With its fine-dining restaurant, wood-fired pizza oven and sculpture walk, there’s plenty of reasons to stop and spend the afternoon at Montalto vineyard. Perhaps the most unique experience (and decadent ways to sample its wines in the warmer months) is by booking its private “picnic experience”.
There are 10 secluded spots on the property that you can reserve for two to eight people, with beautifully set tables and a menu starring local produce. Montalto also do a great “behind the scenes” wine tour aimed at those keen to learn more about the process.
2. Pt Leo Estate
The owners of Pt Leo Estate, the Gandel family, have invested more than $50 million in the 135-hectare Pt Leo Estate state near Merricks in recent years and it shows. The sprawling estate now includes an incredible sculpture park overlooking Western Port Bay, a beautiful cellar door space, restaurants (including Laura, which was recently lauded in the 2020 Good Food Guide) and stunning accommodation.
3. Foxeys Hangout
Set in a beautiful spot in Red Hill, Foxeys Hangout is the perfect place to while away a few hours. The vibe is wonderfully relaxed and winemaker Tony Lee is a qualified chef so there is a selection of great share plates to pair with their wines.
The mushroom sausage rolls with smoked tomato sauce are always a hit, as are the braised leeks with goat curd, blood orange and mint. Enjoy your food and wine in the cosy dining room or take advantage of the views from the deck in summer.