Red Hill is very much a rural area, with the landscape consisting of scenic hills and native bushland.
Scattered throughout the area is a proliferation of vineyards, orchards and berry farms. Many of the vineyards are boutique wineries, offering visitors the opportunity to experience fine dining, wine tasting and the purchase of local produce of the region. Most of the wineries also feature attractive gardens, free for visitors to wander through or have a picnic within. One of the most scenic wineries is the Red Hill Estate, perched on the side of a hill, with the vines giving way to a stunning backdrop of the waters of Western Port.
The commercial centre of Red Hill is spread along four distinct spots on Arthurs Seat Road, Flinders Road and Shoreham Road, featuring a variety of eateries and services. Tucked away along roads and shady laneways around Red Hill, visitors will also find several galleries and cafes.
Red Hill is a major centre on the Mornington Peninsula for entertainment events, including the popular Red Hill Show, a monthly community market held from September through to May and the peninsula’s premier art show – Art Red Hill.
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Its name derives from the rich, red clay that has made the area predominantly agricultural from its first European settlement in the mid-nineteenth century.
The area now known as Red Hill contains land in three parishes: Kangerong, Wannaeue (only 626 acres) and Balnarring. Kangerong is north of Arthurs Seat Rd and west of Red Hill Rd. Wannaeue is west of Mornington-Flinders Rd. The rest of Red Hill and Red hill South are in Balnarring parish.
Since the 1970s, wineries have been established around Red Hill to take advantage of the microclimates that suits cool climate grapes, and especially pinot noir.