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Flinders Foreshore Tipple
Sunday March 12th is a day to pencil in as a very special event down on the Mornington Peninsula, the 2017 airing of the ever popular Peninsula Piers and Pinots wine tasting.
The rolling hills of the Mornington Peninsula are home to some of Victoria's great wineries. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
Now in its 16th year and traditionally held on the Sunday of the Labour Day long-weekend the event aims to present the Peninsula's outstanding full-flavoured Pinots alongside fine local food, live entertainment and the excitement of the annual Piers & Pinots Yacht Race.
Held on the Flinders foreshore tastings will take place between Midday and 3 PM with an estimated 20 Mornington Peninsula Pinot producers gathering to showcase their product.
Peninsula Piers and Pinots is a celebration of some outstanding Australian wines. Image: Stuart Miles - freedigitalphotos.net
Cost of entry is $35 per person and gets you a complimentary Riedel tasting glass, tasting notes and all wine tastings in that period. A range of vendors will be on hand providing picnic style food throughout the day.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.mpva.com.au until midday on Wednesday 9th March. The balance of tickets will be sold at the gate on the day but sales will be limited to a comfortable number on the day.
Dromana Estate is just one of 20 Mornington Peninsula wineries participating in Peninsula Piers and Pinots 2017. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
Those in the know will tell you that the Mornington Peninsula is a cool climate winegrowing region with a heavy maritime influence, conditions which lend themselves to the production of full-flavoured Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay.
Competing primarily with wines from the Yarra Valley and Macedon Ranges Mornington Peninsula Pinot's are undoubtedly some of the best in the State.
Whatever you do don't let the opportunity to sample some of this magnificent produce pass you by – make sure you get to the Flinders foreshore on Sunday March 12th.