Best places to eat on a Mornington Peninsula wine tour

Best places to eat on a Mornington Peninsula wine tour

by Chris Burns, Hop To It Tours

Outdoor tasting at Tucks Winery

 

Fancy designing your own Mornington Peninsula wine tour but stumped as to where to eat? This article is designed to help you make that choice by letting you know some of the best restaurants to eat at on your Mornington Peninsula wine tour. If you’re looking for information about picking wineries, why not check out our blog on the top Mornington Peninsula wineries.

One sure thing about doing a Mornington Peninsula wine tour is that there are many wineries to try all within a short distance of each other. Add in the breweries and distilleries and you can easily stop at 5 or 6 places within your day and try plenty of drinks. Whilst it’s still hard to narrow down where to go, you can at least have more than one stop! Choosing food though is harder as you’ll only have one lunch. As such, where should you go?

Well, here’s some helpful advice! We are going to divide this article up into two sections, restaurants at Mornington Peninsula wineries and stand alone restaurants in the Mornington Peninsula.

Best Restaurants at Mornington Peninsula Wineries

A lot of the top wineries in the Mornington Peninsula have restaurants attached. They range from fine dining to casual eating. Here are some great options for your wine tour.

Point Leo Estate

Point Leo Estate has three different restaurants all within its facilities. There’s the fine dining of Laura, their award winning set menu, degustation style restaurant. This is your high end option. The next level down but still not cheap is the a la carte restaurant, Point Leo Restaurant. Lastly if you’re looking for a more casual lunch there’s also the wine terrace, offering more of a casual cafe style menu. Laura and Point Leo Restaurant are both excellent but require pre booking and at least a 2 hour sitting so may not be practical for your wine tour. The wine terrace though allows you to still eat well and enjoy some drinks whilst dining in a more relaxed way making it our tip for your wine tour.

Colourful arch at Point Leo Estate Sculpture Park

 

Montalto

Montalto is famous for their piazza style restaurant, allowing you to dine in or set up a picnic style lunch within their beautiful gardens. They theme their food experience on sharing awesome food, wine and good times, making it a great way to have a casual yet yummy lunch. Whilst Montalto also have a  fine dining experience of the Alto private dining room, we’d say for a wine tour the casual sharing style “feed me” menu of the piazza is the way to go!

Picnic area at Montalto wines

T’Gallant

T’Gallant is a smaller, yet very popular winery, famous for its foot long pizzas. With both indoor and outdoor seating, T’Gallant is extremely popular for lunch on weekends with locals, making it hard to get a spot without booking. Whilst all their food is delicious, this is definitely the place to go to have a wine and a selection of wood-fired pizzas!

T'Gallant winery on the Mornington Peninsula

Best stand alone restaurants in the Mornington Peninsula wine region

Because this article is designed to be about finding a lunch spot for your Mornington Peninsula wine tour we are going to keep the options in this section limited to those restaurants in the Mornington Peninsula wine region. As such our scope will stay within the Main Ridge, Red Hill and Merricks region.

Group enjoying lunch at the Epicurean, Mornington Peninsula

The Epicurean

The Shed Restaurant at the Epicurean Red Hill offer an awesome share plate menu as part of their “Con Amici” menu. If you like slow cooked meats, wood-fired breads, fresh gnocchi and the likes then this is the place for you. Set up in an industrial shed style set up, it is kept warm with open fireplaces making it an awesome place for a colder day.

Merricks General Wine Store

Not a winery per se, but still offering a section for tastings, the Merricks General Wine Store is one of the older establishments in the region and has a more casual a la carte dining experience. In line with a cafe rather than a

Stable sitting at St Andrews Breweryrestaurant, the Merricks General Wine Store is a great option if you’re looking for a quicker stop, yet also looking for nice food.

Red Gum American BBQ

If you’re into your BBQ meat and plenty of it then the Red Gum American BBQ is for you. With a range of different menus for your group, the choice really comes down to how much you are looking to eat rather than getting a variety of dishes. Still if you like the American BBQ style then look no further.  With smoked meats being their specialty this is not the place to go if you’re vegetarian!

Green Olive

Green Olive is predominantly an olive oil producer but source a lot of local cuisine to come up with a great tapas style lunch. With outside seating, imagine a nice Italian or Spanish vista, enjoying tapas with beautiful local oils and cuisine of the like. If the image puts a smile on your face then this is the place to book for your lunch!

 

Jumping for joy at Mornington Peninsula Wine Tasting

There are stacks of options for you to eat at within your Mornington Peninsula wine tour. This article has selected some of the best options available within the scope of your wine tour, mainly for those on a midrange budget. If you’re looking to get a Mornington Peninsula wine tour together why not do it with us at Hop Top It Tours. For more information on what we offer why not read our article on our Mornington Peninsula private wine tours.

With a set price for the tour itself regardless of your number and a 15 seat capacity, driving around in a luxurious Mercedes bus you can look to book your Mornington Peninsula wine tour with us here.

Hop To It Tours bus at Point Leo Estate

Hope to see you out on the Mornington Peninsula with Hop To It Tours soon!

 

 

 

 

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