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Best value diningNorthway Downs.  It remains the same crazy Austrian themed carry-on that it’s always been, but you can guarantee a good time, great oompah music and the best schnitzels on the peninsula.  A most excellent afternoon out.

Best fine diningSalix at Willow Creek.  This is unfortunately a celebration of things now lost.  Last week Salix shut up shop at Willow Creek as the new owners of the property push ahead with their plans to build a conference centre.  The restaurant has been running there for around eleven years – I remember being emotionally moved by venison sausages and puy lentils, and a fabulous scallop dish.  Amazing food, a great venue and excellent service.  I for one will miss you Salix – so long and thanks for all the confit!

Best Sparkling Wine at a cellar doorStonier.  Their 85% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Noir blend is brilliant.  The Rose is fabulous too.

Best Chardonnay at a cellar doorYabby Lake.  The thing about the cellar door at Yabby Lake is that it is consistently good – no matter what you ask for.  Dropping in for a Chardonnay on the way home from Mornington is a real treat, and it doesn’t get much better than the Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Chardonnay.

Best Pinot Noir at a cellar doorHurley.  The Garamond – stunning.  You just know when you’ve found something special, and this is it.  A great flagship wine for the Mornington Peninsula.

Best other white at a cellar doorTucks Ridge.  For just about everything non-Chardonnay really.  The winemaker, Michael Kyberd, has produced a great range of whites which are excellent examples of their varietals – Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Savagnin.  If you’re not sure how these should taste, head on down to Tuck’s Ridge.

Best other red at a cellar door100 Hunts Shiraz.  This was available at the Merricks General Store, and is a great example of a Mornington Peninsula Shiraz.

Best overall cellar door experience – Merricks General Store.  An inspirational example of what you can do with an old shed on a country road.  It has a good range of wines to taste, coffee, food and a produce store – and it’s all so gorgeous darlink!  Honourable mentions in this category have to go to: Polperro, Stumpy Gully Vineyard, Moorooduc Estate and Paringa.

Hastings Rules – we don’t count Main Ridge Estate.  Nat and Rosalie White are icons and would win most things most years, so they remain vinblue legends and do not have to fight it out with the rest of them.  But if you haven’t been to Main Ridge, then don’t delay.  Nat and Rosalie are moving on.

Best shed – I’ve taken out the best shed award this year – because I’ve run out of sheds to give it to.  everybody is going up market.  The best sheds are of course Elan Vineyard, Merricks Estate, Miceli.  Myrtaceae might count as a shed – it’s a very smart shed.


Recently I headed over to Stumpy Gully Vineyard on Stumpy Gully Road to try lunch at the new Ricca restaurant Regardz.

The cellar door at Stumpy Gully Vineyard

The cellar door at Stumpy Gully Vineyard

They have built a very attractive new wine tasting area off to the left hand side of the main room – this frees up space for what is now the restaurant dining room.

The wine tasting area at Stumpy Gully Vineyard.

The wine tasting area at Stumpy Gully Vineyard.

They have a great range of wines – whites include a sparkling, Sauvignon Blanc, Marsanne, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Viognier.  Reds include Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.  Stumpy Gully is one of only three vineyards that I know of left on the Peninsula growing Cabernet.

All these wines, save for a couple of reserves, are in the $20 to $25 price range.  They are all well made – very much in my Sound classification and good value.

Menu and wine list at Stumpy Gully Vineyard.

Menu and wine list at Stumpy Gully Vineyard.

The atmosphere in the restaurant was very pleasant – it was busy and buzzy.  The food – we tried belly pork and spatchcock – great flavours and good combinations of textures and colours, but don’t plan on missing dinner.  Perhaps just a little economic on portion size.

So overall Stumpy Gully have come up with a cellar door experience that is to be recommended.  And now it’s very easy to get to thanks to the new PenLink road.