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Walking in winter may not be everyone's idea of fun but what if I said there were more winery stops than there were kilometres to travel? Well that's nearly true with 5 places to stop off along the 10 kilometre trail and another one to finish off at.
This walk is the second annual winter wine walk from Red Hill to Merricks with local vignerons and friends to celebrate the end of harvest and experience current vintage wines.
The walk this year will start at the Red Hill community reserve on Saturday 31st of May and will have two commencement times of 9am and 10am to pick up your walking program and head out onto the trail.
First stop on the program is about 2km down a purpose built trail to Red Hill Epicurean for sparkling wine & morning canapes, this is also the starting point to the Red Hill to Merricks Rail trail to which you will be walking along. Next stop will be wine tastings from Paringa Estate and Ten Minutes by Tractor with a sample of their food to match the wines prepared by their chefs. Both of these vineyards are adjacent to the walking trail.
Towards the end of the trail you will stop in at Stonier Wines and Merricks General Wine Store to sample a selection of their wines. From here a bus will be available from 12pm- 3pm to take you back to Red Hill Reserve to finish the day with a snack prepared by the Long Table in Red Hill.
Last year's walk was credited as being a huge success with 95 people taking part in a 7km walk from Red Hill to Merricks and this year's walk has been extended to 10km with two start times.
Bookings are essential and at $40 I think it's great value. To book your tickets or to find out more click here.
If you would like to read my full review on the Red Hill to Merricks Rail Trail click here. For anyone that has concerns about their fitness then you can rest assured that Red Hill to Merricks is flat to downhill apart from one short steep section no longer than 200 metres. The trail is wide, open and very scenic. Further down to Merricks it becomes a little rough where horses and mountain bikes have been, but all in all it's an easy trail that will be enjoyed by all.
For other great things to do on the Mornington Peninsula including the Peninsula Hot Springs, Enchanted Maze, Ashcombe Maze and other activities click here.