Mornington Peninsula

Known as Melbourne’s Playground, the Mornington Peninsula combines a vibrant and relaxed beach culture with sophisticated wining and dining options, with many top restaurants attached to multi-million dollar cellar doors. When touring at weekends and during the summer, plan and book ahead.

Foxeys Hangout

Star Cellar Door

(03) 5989 2022
foxeys-hangout.com.au

There are far grander winery restaurants on the Peninsula and grander estates, too, but Foxeys Hangout isn’t about grandness and size. It’s like a groovy little Brunswick Street cafe has set down amid the stunning undulating hills of a Red Hill farm bringing the best of the city to the country.

Brothers Michael and Tony Lee have a long history in hospitality, it shows not only in the food and vibe at Foxeys, but in their wines which come at four price points from A$28 to A$65 and in between. Individual vineyards and different clones are a feature for pinot noir and chardonnay and while these grapes are undoubtedly behind the winery’s reputation, it would be remiss not to taste the shiraz. Much-lauded in wine shows, Foxeys Shiraz proves most decisively that the grape can do extraordinarily well in this super-cool maritime climate.

Enjoy a glass out on the deck with one of the best views on the Peninsula with a plate of barbecue quail, or mushrooms sausage rolls, cooked by Tony who is also a trained chef.  JENI PORT

OUTSTANDING WINE: 2017 Foxeys Hangout Pinot Noir, A$38

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(03) 5989 6455
tenminutesbytractor.com.au

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(03) 5931 3000
hurleyvineyard.com.au

Polperro
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(03) 5989 2471
polperrowines.com.au

Main Ridge Estate
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(03) 5989 2686
mre.com.au

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(03) 5989 9011
ptleoestate.com.au

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(03) 5989 4444
portphillipestate.com.au

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0400 339 995
lakesidevillas.com.au