Tips to Having an Amazing Red Hill Winery Tour

If you love fine wine, exploring various attractions in one of the most beautiful places in Victoria, then the Red Hill in the Mornington Peninsula is the perfect place for you. Great Private Tours offers fantastic tours dedicated to ensuring that you visit one of the unique regions in Victoria.  In this article, we outline some amazing tips for a memorable Red Hill Winery Tour in the beautiful Mornington Peninsula.

You’ll get to visit the most breathtaking locations with expansive views overlooking Port Phillip Bay, have the best dining experiences, and take part in the most memorable winery tours. You’ll get the opportunity to lay back, relax, and enjoy the tranquility that Red Hill has to offer. Read on to find out more.

About the Red Hill region

A single hour’s drive from Melbourne, you’ll find the beautiful region of Red Hill, in the Mornington Peninsula. Often, there is something special about small towns, and Red Hill is no different. It’s the perfect location to go after surfing the waves and strolling along the beautiful sandy beaches. However, that’s not all.

The town is also known for some of the best award-winning vineyards, cherry farms, distilleries, and breweries. It’s also known to have top-tier restaurants that provide unique dining experiences and various attractions that are sure to blow your mind.

Red Hill winery tour: Top wineries to visit in the region

Red Hill is a small rural community that has a serious food and wine indulgence tradition. The region has lots of exciting vineyards, breweries, and distilleries that offer unique but varying experiences.

Since the 1970s, Red Hill residents have taken advantage of the microclimate to farm cool-climate grapes like chardonnay and pinot noir. You could visit the farms and get the chance to enjoy boutique cellar door wine experiences. The hard part about these trips is narrowing down the best Red Hill wineries to visit.

Don’t worry, though. We’ve got your next Red Hill winery tour covered.

Montalto Estate

Simon Black, who’s approaching his 12th vintage at Montalto, understands best how to vinify and capture each vineyard’s best qualities and potential. He translates this to some of the best wines you could ever taste in Red Hill, Victoria. Black is driven by the search for wine perfection, and he’ll stop at nothing until he’s got and utilized the opportunities to make truly great wine. 

He makes genuinely unique wines from five different vineyards in the Mornington Peninsula, and you could get the chance to buy yourself a bottle or participate in wine tasting.

Pt Leo Estate

Pt Leo Estate is a 50 million-dollar investment that includes a sculpture park overlooking the western port bay, restaurants, and a great cellar door space. Pt. Leo boasts two chefs hatted restaurants with stunning views Pt Leo Restaurant (1 Chefs Hatted) and Laura (2 Chefs Hatted).

The Pt Leo Estate was a private retreat and winery owned by the Gandel family for over two decades then they opened their doors to the public and have created a destination venue with outstanding food and wine. You could take advantage of this opportunity and enjoy the best wine tasting and dining experience ever. Make sure you also reserve some time to take a stroll on a self-guided tour through the sculpture walk with a glass of wine, while you take in the beautiful environment. You’ll have a blast!

Laura @ Pt. Leo Estate

Laura offers an unhurried dining experience that elevates the simple luxuries of space, time, comfort, and attention. Laura was awarded the best regional restaurant in 2020 and focuses on quality ingredients and ensures that each dish selected pairs seamlessly with the perfect wine. This ensures that you have the ideal experience that’s beautiful and authentic as the surroundings.


If you want something more casual and relaxed, then Tucks may be the place you’re looking for to throw your feet back and relax with your friends. Tucks allow you to taste a little of everything. You could bask in beautiful views or indulge in a wine-tasting adventure while you observe Red Hill’s rolling hills from the terrace.

Tucks is a recent redevelopment of team Montalto (they also happen to be their next-door neighbors.) It provides an alternate location for wine lovers to visit and enjoy their renowned Chardonnay or Pinot noir. You’ll get a menu of full share plates and platters that’ll create the perfect experience for your nearest and dearest.

Top restaurants and dining experiences in the region

Paringa Estate

Paringa Estate’s sleek revamp of the dining room and cellar door has placed this vineyard at the top of the game. The hotel’s chef, Julian, serves some unique dishes in an intimate setting with views overlooking the vineyard.

This Chefs Hatted restaurant menu includes creatively composed, French-accented dishes like duck leg baklava, Aylesbury duck breast, and blush-pink quince that pairs flawlessly with Paringa Estate’s Pinot Noir. Enjoy the perfect meal while experiencing breathtaking views of the working winery and vineyard.

Max’s restaurant

Max’s restaurant is set in the perfect location that provides scenic views of Philip Island, Westernport Bay, and the spectacular vineyards that surround the restaurant.

The restaurant’s seasonal menu is designed to celebrate local produce with modern techniques, while the dining room creates a relaxed ambiance with friendly and professional service. The restaurant has glass walls on three sides, which provide an expansive view of the coast and vineyard. It’s the perfect location for a romantic meal, a relaxed lunch, or a group celebration.

Attractions in the region

If you are a serious cheese lover, then you may have hit the jackpot. Red Hill Dairy & Main Ridge Diary  produce the best cheese free of artificial stabilizers, GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), or preservatives. You could take part in cheese tasting events in a relaxed environment and get the chance to purchase various accessories for your cheese.

You could also choose to go to a spa. Choose the perfect treatment from one of the best spas in town, the Red Hill Spa, and get to relax, harmonize, and rejuvenate. You could also walk up to Arthur’s seat, witness the magical panoramic view of the surroundings, and enjoy scenic walks and gardens in Arthur’s Seat State Park.

Why a private tour is a perfect option to explore red hill wineries

Private tours are great options because they provide convenience. Get the chance to visit all locations that you’ve always wanted to see in a private vehicle with your very own personal guide. Great Private Tour  will ensure that you get to enjoy your sophisticated adventure of Red Hill. Enquire today.

We’ll provide you with a private vehicle and a friendly, professional, and informative tour guide who’ll ensure that you get everything you need. All you’ll have to do is try and have as much fun as you can.

Our Reviews

Five Days of Excellent Touring with Great Private Tours and Elijah My wife and I spent six nights in Melbourne and three days on the Great Ocean Road in February. I researched and talked with many tour operators when I planned our month-long visit to Australia, including at least five tour operators in the Melbourne area. My interactions with Steve, the owner of Great Private Tours in Melbourne, were extensive and valuable. He provided excellent insights and suggestions that improved our visit to the Melbourne area. His offerings were very reasonable and included excellent tour vehicles and amenities. It was a wonderful experience dealing with him. I highly recommend him. We ended up spending six days with Great Private Tours in one of their Mercedes Viano vans. The first two days included the Full-day Melbourne Tour and the Phillips Island Penguin Parade. Both were led by Elijah McLeod. The third tour went to the Mornington Peninsula with Steve, the owner. Mornington is a beautiful area and really shouldn’t be missed if you have the time while in Melbourne. We then spent the last three days on a tour of the Great Ocean Road with Elijah again. The quality of these tours was excellent and included little extras like (a) varying maps and really high quality publications relevant to our destination for the day; (b) Wi-Fi hotspots in the car so we never lacked Internet access when needed; (c) bottles of water; (d) a small refrigerator in the car; etc.. While Steve was the man I most interacted with while planning the trip, Elijah was the man who had to implement the plans. There’s little to add about Elijah beyond he is simply the very best guide we’re had in our years of touring. He’s the kindest man I’ve ever met. He greeted everyone we passed. He always asked and remembered the names of everyone we dealt with at shops, restaurants, hotels, wineries, etc. He offered to take pictures of folks who were struggling to include themselves in photos. My wife doesn’t walk distances or go up steps well, so he always found ways to get her to where we were going with as little walking and steps as possible and was always at her side to help her. He always asked if we needed water, a restroom break, a better temperature in the car, a charge for our phones, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a blanket, etc. He drove safely. He came up with wonderful new ideas for places to see and things to do as he learned about our interests. For example, on the second day of our Great Ocean Road trip, he arranged for us to visit the Narrapumelap Home, a Victorian-era French Gothic Revival country mansion in Wickliffe built by John Wyselaskie in 1873, and meet its new owner and restorer, Kevin McIntyre, for a personal tour of the magnificent house and grounds. Elijah grew up with Kevin and his family in this area. I can guarantee this is a stop not on anyone else’s tour. I highly recommend Great Private Tours and Elijah to anyone thinking of private tours in Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road.
Jam-packed day! Steve from GPT was great to work with and was a fantastic tour guide. I am the type that likes to do as many things as possible and Steve created an agenda that helped us do and see all the things we wanted. He was very accommodating, polite, and professional. Steve was flexible with timing since some locations we wanted a little longer time at and others we were ok to move along. Steve was great at giving us the background and history to many of the locations and answered many questions. Wouldn't hesitate to book a tour with him again.
Amazing private tour! Despite the bad weather the day we had the tour, Steve still made it an absolutely enjoyable tour, he was very knowledgeable and answered all the questions we had and we had great conversations on our journey. We got to see the beautiful natures of Victoria, the 12 apostles, rain forests, and even koalas and kangaroos, we had a delicious seafood lunch and a few small refreshing hikes. The car was also extremely comfortable! Would highly recommend this private tour!
Rania L
Rania L
Really amazing great private tour We were picked up at our hotel by Brenden. He was a great guide and gave us a lot of information about the tour, but also about Australia. On forehand we changed the restaurant for lunch (our kids do not like seafood) and we went to the best lunchplace ever, great burgers and curry! The helicopterride was really a bonus, what a beautifull views and because we did the reverse tour we were there just before the big crowd arrived, this also was the case for the walk to the 12 Apostles. Seeing those made me emotional.
Dianne D
Dianne D
Best way to see Australia! Best way to see Australia! I can not say enough good things about Steve Andrew and our day with him on the Great Ocean Road. Approaching the GOR in reverse was exactly what we were looking for to avoid the crowds. Steve was very knowledgeable about the things that we saw and experienced. The vehicles were very clean and comfortable. Steve was on time to pick us up and return us to our house so we could make connections for other activities. We had such a positive experience on this tour that we booked another tour for a second day. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Australia.
Robin F
Robin F
Traveling with a disabled person Steve took us on a half a day tour of Melbourne and we enjoyed it so much we asked him to take us on a full day to Dandenong Ranges/Rickett Sanctuaries/steam train tour. He was friendly and very knowledgeable but what made the tours special was his flexibility accommodating my disabled friend so she could enjoy the experience fully. He went out of his way to spot wild life for her since she wished it so much. We’re thankful to Steve for helping us enjoy Melbourne and showing us great places for shopping and eating too!
Couldn't have asked for more. I have to say that this was probably one of our favorite tours while in Australia. Others just couldn’t measure up to this one. Our tour stared with a pick up at our hotel by Steve in a really nice Benz van, with water. From the very start Steve was friendly, warm, and informative. He was very knowledgeable and made the entire trip enjoyable. Our first stop was a small coffee shop run out a garage. A welcome first stop after we got out of the city traffic, with good coffee and a delicious sticky muffin. Steve took us on a “reverse” loop so as to arrive at the Apostles before the larger bus tours would. At the 12 Apostles we had a 15 minute flight over the Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. What wonderful view, one you can’t get by they shoreside lookouts. We got some really cool pictures, and splurged to buy the video taken during the flight. On the way back, we stopped in Apollo Bay for lunch. The included lunch exceed all expectations. Delicious seafood, relaxing environment, and a friendly, and talented, chef. Apollo Bay provided for some retail therapy too. From there we went to Melba Gully, named after Dame Nellie Melba. The best way to describe it is a rain forest park. On the way back had stops to see koalas, feed parrots, see kangaroos “playing golf”, visit historical sites, all while Steve provided colorful and entertaining commentary. I felt this trip wasn’t just a guide taking us around, but a mate who enjoyed showing guests the Great Ocean Road. For a full day adventure of 12 hours, this was well worth price. I would highly recommend tour.
AUZ2019 What a fantastic trip!!! Steven Andrew was a phenomenal guide - so many fun and interesting facts plus first-rate tour experience. Could not have been more pleased! A must item to book when you are in Melbourne!
Dandenong, Puffing Billy Tour, William Ricketts It was a fantastic tour, Steve is very knowledgeable and personable. He explained what we were seeing and ensured we had a good time.
Mike P
Mike P
Amazing tour A fabulous tour of an amazing place with an excellent informed guide. A real treasure. I recommend this tour to everyone
Alicia P
Alicia P