Day 3 of the Twelve Days of Summer series is about wine and sculpture!
Cooler than other Australian wine regions, the peninsula is best known for production of pinot noir and chardonnay wines and some other varieties, including pinot grigio and shiraz.
There are over 70 cellar doors on the Mornington Peninsula. many of which boast excellent cafes, restaurants or accommodation so it’ll take a few visits to see them all.
In today’s post, the focus is on the cellar doors in the area with outdoor sculpture walks.
We chose a blazing hot day in late December to visit Montalto in Red Hill.
Turning off Shoreham Road we were approached by a parking attendant who asked if we had made a reservation for lunch at either the restaurant of Piazza cafe.
Luckily we’d only planned to visit the cellar door and walk along the sculpture trail.
For a tasting fee of $5 per person we sampled a range of wines which was reimbursed when we bought two bottles of delicious dessert wine.
With restaurant tables looking out over the vineyard through banks of floor to ceiling windows and more casual cafe tables arranged under umbrellas on the decking, we could see why it was a popular place to eat.
But our destination was the 1km sculpture trail, featuring 30 or so thought-provoking pieces dotted through the fields and around the wetlands, with the straight rows of Montalto vines rising up across the slopes in the background.
And it was well worth the trip!
Pt Leo Estate and Sculpture Park
Opening to much fanfare in 2017, the best known outdoor sculpture park in the area is the Pt Leo Estate, where around 50 sculptures are set against the dramatic backdrop of a 180 degree view of the sea. Open daily from 11-5pm, it costs $10 to walk around the sculptures, many of which interplay with their stunning environment.
Back inside the grand cellar door you can taste Pt Leo Estate wines or dine in one of the two restaurants – just beware there’s no cafe option and only expensive dining is available.
If you’re planning on wine tasting in the Mornington Peninsula we recommend double checking websites for opening times and making lunch reservations by phone in busy holiday periods. You can find a list of wineries here: https://morningtonpeninsulawineries.com.au/