By Bridget Donovan
November 8, 2020 | 4 minute read
If you find yourself longing for a trip away with fine food and award winning wine, head to the Mornington Peninsula. Stylish and sophisticated, this region boasts stunning wineries perfect for lovers of fine wine and delicious food. Here are 4 of the top places to visit.
* At the time of writing, activities and places mentioned in this guide are at varying stages of recovery from COVID-19. Please check government and business websites for specific details on opening times and any restrictions before you travel.
Just an hour’s drive south of Melbourne, Crittenden Estate is centrally located on the Mornington Peninsula and is perfect for those looking for an indulgent lunch out. Enjoy share plates whilst overlooking the beautiful lake view at Crittenden’s Stillwater Restaurant. Satisfy your tastebuds with the herb crusted lamb rump or the crispy skin Cone Bay barramundi and finish your meal with the house made vanilla and citrus doughnuts.
Crittenden is also home to 2010’s ‘Young Gun Winemaker of the Year,’ as well as three consecutive Hall of Fame Victorian Tourism Awards, setting it apart from other wineries with its diverse selection of food and wines.
Pt Leo Estate
Winner of 2018 Diners’ Choice Award, Pt Leo Estate sits on fifty acres of vines and sculpture park, overlooking stunning views of Western Port Bay. If feel like enjoying fine wines and culinary bliss, whilst being surrounded by one of the Peninsula’s most pristine locations, Pt Leo Estate is the place for you. Its restaurant and cellar door are run by one of the best chefs in the country so you will not be disappointed.
Top picks off the menu include the wallaby pies, Dutch carrot soufflé and the wood roasted snapper. Couple these dishes with a selection of hand-harvested wines and you have yourself a splendid time. Whilst the fine food and wine are attractive enough, Pt. Leo Estate also boasts a sculpture park that includes both Australian and international pieces, and a ninety minute stroll after lunch will take you around the entire collection. With so much on offer, Pt Leo Estate really is the entire package.
Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner with lake views, vineyards and open gardens at Dromana’s Trofeo Estate. Situated in the heart of the Peninsula’s winery district, this rustic restaurant and cellar door is housed in a charming 1930’s Passiona factory, now refurbished to create a delightful, warming atmosphere.
Treat yourself to a meal prepared with fresh produce grown organically on the estate alongside wine created in Terracotta Amphorae vessels, resulting in an elegant, soft taste of the purest fruit expression. Be certain to try the ‘From the Paddock’ platter to share as well as the red wine braised beef cheek coupled with a 2015 Pinot Noir and a side of fries with house aioli. Delicious!
Boasting fourteen Chef’s Hats since opening in 2002 and an array of extraordinary single estate wines, Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove sits on a stunning fifty-acre amphitheatre property. This exquisite winery combines vineyards, olive groves, wetlands and an impressive outdoor sculpture collection dotted throughout the estate.
Feast your eyes on panoramic vineyard views as you experience casual dining in the Piazza, overlooking the kitchen garden.
Must tries include the grilled quail and the Mortadella pizza. If you’re looking for a more formal dining experience, Montalto Restaurant is the spot for you. Enjoy seasonal and local estate-grown produce cooked on a wood fire grill as you relax and take in the views with family and friends. The five-course menu is also a must if you're feeling hungry and is sure to impress.
Whichever way you choose to visit the Mornington Peninsula. these destinations ensure you will enjoy stunning views, food and wine as you let go of the stresses of everyday life.
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