Growing up on the stunning Mornington Peninsula, Stephanie has always been an enthusiast of her beautiful home. Combine this with her passion for writing, knowledge of the area and desire to a appreciate aher community, it was inevitable for 'Peninsula Lifestyle' to come to vivid colourful life.

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March 1, 2019

I am four years old!! Well, not literally- that'd be a little weird. Peninsula Lifestyle, this blog, and our little community has officially been living and breathing for four, amazing, colourful years. It wouldn't have been possible without you- yes you!! To all of my readers, subscribers, likers, and now friends, THANK YOU. This has been an amazing adventure that I would never have thought would be where it is now. I love that our community is full of so many wonderful and inspiring people from the peninsula and beyond, who love our home just as much as me, and are willing and eager to support local and small businesses. Uplifting and positive is how I describe all that is Peninsula Lifestyle, so again, thank you!


To celebrate us, I collaborated with four local businesses to run an "ultimate gals night out" competition. This includes the likes of Roseade Spritzer, Piece of Cheese, Maaemo Organic and Holly Makeup Artist. Each of these fabulous businesses have donated a product and/or service that one of you lucky people can win! The competition is still running, and will be until Sunday the 3rd of March. The details and T&C's are on my Instagram page, so be sure to enter on the photo with the YAY balloons- because, YAY, it's an awesome competition!


Further to this, in true Steph Bray and Peninsula Lifestyle style, I celebrated this special birthday with a good ol' winery tour. On Sunday the 24th of Feb, myself and my bestest gal pals visited Cups Estate, Green Olive at Red Hill and Tucks Wine. Each of these wineries are beautiful and unique in their own right, but all share one common thing- which was the basis of my selection. Drum roll please: they are all PET FRIENDLY. Yes, that means you can bring your four legged, furry friends to a winery tour with you. Cmon, does it get better than that!? I think not.


The first stop was the quaint Cups Estate. This is a romantic little vineyard perfect for a cosy lunch, or picnic on the hill. Overlooking the rolling hills of Moonah Links Golf Course, the views are simply unmatched. We began our Cups experience with a wine tasting. The list isn't too extensive, which was nice because it left us enough time to really soak in all that is The Cups Estate. My favourite wine from our tasting was the Rose- it's crisp and sweet and mouth watering with every sip. We didn't eat at our first stop, but if you're thinking of having a bite at The Cups, you can't go past their tacos. Bloody delicious. If you don't have a pooch to bring along with you, have no fear, Lee the owner has his gorgeous girl running around. She loves a pat and a throw of the stick. Not a bad way to enjoy some rose on the peninsula, hey?


Second stop was the famous Green Olive at Red Hill. This is a true family vineyard. With a trampoline to keep the kiddies entertained, plenty of seats (indoors and outdoors), a gorgeous little coffee cart and of course, picturesque grounds- you can't go wrong with this venue for a family event, or birthday- like Peninsula Lifestyle's! We didn't do a set tasting here, but instead bought a tasting paddle. This includes all of their wines, red and white, in a very Instagram-worthy presentation. My favourite is their Pinot Noir- you just can't go wrong. Again, we didn't eat here during this wine tour, but if you were to eat it's a very much "sharing" menu. I would recommend that you pick a dish each, and enjoy it together. After all, collaboration is the key to success, and by success, I mean your stomach and tastebuds being happily fulfilled. 

The last stop was one of my go-to venues of the season: Tucks Wine. I love this winery because it's a casual, but absolutely stunning, way to wine and dine. Smaller scale but with the views and setting to match our bigger wineries, Tucks oozes peninsula lifestyle. The restaurant overlooks the Red Hill's (see what I did there?), and is partnered with a gorgeous tree wrapped in fairy lights, with a little swing. It's all about the aesthetics! This is where we ate. The grain salad and potatoes are my order- every time. For drinks I enjoyed some sparkling, because it was my birthday and I cry if I want to. We spent the most time at Tucks, eating, drinking, swinging, picnicking on the rugs and making some of those treasured peninsula lifestyle mems. This is a winery to take note of, now that Autumn is here I am pleased to let you know Tucks is an all-season venue.  

 Wineries, wineries, wineries. My favourite places on the peninsula- if I could have visited them all on Pen Lifestyle's 4th Birthday I truly would have. Until the next tour!


Love always,

Steph x


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