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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Laura

Point Leo Estate’s in-house fine diner is up there with the Peninsula’s best culinary experiences.

3649 Frankston-Flinders Road, Merricks
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Paringa Estate

This stalwart winery has some of the oldest vines on the Mornington Peninsula, and some of the most impressive dining.

44 Paringa Road, Red Hill South
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Port Phillip Estate

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

263 Red Hill Road, Red Hill South
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Seville Estate

A restaurant championing homegrown produce and world-class wine, in a beautiful setting.

65 Linwood Road, Seville

Patricia's Table at Brown Brothers Winery

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, which is one of Victoria’s best regional restaurants in its own right.

239 Milawa-Bobinawarrah Road, Milawa
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Stillwater at Crittenden Estate

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 that combines winery restaurant favourites with more esoteric dishes (such as house-made beetroot pasta).

25 Harrison Road, Dromana
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Montalto

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.

33 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South
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TarraWarra Estate

Head chef Mark Ebbels brings wild creativity and an infectious passion for farming to the Yarra Valley winery.

311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Yarra Glen
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Oakridge Wines

Undulating hills planted with pinot noir and chardonnay, and a restaurant on par with the city’s best. This is a winery worth travelling for.

864 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream
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Levantine Hill

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.

882 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream
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Dal Zotto Trattoria

Come for the prosecco, stay for a long lunch. And maybe a siesta.

4861 Wangaratta-Whitfield Road, Whitfield
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Polperro

A quintessential Mornington Peninsula food and wine experience.

150 Red Hill Road, Red Hill

Heathcote Winery

Hearty lunches and wine tastings in a cosy historic setting.

Food & Wine Bar 183-185 High Street , Heathcote

Flynn's Wines

This winery has a narrow focus – growing mainly shiraz, a sangiovese here, a vermentino there – but that’s its strength. There’s not a bewildering array of wines to taste and try, just a handful of great options. It’s the same story in the kitchen, which focuses on grazing platters and comfort food that gets out of its own way.

Bistro 29 Lewis Road, Heathcote

Ripplebrook Winery

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 on the veggie patch – makes tapas, antipasti, pizzas and hearty bowls of gnocchi. To drink, there’s a great mix of red and white wines.

2755 Westernport Road, Ripplebrook
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