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Published May 27th 2010
The beautiful Mornington Peninsula, just over an hour's drive from Melbourne, provides endless opportunities to sip, sup and savour world-class food, wine and culinary experiences.
In fact, between orchards, vineyards, olive groves, farm-gate produce, cafes, restaurants, gourmet kitchens, and markets brimming with artisan wares, there's so much to explore and enjoy, there's a whole website dedicated it. Get ready to tantalise the tastebuds and check out MP Gourmet here.
While you can take a guided tour (I've previously done one with Epicurean Tours, who were great) you can also do a self-drive tour at your own leisure.
You can read more about the region's food trail here and design the day in a way that suits your desire and budget.
Check out this fabulous gourmet food map, complete with descriptions of the delights on offer and 37, yes 37, possible stops. While that's simply not possible in a day, you can simply select from the destinations that grab you.
I do suggest some planning before you go, or you can waste precious time mucking about when you could be indulging.
Then again, if you can swing it, take a few days' break and fill it with this three-day tour.
Then there's the Merricks General Store, which simply re-defines the concept of a general store, and Red Hill Cheese, a true cottage industry set amidst secluded bushland and producing award-winning, artisan farmhouse cheese from organic cow and goat milk. The Coolart Soft is heavenly.