Point Leo Estate: A winery and sculpture park shaking up Mornington Peninsula
There's a new winery just an hour and a half's drive from Melbourne, and you'll want to tell nobody but your best crew about it.
Point Leo Estate, set over 134-hectares on the southernmost tip of Mornington Peninsula, opened in October last year to much anticipation amongst locals. While tourists flock in droves to taste wine in the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula's wineries lend a quieter, underrated charm, where you're more likely to appreciate your glass in tranquility amidst the region's natural splendour. Point Leo Estate is exactly that, and also boasts a fantastic sculpture park outside its restaurant and cellar door for families and art lovers alike.
Dining in the restaurant gives you free entry into the sculpture park (otherwise, it's $10 per person), and it's well-worth checking out. Featuring Australia's largest privately-owned collection of over 50 large-scale contemporary local and international works, expect to spend at least an hour meandering through the sculptures. If you prefer to be guided, there's an app available for download on site at Point Leo Estate.
Come hungry, because Point Leo Estate's 110-seat restaurant has been the talk of the town since its opening. Helmed by the previous executive chef of Sydney's Rockpool, Phil Wood, the modern bistro serves up a delightful menu full of hearty flavours and delicate textures. Our picks? The beetroot pancake, topped beautifully with lemon curd and Yarra Valley trout roe, the snapper ceviche (a tad spicy, but absolutely mindblowing), O'Conners beef steak, and to finish off, poached meringue with cherry and almonds.
Ready to toast your afternoon away? Point Leo Estate's wine list features up to 100 Victorian labels, allowing customers to explore wines from both the Mornington Peninsula alongside benchmark and emerging wine producers from across the state.
Now, don't say you haven't been tipped off.
For more information, visit Point Leo Estate.