More than just swirling and sipping, the second installment of Cumulus's City Cellar Door tour invites you to take a look behind the scenes at one of Australia's premier pinot noir regions.
Hosted by Cumulus Up’s head sommelier Chris Ryan, the Mornington Peninsula tour begins (and ends) at Cumulus, taking in three notable wineries along the way for an intimate look at the methods that go into producing your favourite drops. Tastings, transport and lunch are included in the $220 ticket price.
Wild-yeast fermentation and whole-bunch inclusion are fashionable in winemaking today, but Dr Richard McIntyre of the family-run Moorooduc Estate pioneered these techniques over two decades ago. You’ll be introduced to McIntyre and winemaker Jeremy Magyar as they go through the inner workings of Moorooduc's benchmark chardonnay and pinot noir.
All that drinking is hungry work. Midway through the day you’ll take a pitstop at a barrel hall for a long-table lunch. The relaxed sharing feast will feature Cumulus Inc’s signature slow-cooked lamb shoulder – and plentiful pours of peninsula vintages.
Next stop is Allies. Former chef and sommelier David Chapman was working at Moorooduc Estate when he began the winery in 2003. Its silky pinot noir is produced in limited batches and showcases the diversity of Mornington Peninsula townships. As well as the pinot itself, you'll also get to sample a product it goes into: Chapman's small-batch vermouth, Cinq à Sept.
Later at the Onannon cellar, you'll sip from barrels of wine made with varietals from Red Hill and Leongatha, while Chris introduces you to co-owners and accomplished winemakers Kaspar Hermann and Will Byron and their distinctive regional wines.