A break in one of Australia’s wine regions is as much about immersing yourself in the culture, scenery and lifestyle as it is about tasting wine. Make sure you allow plenty of time to relax and spoil yourself over a long indulgent lunch; enjoy the exceptional service, food & wine that our wine regions are known for; while admiring some incredible scenery from the comfort of your dining chair.
A short drive from Adelaide in South Australia’s Adelaide Hills wine region, known as The Land of the Long Lunch, you’ll find a warm welcome at The Lane Vineyard.
The modern Dining Room at The Lane sits elevated in the heart of the vineyard overlooking the picturesque Adelaide Hills, perfect for a relaxing getaway. Discover the subtlety of The Lane Vineyard’s single vineyard wines paired with a harmonious menu designed by Executive Chef James Brinklow featuring the best South Australian produce.
At The Lane’s Gathering Indulgence Lunch, enjoy a tasting of The Lane’s premium wines with chef-prepared bites followed by a delicious two-course lunch with carefully matched wines as you take in the panoramic view of Mount Lofty Ranges.
With breathtaking views across McLaren Vale, d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant at d’Arenberg is the perfect spot for an unforgettable dining experience surrounded by the beauty of this stunning South Australian wine region. Head Chef Peter Reschke draws inspiration from local and seasonal produce to complement the award winning d’Arenberg wines, available by the glass or bottle.
d’Arenberg’s Masterclass & Degustation experience includes a private tasting learning about the age old winemaking techniques that are still used, such as foot treading and basket pressing, before an eight course degustation in d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant, overlooking the rolling hills of McLaren Vale.
A truly memorable dining experience is guaranteed at Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, where visitors enjoy exceptional home grown produce in a remarkable setting. Montalto’s Estate to Plate philosophy is simple, if it can be grown and used onsite, it will be. Montalto’s fine dining restaurant offers uninterrupted views across the vines and sculpture trail, alternatively casual dining in the outdoor Piazza and Garden Café (pictured top right) or private, catered picnics at selected locations are also available.
Montalto’s Estate to Plate experience features a guided exploration of the property, including the Estate’s working vineyard and olive grove, kitchen gardens, fruit orchard and berry plantation followed by a private, structured wine tasting and stunning 3-course lunch in the restaurant, with matching wine.
In Victoria’s Yarra Valley, De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate restaurant, Locale is a northern Italian-inspired trattoria with skillfully cooked, authentic Italian dishes made with fresh local produce. Here, it’s all about the De Bortoli family philosophy of sharing good food and wine with family and friends.
Locale’s seasonal menu, created by head chef Adam Mead, features home made pasta and authentically cooked risotto accompanied by seasonally changing sauces and ingredients. For example wild mushrooms in autumn, duck and chestnuts in the winter, broad beans and nettles in spring or the freshest, ripest heirloom tomatoes in summer. Many ingredients are grown on the Yarra Valley Estate alongside the vineyard which you can admire as you enjoy a delicious lunch with family and friends.
At the Locale Restaurant Premium Experience indulge in a seasonal Chef’s Menu featuring a selection of the finest local produce and a glass of wine matched to each course. A glass of Yarra Valley wine with entrée, premium Estate Grown wine with main course and the internationally acclaimed Noble One wine with dessert.
*** At Leeuwin Estate in Margaret River, the award-winning Leeuwin Restaurant is the ideal place for a long, relaxed lunch. The sunny verandah (pictured above) overlooks a meadow surrounded by a forest of karri trees while inside, bifold doors and domed skylights bring the outdoors in.
The restaurant is renowned for utilising a “paddock to plate” philosophy, focusing on regional produce and working closely with local artisan suppliers to create seasonal menus. The menu is complemented by a wine list featuring current release Leeuwin wines and an extensive selection of cellared “library” stock. Many wines are available by the glass.
Leeuwin Restaurant’s Yoghurt panna cotta, fennel sorbet, blood orange
For a truly decadent dining experience, the Leeuwin Estate Platinum Experience includes a tutored tour of the art gallery (with canapés), a wine blending session and a special ‘Icons’ five course degustation menu. Your Host will guide you through each of the perfectly matched courses paired with selected current and museum releases of the iconic Art Series Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon
First published by Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia.