The Wonders of Red Hill
The Wonders of Red Hill
Red Hill is a small tight knit community located in the hinterland of the picturesque Mornington Peninsula. The views consist of scenic hills and native forests as well as a number of pleasant surprises among the mix. All throughout the area is a spectrum of orchards, vineyards and berry farms. The name Red Hill derives from the collection of words “rich red clay”.
At an altitude ranging from 30 to 400m and a soil compound comprising of volcanic to sedimentary the Mornington Peninsula is an ideal locality for growing grapevines. With its cool maritime climate, the region creates the most unique kind of wine in the world. Most of the vineyards offer the visitors an, opportunity to enjoy wine tastings and the prospect of fine dining. Furthermore, you can purchase local wines direct from the cellar door to enhance your overall experience.
What to do in Red Hill
Aside from tasting some of the most delicious wines in the world and enjoying the scenic views on offer, there are countless activities that you can partake in the region. Here are some of the activities that you can do in Red Hill.
One of the most famous landmarks in the vicinity is the Arthurs Seat State Park. The 314-metre summit can be accessed by foot or by road. The views are remarkable; teamed with the fresh breeze of the bay – your worries will most certainly drift away. On a clear day, you can also see the skyline of the city centre, the You Yangs and Mount Macedon.
You can also take a relatively short walk from the Arthurs Seat Summit and visit the Seawinds Garden. This garden is prevalent for the ever so famous William Ricketts sculptures and also the indigenous exotic gardens. The gardens are perfect for picnics and barbecue gatherings. There are walking tracks as well as disabled access on offer. The connection to the ancestral lands and waters are greatly appreciated and respected by all.
The Seawinds Garden can be adored all year long:
Winter: It is more visible to see the difference between the willow branches and the bare birch against the pine and cypress.
Spring: The trees and shrubs in the garden start to blossom and bring more colours to the surroundings.
Summer: The environment is much cooler compared to that of the adjacent coastal area.
Autumn: Showcases the gardens deciduous trees.
Gordon Studio Glassblowers are owned by prominent Australian glass artists Eileen Gordon and Grant Donaldson. Visitors to the studio will have a rare opportunity to witness the art of glassblowing firsthand. Guests are welcome to view and buy customised hand blown glass art works and they can attend workshops and learn how to create molten glass articles. It’s a different kind of experience and a lifetime opportunity to witness a master glass artisan produce an ancient art piece via the means of glassblowing.
Red Hill Rail Trail
If outdoor activities like walking and cycling are your thing, then the Red Hill Rail Trail is for you. It’s a great trail for a weekend visit or a day trip since you can enjoy spectacular views of the wineries, galleries, peaceful rural, sea views and beautiful beaches. Also at the bottom section of the Merricks, horse riders can enjoy a non-typical rail trail. Like so many other trails in the country, Red Hill Trail was built after a lengthy campaign initiated by the local folk. Today, it is privately owned; hopefully one day it will be open to the public once again.
Red Hill Wineries and Restaurants
Here are some of the most popular wineries and restaurants located in Red Hill:
Red Hill Estate was established in 1989; it is situated in a stunning property on the Mornington Peninsula. Their property is internationally recognised as “Cool Climate”. They are 5 star rated and a multi-awarded wine producer. They not only offer exceptional wines but also, superb panoramic views of Western Port Bay. For the past 25 years Red Hill Estate has produced the most excellent wines in the region. They create wines that are wonderfully textured, complex and elegantly stated. The wines they produce are exceptional; customers are able to enjoy wines based on their price and style consideration.
One of the most highly awarded wineries in the country, Paringa Estate Winery is best known for their Pinot Noir and Shiraz. The 10-hectare property is located at the heartland of the Mornington Peninsula wine region. The winery has a exceptional dining facility; namely the Paringa Estate Restaurant. The restaurant offers a delightful menu for lunch and dinner at a reasonable price. Prepare to relish an imaginative and colourful dining experience that intermingles perfectly with the wines on offer.
Bass and Flinders Distillery
Wayne Klintworth and Bob Laing founded Bass and Flinders Distillery in 2009. Even though the Mornington Peninsula was known as a wine region, these two businesspeople found no distilleries in the area. With the opportunity knocking on the door, these two entrepreneurial minded folk create an artisanal distillery for the production of quality grape spirits.
They produce high quality products such as vodka, gin, limoncello, crema de limoncello and grappa. Bass and Flinders Distillery products are handcrafted and distinctive. The distillery is located amongst the cold climate vineyards. They offer day tours and cellar doors tasting every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 5 pm.
Ten Minutes by Tractor products have been on the market for the past 30 years. Each of their wines has a distinctive character and a matchless charm. They understand the climatic and geographic influences that may occur within the region.
The goal of Ten Minutes by Tractor is to produce ultra-premium fruit and wines that reflect the unique characteristic of each of their vineyards. All their wines are manufactured from the grapes they grow, under their complete control and management. They have three sites that define their vineyards:
- Individual Vineyards (Single Vineyard Wines)
- Main Ridge (Estate Wines)
- Mornington Peninsula (10X Wines)
Red Hill is definitely well worth a visit. You will most certainly be impressed by the experience.
Image thanks to Stephan Ridgeway