If you’re a fan of pinot grigio, T’Gallant’s your place. Founders Kevin McCarthy and Kathleen Quealy first started experimenting with the then-obscure varietal in 1990, before travelling to Alsace in France and Friuli in Italy to further their knowledge. Throughout the ’90s they were largely responsible for popularising the grape in Victoria and beyond.
The duo sold T’Gallant to Treasury Wine Estates in 2003, but its original appeal remains. The Italian-inspired courtyard and dining space have beautiful views over the 100-acre vines in the valley. You can “gaze and graze” at the fig trees and artichoke garden, which produce statement ingredients for Roman-style woodfired pizzas.
When they’re in season, the figs are paired with gorgonzola for a sweet, pong-y kick. More reliable staples include the classic margherita, and mozzarella with salami. There’s also a small range of antipasto for sharing.
T’Gallant’s full range is available to taste at the cellar door, including rosé, moscato, tempranillo and pinot noir. But really, you’re here for the signature pinot grigio (also known as pinot gris, when made in the French style).
If you visit on a weekend, there will be live music in the courtyard.