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Mornington Peninsula

It’s not often that just half an hour after your last wine tasting for the afternoon, you can be dipping your toes in the water at a picturesque white sand beach. The Mornington Peninsula has benefited from investment from well-off professionals who adore wine and were drawn by the cool climate, natural beauty and coastal lifestyle. The result is extraordinary architecture and design, abundant art galleries, a vibrant food scene, and of course, world-class wines.

Montalto

Star Cellar Door

(03) 5989 8412
montalto.com.au

The complete winery experience awaits at Montalto, with behind-the-scenes tours, a sculpture trail, special events and the occasional music festival.

There’s a choice of dining style: the lauded fine-dining restaurant overlooking the vineyards; the more-casual Piazza featuring pizzas and share- plates; or a gourmet picnic at your own private site in the stunning grounds.

With more than a hectare of produce gardens, lunch is guaranteed to be fresh and seasonal. With the ability to draw fruit from five sites, winemaker Simon Black explores the diversity of the region.

There are juicy, affordable wines from the Pennon Hill range and cellar-worthy beauties from the Estate and Single Vineyard ranges. Pinot Noir and chardonnay are the champions, but excellent shiraz and aromatic varieties should not be overlooked. NICOLE BILSON

OUTSTANDING WINE: 2017 Montalto Single Vineyard Tuerong Block Pinot Noir, A$70

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