Established in 1982, Dromana Estate was instrumental in forging the Mornington Peninsula’s reputation as one of Australia’s leading wine regions. The winery produces an extensive range of wines, up to twelve different varietals per year.
Chief winemaker Peter Bauer has been in the wine industry for more than thirty years, and brought his wealth of knowledge and experience to Dromana Estate in 2007. Bauer meticulously crafts outstanding French varietals like pinot noir, pinot gris and chardonnay, along with varietals that are not usually associated with the Mornington Peninsula such as viognier and sauvignon blanc. Taking an innovative approach to winemaking, he is well known for blending varietals together to create completely new taste sensations.
It is Dromana Estate’s belief that exceptional wines arise from great grapes and vineyard management. With minimal intrusion and interference, Dromana Estate wines achieve a true sense of time and terroir. By keeping the use of fungicides to the absolute minimum and endeavouring to use organic options when available, the talented vintners produce premium wines that are sustainable and eco-friendly. Using minimal preservatives throughout wine production – including during fermentation and filtering – allows the natural flavour of Dromana Estate’s wine to shine through.
The winery has three labels, Dromana Estate, Tuerong Park and Mornington Estate, which are all estate-grown and represent the highest standards of viticulture. Dromana Estate has received multiple awards over the years, with the Dromana Estate Pinot Noir, Mornington Estate Pinot Noir and Mornington Estate Pinot Gris receiving high ratings in the 2018 edition of Halliday Wine Companion. The 2017 Tuerong Park Black Botrytis Sauvignon Blanc was awarded silver at the 2018 Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association Wine Show and bronze at the 2018 National Cool Climate Wine Show.
The friendly staff at its rustic cellar door will happily guide you through your tasting experience, and explain what makes this part of the Mornington Peninsula special. After your tasting, enjoy a beautiful lunch in the quaint Tuerong Homestead, or relax in the stunning landscaped gardens.
The restaurant offers a menu of assorted sharing platters, homemade gourmet pizzas, daily specials and delightful desserts. Seating is available both indoors and outdoors, where there’s a popular alfresco terrace. Dromana Estate caters for weddings, special occasions, corporate functions and team-building events. Family and friend get-togethers are frequently held at the estate, and food packages can be tailored to suit your needs. To avoid disappointment, the winery recommends booking in advance. Dromana Estate is also a child- and dog-friendly venue, however dogs must remain on a leash at all times.
⇐ 2018 Dromana Estate Pinot Noir
Dromana Estate has produced a pinot noir that exhibits a great degree of elegance. It’s juicy and beautifully rounded on the palate with flowing mouthfeel and seductive savoury nuances. From 100 percent handpicked, estate-grown fruit, the grapes were fermented in open vats for three weeks prior to being pressed into old French oak puncheons and left to its own devices for twelve months. Peter Bauer has produced a pinot showing a bouquet of dark cherries and plums backed up with a palate brimming with rich fruit and savoury complexity.
⇐ 2018 Dromana Estate Syrah
Hand-selected and harvested fruit was de-stemmed into open fermenters on top of thirty percent whole bunch and ferment was left on skins for one month before pressing to barrel to rest for eighteen months. This vegan-friendly wine shows typical syrah characteristics of blackberry, dark cherry, cocoa, warm spice and cedar on the nose with a hint of gamey complexity. Dark and stormy, with rich plums and spice, it’s concentrated and impressively weighted on the palate, displaying expansive mouthfeel and rich texture, leading to a lengthy velvety finish.
⇐ 2017 Dromana Estate Blanc de Blanc
The 2017 Blanc de Blanc was made with estate-grown chardonnay fruit; handpicked then pressed into stainless steel. After triaging it was left on its lees for twenty-four months to create a wine which is supremely elegant and gracefully slim with a lifted citrus bouquet. With a lemon and lime burst backed by crisp acidity, it is sleek and finely textured on the palate, offering an impressively long, refined finish. This vegan-friendly wine pairs beautifully with freshly shucked oysters.
⇐ 2017 Dromana Estate Tuerong Park sauvignon blanc Botrytis
Dromana Estate’s Botrytis was created by natural occurrence; the ‘perfect storm’ of wet weather caused the sauvignon blanc grapes to develop noble rot – a beneficial mould that grows on ripe grapes, resulting in fruit with high residual sugar. The fruit was gently pressed over eight hours to extract every last drop. Fermentation was ceased at 8.5 Beaumé to retain the perfect balance of sweetness, acidity and alcohol. It was then left for six months in old French oak barrels. This vegan-friendly wine holds all the great attributes of a French Sauternes; honey, honeycomb, apricots and creme brûlée. Luscious flavours are complemented and balanced by a fine acidity, giving it length and structure.
555 Old Moorooduc Road,
Open 11:00am–5:00pm Wednesday to Sunday
Weddings & Functions
Max 80 seated and 120 cocktail
Bed and breakfast, and self-contained suites
Monthly Wine Club specials