Dromana Habitat Is the Mornington Peninsula's Newly-Minted Artisan Precinct Worth a Day-Trip
From wine and craft spirits to homewares and cheese, this collective of artisan producers is putting an unlikely pocket of the Peninsula on the map.
December 01, 2022
Anyone who's ever found themselves in the Dromana Industrial Estate already knows it also happens to be an absolute treasure trove of top-notch food and drink. And now, the rest of the world is going to know it too, as 15 of this unassuming precinct's residents band together to form the newly-minted collective, Dromana Habitat.
Out to put this abundant pocket of the Mornington Peninsula firmly on the map, Dromana Habitat was conceived as an artisanal precinct celebrating the eclectic mix of makers and producers that call it home.
You might already be familiar with some of that lineup — the creators of tasty gluten-free beers at Two Bays, Little Rebel Coffee Roasters with its ethically-sourced beans, the award-winning booze-makers at Jimmy Rum, Jetty Road's expansive brewpub and the legendary Bass & Flinders gin distillery bar, to start.
But Dromana Habitat is showcasing a stack of emerging stars and new faces, too, offering plenty of excuses to make the hour-long drive out of Melbourne for a day immersed in artisanal goodness.
You'll find a tasting room and bar from the sparkling masters at Rahona Winery, a cosy cellar door by family-run winery Rhino Tiger Bear and a one-stop-shop for ocean-fresh goodies courtesy of Peninsula Fresh Seafood.
Festive snack platters will be all the better for a visit to the award-winning Boatshed Cheese, The Vegan Dairy and Mornington Peninsula Cheese Merchants (stay tuned for cheese classes and dine-in options here); while design-savvy visitors will love to mosey about the offerings at Bass Surfboards and Everwear Denim. And if you're looking to spruce up your pad, be sure to drop by the oh-so-aromatic Red Hill Candle Co and lush plant haven Verdant Dwellings.
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