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You’ve almost definitely heard of the Mornington Peninsula’s hottest new boutique hotel, Jackalope. But have you heard much about (or been to) its onsite winery, Willow Creek? Alongside viticulturist Robbie O’Leary, winemaker Geraldine McFaul has been making minimal intervention wines at Willow Creek since 2008 – nine years before the hotel opened. But while the hotel may be drawing a new crowd, we recommend going straight to Rare Hare – Willow Creek’s wine bar, tasting room and restaurant.

We caught up with Geraldine to ask her all about the wines from this region. Make sure you keep up with her on Instagram, too!

What style do you think characterises the wines of your region?
Cherries, cherries, cherries! Plus, we tend to produce an elegantly perfumed, spicy style of pinot down here, thanks to our cool maritime location and soils.

Tell us three we need to know about your region?
It’s gorgeous! We have a tonne of amazing restaurants and foodie finds, plus, you can’t drive for five minutes before passing a cellar door or three – heaven!

What’s the one we simply must do in your region?
Marvel at the ocean’s power down at Sorrento’s back beach.

When no one is watching, you drink…
Rosé.

Your pinots are best for…
Celebrating the long-overdue legislation of marriage equality in this country! (Wooo!)

Your pinotss are best paired with…
A tin of duck rillettes and some fresh croutons.

If not you, who else should people try?
Moorooduc Estate

What song should we listen to when driving to the winery?

What song should we listen to when driving away and onto the next one?

The one song that makes you dance…

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