Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove is undoubtedly one of the better stops along the Mornington Peninsula winery trail, having plenty to offer a visitor.
The sculpture park has become a destination in its own right. Along with a permanent collection of handpicked sculptures they also host a yearly sculpture prize between February and May, which sees the winner pocket a cool $30,000. Along with the sculpture park, Montalto also features natural wetlands with boardwalks to allow visitors to explore the peaceful habitat.
The cellar door recommends allowing an hour to fully appreciate the sculpture park trail, and they also say the walk is much more enjoyable when you purchase a glass of wine to take along on the 1km stroll!
Montalto opened to the public in 2002 after some 20 plus years of preparation behind the scenes. Owners John and Wendy Mitchell established the vineyard, while John also studied viticulture at the University of Melbourne’s Dookie campus.
Montalto, like many of the Peninsula wineries, are known for their chardonnay and pinot noir. Their award winning 2013 Eleven Chardonnay was voted the best on the Peninsula by James Halliday Challenge judges and is also regarded as one of Australia’s best examples of a chardonnay.
“Once you set the bar high you always want to improve, trying to go that extra one per cent takes so much work, effort and energy, but that’s what we are striving for,” explains Black.
Montalto have a passion for food as well as wine with plenty of produce grown onsite. What can’t be grown onsite is all sourced locally from around the Peninsula. With a 1500 tree olive grove planted in the 1980s to border the vines and help protect them from wind, they also have the added bonus of producing plenty of olives for eating and making oil.
This July 4th and 5th, Montalto celebrate the 2015 olive harvest with their Abundance Olive Festival, which is now in its thirteenth year! With live music, stalls, a martini bar, children’s activities and of course Montalto food and wine, it is well worth checking out this winter.
Montalto Restaurant and Winery
P – 03 5989 8412 33
Shoreham Rd Montalto Vineyard & Olive,
Red Hill South, VIC