A Tour for Food & Wine Lovers 

Price: From $250pp.  Your private wine tour begins with a regional feast followed by wine tastings and a five-star restaurant lunch. Then we visit the finest wineries in the comfort of our Mercedes Benz Viano. Your tour includes a door-to-door service.

The Food & Wine Lovers tour is an adventure-filled day that includes tasting wines from the region's finest producers. Arthur's wife, Geraldine McFaul is President of the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons' Association and the celebrated winemaker at Willow CreekElgee Park, and Baillieu Vineyard.  Her sparkling wine (rated 95 points in Halliday) is served at a morning picnic before lunch at a top local restaurant. Throughout the day, we visit the region's premium cellar doors who offer warm welcomes and stories from past vintages.

Arthur is a well-connected local, passionate about the Mornington Peninsula's food and wine scene. He greets you at your preferred location and always has delicious fresh local strawberries onboard to calibrate your palate for the Pinot Noirs ahead.  Arthur has the knowledge and contacts to provide memorable experiences across this stunning region.

 

Grand Cru Vineyards Tour

Price: From $250pp. A totally private tour that explores the wines of the region made by the pioneer winemakers. This tour offers a day of great history, great wines and great fun.

Our signature tour visits the region’s first vineyard, Elgee Park planted in 1972.  We tour the property including the sculpture collection before a seaside gourmet picnic with local cheese, olives, bread and Willow Creek Sparkling wine.  We then visit the pioneers of the region: Stonier and Elgee Park in Merricks and the great domaines of Paringa Estate and Main Ridge Estate.  Between wineries, we enjoy a two-course regionally inspired lunch then visit Moorooduc Estate for wild yeast fermented wines before we end the day tasting Geraldine McFaul’s highly-regarded wines at Rare Hare Restaurant located at Jackalope Hotel which overlooks the picturesque Willow Creek vineyard.

Tour in a luxurious Mercedes Benz, enjoy a morning feast with sparkling wine overlooking Western Port Bay, exclusive access and special wine deals.  


Future Directions in Wine and Food Tour

Price: From $250pp.  A totally private tour that shines a spotlight on cutting-edge food and modern winemaking styles that producegreat flavours of the region and award winning wines.

We visit the restless, creative, and driven winemakers who push the boundaries with varieties and style.  We start our journey at Eldridge Estate where David Lloyd’s Gamay and clonal Pinot Noir are two of the more interesting wines in the region. Up the road, Foxey’s Hangout is where they fuse modern flavours on the grill with a great range of tasty wines. Willow Creek Vineyard is home to Geraldine McFaul’s elegant white wines that engage perfectly with the cuisine of the Rare Hare restaurant.  After lunch, Yabby Lake is where we taste Tom Carson’s awesome Pinot Noir.  We finish the day at Crittenden Estate tasting the expansive range of Rollo Crittenden’s wines with varieties not found anywhere else in the region. 

Tour in a luxurious Mercedes Benz, enjoy a morning feast with sparkling wine overlooking Western Port Bay, exclusive access and special wine deals.  


Organics and Biodynamic Wine / Produce Tour

Price: From $250pp. A private wine tour that teaches you all about organic and biodynamic viticulture and winemaking.  Learn why vineyard stewardship is the future of fine wine in Australia

We visit wineries and farmgate producers who live and breathe organic farming and biodynamic viticulture.  We begin the day with a soak in the Peninsula Hot Springs before enjoying organic cheese while visiting Ocean Eight winery who use a range of organic techniques.  A luncheon banquet includes regionally inspired modern cuisine matched to local wines.  Afterwards, we visit Prancing Horse Estate, the biodynamic pioneers of the region with a cellar door featuring views over farmland to Western Port Bay. The day ends in nearby Main Ridge Dairy tasting organic cheese before a cleansing cider at the 100% certified organic Mocks Orchard.  

Tour in a luxurious Mercedes Benz, enjoy a morning feast with sparkling wine overlooking Western Port Bay, exclusive access and special wine deals.  

 

Giants of Art and Wine Tour

Price: From $250pp.  A private wine tour that includes a fascinating narrative about the many sculpture collections in the region that have secured the Peninsula's reputation as the outdoor art capital of Australia 

This is not your typical gallery experience as this tour breathes fresh air into a living art studio fuelled by nature, wine, and people. The Mornington Peninsula has become an outdoor sculpture Mecca since Baillieu Myer AC and Dame Elizabeth Murdoch AC DBE laid down an ambitious plan to create Australia’s premier Sculpture Park. Their vision surrounds us on a visit to McClelland Sculpture Park before we venture south to enjoy a tasting and tour of Point Leo Estate  and wander about the outstanding sculpture collection by some of the world’s most iconic artists. The sea is the backdrop here and at Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove where we tour the wines, the grounds with sculptures and then lunch. We then head into the hills to watch artists at work at Gordon Studio Glassblowers before visiting wineries and finishing with an intimate tour and tasting of  Arthur's wife's award winning wines at Willow Creek Vineyard part of the extraordinary Jackalope Hotel.

Tour in a luxurious Mercedes Benz, enjoy a morning feast with sparkling wine overlooking Western Port Bay, exclusive access and special wine deals.


Red Hill Walking Trail and Wine Tour

Price: From $250pp.  A private wine tour that allows you to stretch your legs and earn a wine tasting by walking some of the most picturesque trails in the area. A truly fascinating taste of terroir experience. 

Our day begins with a bowl of fresh strawberries to calibrate the palate for the region’s best Pinot Noirs.  We arrive in Red Hill South for a picnic in Endeavour Fern Gully, one of the last tracts of rain forest on the Mornington Peninsula. Afterwards we set off for a 6.5km walk from Red Hill to Merricks. We follow the original Red Hill railway line (built in 1915) visiting the beautiful Allies vineyard featuring Bass Strait as a backdrop. We finish the walk with a tasting at Stonier and then it's onto the rustic charm of the Merricks General Wine Store for a delicious two-course lunch. Afterwards, we visit Merricks Estate to see the wines of George Kefford and the native bush and wetlands lovingly restored by his daughter, Estelle. We then head to Somers for a wander through the tranquil Coolart Estate, featuring the best wetlands and bird watching in the Western Port catchment.

Tour in a luxurious Mercedes Benz Viano, enjoy morning tea at the Red Hill Epicurean Centre, exclusive access, special wine deals. 

 

Jackalope Regional Adventures

Price: From $200pp.  Half-day and full-day tours that introduce Jackalope guests to the best wine and regional fare while touring in a luxurious Mercedes Benz Viano.  Melbourne Airport transfers available

Alchemy is the theme that fuses the design narrative throughout the Jackalope Hotel, winner of the prestigious 2017 Australian Gourmet Traveller Hotel of the Year award. Beyond the hotel walls, alchemy serves as a metaphor in the Peninsula wineries where winemakers are half chemist, half alchemist making wines that offer sublime drinking pleasure.

Tour-guide, Arthur O’Bryan takes Jackalope guests on a search for the richness and textural wealth of great wine in cellar doors and barrel rooms across the region. Each tour is designed to introduce guests to the region’s best vineyards, winemakers, and producers. A beyond-the-cellar-door experience includes conversations with wine people who provide insight into the region's fascinating wine journey.

 If you are flying into Melbourne, Arthur can arrange your airport pick-up with a seamless transfer to the Jackalope Hotel so that in the morning, you will wake up in sight of the Willow Creek Vineyard, refreshed for the day’s adventure.