Published on 14th March 2017
by Linsey Rendell

Red Hill might appear a sleepy region, but scratch the surface and it becomes evident you’ll need several trips to do it justice.

The Red Hill area’s name comes from the rich red clay that’s been luring agriculturalists, graziers and vignerons to the region for the past 200 years. Red Hill used to be prominent dairy country. But in recent times farmers have switched cows for vines, and now cool-climate grapes such as pinot noir and chardonnay are a feature of the area’s real estate.

The region is also ripe with apple orchards, top-notch cafes, a fromagerie or two, and various small high quality, multi-purpose businesses.

Visually, Red Hill is stunning. Driving inland from Arthurs Seat through Red Hill and out towards Western Port Bay, the tree-lined roads dip through leafy valleys and open onto vast plains of farmland that extend all the way to the shimmering blue ocean.

Don’t forget to pack an Esky because there will be plenty of foodstuffs you’ll want to bring home. We hear Uber is a popular service in the hills, so there’s no need to debate over who gets to be the designated driver between cellar doors.

Welcome to Red Hill

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From walking tracks through native forest, to tree surfing and horse riding, Red Hill is rich with opportunities to interact with nature.

Itinerary

Autumn adventures in the hills

Make the most of the cooler autumn weather by exploring Red Hill’s vineyards and orchards. There’s plenty of farm-to-table fare and cool-climate wines, along with cheese and sweets.

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9am

Johnny Ripe

1 1016 Mornington-Flinders Road
Red Hill VIC
(03) 5989 6515
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Johnny Ripe

Start your day at this produce-driven bakery. The orchardist is also the baker here, so you know the apple pie is the real deal. Pack a sugary cronut or two for the road.

10am

Endeavour Fern Gully

195 Arthurs Seat Road
Red Hill VIC
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Endeavour Fern Gully

Before you become too enamoured with the region’s impressive liquid offerings, spend some time wandering the peninsula’s oldest patch of rainforest. It’s an easy two-kilometre track that winds past towering eucalyptus and lush native shrubs.

12pm

Montalto

33 Red Hill-Shoreham Road
Red Hill South VIC
(03) 5989 8412
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Montalto

There’s plenty to do at this beautiful vineyard. Start with tastings and progress to lunch in the restaurant before walking off your indulgences with a stroll through the sculpture garden.

2pm

Mock Cider

1103 Mornington-Flinders Road
Red Hill VIC
(03) 5989 2242
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Mock Cider

The Mocks have been growing apples since 1895. Cleanse your palate with a cider tasting, and pick up a four-pack and a couple of apples to enjoy later.

4pm

Red Hill Cheese

81 William Road
Red Hill VIC
(03) 5989 2035
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Red Hill Cheese

Jan and Trevor will make you feel right at home at this family-run fromagerie. Taste your way through the array of goat, sheep and cow milk cheeses, before picking favourites for the journey home.