The Vineyard

Tales of Seasons Past

Since 1876 the Edwardian homestead, McCormick House, has stood gracefully on what was fertile grazing land for over 100 years. Reborn as the cocktail bar for this iconic hotel, it stands as an enduring reminder of the history of this picturesque property.

Planted in 1989, the 11-hectare (28-acre) Willow Creek Vineyard has taken root in deep volcanic soils, known for producing rich flavours. This cool-climate vineyard produces pinot noir, chardonnay, cabernet, pinot gris and sauvignon blanc. Under winemaker, Geraldine McFaul, Willow Creek Vineyard has grown in reputation as one of the premier producers on the Mornington Peninsula - renowned for elegant single vineyard wines.

WINE TASTING EXPERIENCES

Home to our Rare Hare and Willow Creek Vineyard wines, you’re invited to taste the fruits of our labour while looking over the vines and barrels from whence they came. We offer a range of tasting experiences to suit your available time and passion for wine.

To book a group tasting of between 5 and 10 guests or for all tour groups up to 10 people, please call 03 5931 2502 or e-mail sc@rarehare.com.au. Please note we’re unable to cater to larger groups at the cellar door.

Wine Immersion Experience

Spend an indulgent hour exploring our vineyard, delving into our philosophy of growing and making wine, and tasting both work-in-progress wines and our full flight of single-vineyard varieties.

Start with a walk among the vines – over a glass of estate sparkling – and a wander of the winery, where we’ll delve into details of vintages past and our winemaking cast. Stopping by the hotel’s pool deck, settle into a seated tasting in the stunning Geode where you’ll enjoy a vinous voyage showcasing the full winemaking journey: sample ferments and barrel selections straight from the cellar, and our full flight of single vineyard and limited-release single block wines.

Duration
1 hour

Time & Location
Meet at the Rare Hare Cellar Door, 11 am daily

Bookings
Individuals or groups up to 10 people bookings essential. $75 per person, 10% discount on any wine purchase.

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Premium Wine Tasting

A vinous journey across our unique single site with a tasting of all our estate wines, including the very limited release single block wines.

Duration
30 minutes

Bookings
Not required for individuals. $25 per tasting.

Classic Wine Tasting

Enjoy a taste of a select range of current release Rare Hare and Willow Creek Vineyard wines with our knowledgeable cellar door team in Rare Hare (Mon-Thu), or the Barrel Room (Fri-Sun).

Duration
20 minutes

Bookings
Not required for individuals. $5 per tasting, refundable on purchase.

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