The sun is out, the birds are singing and the wineries are brimming with greenery – what better way to welcome Spring than to get out and explore some kid friendly wineries. Spring on the Peninsula is a spectacular time to visit the wineries and see them in full bloom.  Here are my Top 5 kid friendly wineries on the Mornington Peninsula:

HICKINBOTHAM OF DROMANA

This laid back winery will quickly become a favourite with your kids. It’s best for a lazy, relaxed Sunday lunch where the kids can feed the animals, play in the cubby house and have a boogie with the band. The menu is full of home style favourites and has enough kids options to please even the fussiest of eaters.

Best bits & tips: For a more peaceful lunch, book a table a little way away from the band.

CRITTENDEN ESTATE

Overlooking the picturesque lake, you can try a few wines in their newly appointed tasting room or for special occasion dining check out the restaurant Stillwater at Crittenden. The kids will love exploring this winery and making use of the games provided on the spacious lawn adjacent to the restaurant. Football, cricket, soccer, boules – they’ve got you covered so sit back and enjoy while the kids wear themselves out!

Best bits & tips: Enjoy a stress free flight tasting – to make the most of your wine tasting experience the wine centre provide the kids with activity packs to keep boredom at bay.  You can also ask the staff at Stillwater for some bread to feed the ducks that flock to the lake.

GREEN OLIVE 

What’s not to love about this place? Starting with the farm fresh child friendly menu, Green Olive has a philosophy of “food for the heart and soul”. Whilst they don’t have a separate kids menu, the tapas style selection is a hit with the kids – lamb meatballs were a big winner for us! This winery is such a lovely place to explore: the kids can jump on the fully enclosed trampoline, check out the farm animals on site and discover the edible garden.

Best bits and tips: The Green Olive take bookings for lunch for 10 or more people so get a group of friends together and head there for a great day out. Also make sure you check out their Spring Lamb Love event on Sunday 4th October for kids face painting, farm games, farm tours and much more!

 

STONIER WINES

Bask in the sunshine and bring along your own picnic while you sample the exceptional wines from Stonier (you HAVE to try the sparking!). While there is no cafe or restaurant at the winery, it’s the perfect opportunity to pack a picnic and enjoy the outdoors. They do have cheese platters available to satisfy your afternoon cravings – just pop a few snacks in your bag for the kids and you’re all set for a fantastic afternoon.

Best bits and tips: Stonier staff are more than happy to give you an informal tour of the fermentation and barrel rooms – just ask! And if you’re feeling super adventurous why not take on the Red Hill Rail trail and make your way to the Red Hill Epicurean (just over an hours walk) for a well earned coffee.

YABBY LAKE VINEYARD 

Being so close to the freeway, this winery is pretty popular with city folk and it’s easy to see why. As soon as you step into this super stylish, newly renovated winery you are greeted with floor to ceiling windows bringing the vineyards right up to your table. This winery has the best of both worlds: great food and wine for mum & dad and enough stuff to keep the kids entertained. There are swings in full view of the restaurant and a lush lawn with interesting sculptures for the kids to run around and wear themselves out.

Best bits and tips: Make sure you check out the Pink Claw Rose that has been created by the founders of Yabby Lake to help raise awareness of breast cancer. Pink Claw has been used for fundraising events and campaigns and a portion of the profits of every bottle is donated to Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA).

Image by Green Olive