Brandy Creek Estate
This cellar door, restaurant and day spa is in the hills of Drouin East. Inside there’s a range of aesthetics, from dark nooks sprayed with street art to function rooms that mimic the grandeur of Versailles. The deck is a lovely spot to enjoy a glass of house sparkling on a sunny afternoon. There are three types – pinot gris, rosé and tempranillo.
The winery grows five acres of pinot noir, pinot gris, pinot meunier and tempranillo, and sources sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and shiraz from other vineyards. There’s a day spa up the hill if you need to scrub away the daily grind of city life.
Usually there’s Spanish food coming out of the kitchen, but occasionally the restaurant hosts special events, such as a Sri Lankan buffet or meaty South American churrasco evenings.
Start your eating journey with tapas such as seafood empanadas or the crispy duck with spicy orange and saffron sauce. Then it’s onto heartier numbers such as beef cheeks braised in wine and served with fried cauliflower. The menu is gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan considerate. Five different pans of steaming paellas fill the restaurant with rich aromas one Sunday a month.
The kitchen gets some of its produce from the on-site market garden, which also grows various fruit, nut and olive trees.
Closed for Thursday dinner during May and June.
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