu providing treatments utilizing the finest organic products for facials, massages, body treatments, spa soaks, beauty services, Ayurvedic signature treatments, and spa rituals. The therapists with their gift of touch can take you out of this world and allow your spirit to soar with the angels.

Come and let the healing energy that is embracing this spiritually charged region wash over you, combined with their assistance in generating your own health and balance, allowing a transformation of self.




1012 Mornington-Flinders Road
Red Hill, VIC, 3937

Located 1.6K from Main Ridge

endota day spa Red Hill


Organic spa treatments, fabulous facials and spa packages for an hour or an entire day are available at endota day spa Red Hill.

A sublime Mornington Peninsula retreat for visitors and locals looking for all the style of a modern eco oasis, with all the services of both a spa and a beauty salon.

Popular with groups, couples or anyone looking for a little time for themselves where you can switch off and leave the busyness at the door.

Gift vouchers and packages with local wineries, restaurants and cafes available.




159 Shoreham Road,
Shop 6-8
Red Hill, VIC, 3937

Located 1.6K from Main Ridge

Crittenden Estate


The Crittenden Wine Centre introduces a new way of experiencing wine on the Mornington Peninsula. A range of alternative and traditional wines can be sampled in a format that is unique, innovative and makes tasting wine an experience in itself.

Knowledgeable staff greet patrons and guide them through carefully designed wine flights to allow them to gain a full understanding of the wines. Comfortable seating ensures that guests are able to concentrate on the experience yet relax in ambient surroundings with views over the lawn, lake and some of the Peninsula's oldest vines.

It is a genuine family operation, with father and founder Garry Crittenden now overseeing the vineyard, son Rollo the winemaking and daughter Zoe the marketing. The wine tasting experience occurs in the large home where the Crittenden family once lived; recently renovated and converted to the stylish, purpose built wine centre.

The large range of wines reflect Rollo's passion for traditional varietals as well as his inability to resist the temptation to experiment in the winery. This means that the wine tasting experience is informative and educational. Imperatively though, it is fun and like anything to do with wine, best enjoyed with friends and family.




25 Harrisons Road,
Harrisons
Dromana, VIC, 3936

Located 4.0K from Main Ridge

Main Ridge: Events

Winter Wine Weekend


Winter Wine Weekend is held during the Queens Birthday long weekend in June every year. The opening event is the Winter Wine Festival - an exhibition and tasting which traditionally marks the beginning of the extensive Winter Wine Weekend program.

One place, on one day. All undercover, where you can taste more than 200 premium wines from around 50 wineries.

Tickets include all tastings, Riedel wine glass, tasting book which includes all wines on exhibition and two entree size dishes.


Event Dates
2017
      10th Jun
      11th Jun
      12th Jun


180 Arthurs Seat Road
Red Hill South, VIC, 3937

Located 0.1K from Main Ridge

Red Hill Community Market


Red Hill is where it all started for Craft Markets Australia over 40 years ago. From a handful of stalls in 1975, this market is now one of the most popular in Victoria with over 300 stalls all selling home made, hand crafted products and fresh, home grown produce.

Soak in the exceptional atmosphere and regenerate your senses at this delightful market. On the first Saturday of the month from September through to May

A proven feast for the mind, body and soul. Explore the fascinating mix of textures, materials and colours on display. Meet the maker behind each of the individually designed products.

Well worth the trip, Red Hill Community Market is easily accessible from the Peninusla Link Freeway.


Event Dates
2016
      1st Oct
      5th Nov
      3rd Dec
2017
      7th Jan
      4th Feb
      4th Mar
      1st Apr
      6th May


Arthurs Seat Road
Red Hill South, VIC, 3937

Located 0.7K from Main Ridge

Mornington Peninsula Winery Walk


Mornington Peninsula Winery Walk takes participants alongside local vignerons and friends to celebrate the end of harvest and experience current vintage wines.

Taste a variety of wines along the way complemented by a fine selection of food from Red Hill, to Merricks. A beautiful meandering historical rail track provides the perfect way.

The group will proceed to amble along a purpose built walking track to Red Hill South. After stopping at Red Hill, you will walk along a beautiful historic rail trail to a private vineyard to meet winemakers showcasing a range of their wines and then down to Stonier and Merricks General Wine Store in Merricks.

Join local vignerons to celebrate the end of the 2016 harvest from Red Hill to Merricks; around ten kilometres.





Event Dates
2017
      6th May


Red Hill
Red Hill South, VIC, 3937

Located 1.6K from Main Ridge

Australian Exclusive - Swig and Nibble


Internationally acclaimed Cuca Restaurant of Bali, will present an Australian exclusive event at Polperro Bistro this October. Reaching Australian shores for the first time, Michelin trained chef Kevin Cherkas has teamed up with winemaker Sam Coverdale to present the Australian debut of Cuca's unique dining experience Swig and Nibble at the popular vineyard facing venue on the Mornington Peninsula.

Swig and Nibble is one of the most unique and memorable dining events, hosted only in the most iconic venues. The event has travelled throughout Asia in Shangri-la Makati in Manila, Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Ubud and Pullman Rooftop Bar in Jakarta. This will be the first time that the event has ever been held outside South East Asia.

Swig and Nibble will take diners on a flavour- centric journey, presenting nine uniquely crafted signature bites, inventively presented and paired with Sam's Polperro and Even Keel wines. Leading the culinary feast will be award-winning Chef and CUCA co-creator, Canadian-born Kevin Cherkas, whose super-impressive culinary resume reveals stints at three Michelin-starred restaurants in New York and Spain, including legendary El Bulli.


Event Dates
2016
      7th Oct
      7th Oct
      8th Oct
      8th Oct
      9th Oct
      9th Oct


150 Red Hill Road,
Red Hill Road
Red Hill, VIC, 3937

Located 2.3K from Main Ridge

Mornington Peninsula Hinterland Scarecrow Festival Trail


A fun free day out through the Mornington Peninsula hinterland just an hour south east of Melbourne - grab a car load of family or friends and follow the Scarecrow Touring Trail.

Admire the 'Aussie icon' themed or traditional scarecrows that have become a unique community art form.

Vote for your favourite or play the 'Spot the Scarecrow' interactive game online.

There are great prizes to be won. Trail map and details online.


Event Dates
2016
      27th Sep
      28th Sep
      29th Sep
      30th Sep
      1st Oct
      2nd Oct
      3rd Oct


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Red Hill, VIC, 3937

Located 2.3K from Main Ridge

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