Best Winery Restaurants in Victoria

Updated April 12th, 2022


A meal at a winery transports you in a way that city restaurants struggle to replicate. It’s the whole package that makes it greater than the sum of its parts: the relaxed pace, the extensive wine list and the typically picturesque setting. And if a winery’s gone to the effort (and expense) of opening a restaurant, you can bet it’s done the thing properly.

Nowadays winery restaurants are more than just a great way for a winery to showcase how its wines pair with food. Many of Victoria’s best regional restaurants operate out of wineries, tempting some of the best chefs in Australia out from the cities and towards the country. Here’s where to find them.

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  • This stalwart winery has some of the oldest vines on the Mornington Peninsula, and some of the most impressive dining. Although the restaurant was originally built to help showcase the maturing range of wines, it's since grown an esteemed reputation of its own.

  • Some of the finest food, wine and views on the entire Mornington Peninsula, which is saying something. And the accommodation is no slouch either, with a range of beautiful king-sized suites to choose from.

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  • Four generations. That’s how long this family has been perfecting the art of exceptional wine and homegrown produce. Enjoy a drop of its revered barrel-fermented chardonnay, or complex old-vine shiraz in the bright and spacious dining room.

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  • Point Leo Estate’s in-house fine diner is up there with the peninsula’s best culinary experiences. Chef Josep Espuga and his team are firmly committed to local produce, so the only constant on the changeable European-leaning menu is that most ingredients come from nearby, if not from Point Leo itself.

  • Brown Brothers is nothing if not restless and prolific. In addition to growing just about every popular grape, it also has the Kindergarten: a winery within a winery dedicated to experimental varietals and techniques. It was also the first vineyard in Australia to open an on-site restaurant: Patricia, one of Victoria’s best regional restaurants.

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  • Crittenden, the vineyard upon which Stillwater restaurant is situated, is renowned for its chardonnays and pinot noirs (but also does cracking sparkling and Spanish wines). It’s a good match for Stillwater, which offers up a confident, well-rounded menu of modern Australian cuisine.

  • After retiring, John Mitchell started growing and making wine as a hobby. Things quickly grew out of hand. Now, Montalto encompasses seven vineyards and more than 30 acres of vines. As a retirement project, it’s unquestionably a failure: Mitchell and his wife Wendy are busier than ever. By every other metric though, Montalto is a resounding success – it’s one of Red Hill’s must-visits.

  • Chef Adam Sanderson has worked in two of Europe’s most innovative kitchens: Noma and The Fat Duck. As you’d expect, his menu changes continuously with the seasons and is heavy on hyperlocal produce. Whether it’s foraged from the coast or plucked from the kitchen garden, every ingredient speaks to the Mornington Peninsula.

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  • Tarrawarra's head chef, Joel Alderdice, has come full circle at this Yarra Valley estate, having apprenticed in the kitchen a decade earlier. With a resume counting Attica, Bar Liberty and a slew of winery restaurants, he brings his creative flair to a veg-heavy menu informed by the restaurant’s kitchen garden.

  • Undulating hills planted with pinot noir and chardonnay, and a restaurant on par with the city’s best. A flourishing kitchen garden fed by the winery’s mineral-rich soil provides endless inspiration for the daily menu here.

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  • From the helipad to the high-profile architect, no expense has been spared at Levantine Hill. At the restaurant, a Levant-inspired menu that leans into the owners’ heritage. Settle into a wine-barrel-shaped booth for Middle Eastern snack plates, Beluga caviar for an eye-popping $340, three-wine flights and more.

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  • Come for the prosecco, stay for a long lunch. And maybe a siesta. The menu here draws inspiration from the on-site market garden. Mains might involve anything from housemade gnocchi with walnuts to duck confit risotto. There's a tidy selection of woodfired pizzas, too.

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  • A quintessential Mornington Peninsula food and wine experience. The dining rooms offers panoramic views of the vines and native trees – a stunning contrast to the clean interiors. The menu, meanwhile, respectfully combines influences from around the world, with an emphasis on share dishes.

  • Exposed brick walls, floorboard ceilings and a rustic courtyard provide a warm welcome at this comfortable winery on Heathcote’s main strip. Sample the various vintages and enjoy the pared-back lunch menu from the dining room or courtyard.

  • A husband-and-wife duo split the winemaking and cooking responsibilities at this private winery and restaurant, which is open by appointment only. Book early to enjoy an intimate weekend meal and sample its latest drops. Take a seat indoors or enjoy the leafy courtyard when the sun is out.

  • This small and charming winery is one of West Gippsland’s best options if you’re after a lazy long lunch. The kitchen (which mainly cooks with what’s grown in the veggie patch) favours antipasti and pizzas, which you can enjoy inside or in the spacious garden. To drink, there’s a selection of sparkling, chardonnay, pinot noir, merlot, shiraz and cabernet sauvignon.

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  • A sleek and spacious Italian restaurant and wine bar in the Yarra Valley. Rustic features like the old milking shed and barn make it a picturesque spot to enjoy a diverse range of wine varieties, mostly French. Plus, there’s a sharing menu that includes arancini, burrata and pizzas.

  • Victoria’s first vineyard is still one of its finest, and an absolute Yarra Valley essential. Enjoy a meal with panoramic valley views in the main building, or head to the heritage-listed cellar door for a tasting.

  • Enjoy some of Gippsland’s finest nose-to-tail dining in a spacious, award-winning restaurant that overlooks the Strzelecki Ranges. The menu champions local produce, house-smoked ethical meats and natural wines from across Victoria.

  • An elegantly-restored country estate. The boutique hotel has 40 rooms, a farm-to-table diner, an indoor pool and picnic basket lunches to enjoy by the lake.