Food & Wine

Food & Wine in fine style

Our rich red soils grow the most abundant seasonal produce. Our beautiful natural environment creates an enviable lifestyle. All this has attracted the  most passionate winemakers and top city chefs seeking inspiration and a sea change.

This is one of the few regions in Victoria where you can choose casual cafés, chic restaurants and Chef ’s Hat fine dining both in our coastal villages and our hinterland hamlets.

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Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove is a  stylish standout, reminiscent of the south of France. You’ll find a one Chef ’s Hat restaurant, casual piazza overlooking kitchen gardens, acclaimed outdoor sculpture and private summer picnics in a beautiful estate.

Terminus Restaurant at the Flinders Hotel won a Chef ’s Hat again this year, and is  fast gaining a dedicated following for its sophisticated fusion of North African, French and local cuisine. There’s casual fare on the sunny deck, and beautiful accommodation.

A classic European-style country estate is Lindenderry at Red Hill, set in 30 acres of vineyards and exquisite gardens. Relax in the day spa, dine in the  intimate Linden Tree Restaurant, then retire to luxurious accommodation. 

Willow Creek’s Salix Restaurant features floor-to-ceiling windows, so you feel like you’re dining amid vines. The menu is adventurous and creative, with local produce including mussels, whiting, beef, artisan cheeses and  handpicked berries.  

A reputation for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, all with a true sense of place, has been gained by Yabby Lake. Its cellar door café serves a daily lunch of simple, seasonal dishes to complement the wines. 

Set on 20 acres, La Pétanque whisks you back to Provence. South of  France flavours have a contemporary twist, and the elegant dining room, deck and terrace overlook vineyards, gardens and a pétanque pitch.

On the   coast, Rosebud’s favourite Blue Mini Café invites you to relax just opposite the beach. Its ‘mod Oz’ menu features fresh local produce, seasonally  changing menus and magnificent all day breakfasts.

If you’d like to enjoy the countryside while you taste top wines, Horseback Winery Tours takes you  through beautiful hinterland on gentle horses, with half day and full day wine tasting tours.

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In one of the world’s most respected wine magazines, Andrew Jefford also said: “I wrote that it was almost like the Chambolle-Musigny vintage for Mornington. A wonderful amount of grace and impressive force. Super-attractive wines.”  It all began in the 1970s with a handful of visionary winemakers,  and by the 1990s the Mornington Peninsula was recognised as one of the most exciting new regions in the world for extraordinary Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. 

Now, an even more intimate understanding of the Peninsula’s hills and valleys, micro-climates and their unique ‘terroir’ is leading to a greater sense of  place and individuality in these wines. Outstanding Pinot Grigio/Gris, Shiraz and other varietals have also claimed their place on the Peninsula.  So come and talk to our winemakers and explore Red Hill, Main Ridge, Merricks, Balnarring, Moorooduc and Dromana. More than 50 cellar doors, ranging from
the rustic to grand landmarks, are operated by 200 vineyards, and many are open seven days a week. There’s a fabulous range of food too, from casual  shared platters through to fine dining restaurants.

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