Toms Cap Vineyard
To get to Toms Cap Vineyard, wind your way through the native bushland of the Strzelecki Ranges, and when you think you’re lost or you’ve gone too far, push on. The long drive – despite a few doubtful “are we there yet?” moments – is both scenic and worth the journey.
Surrounded by nature reserves, this verdant hilltop estate has been slowly shaped by Ann and Graham Morris since they planted their first vines back in 1992. The 100-acre property undulates in all directions from the cellar door and restaurants, making this an idyllic spot for a slow weekend lunch.
Start your visit at the cellar door, where Ann will talk you through their single-estate wines. Toms Cap grows seven acres of shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and riesling, which is vinified by local winemaker Marcus Satchell. Enjoy a cheese board in the surrounding gardens with a glass of rosé, shiraz or one of the winery’s three méthode traditionnelle sparklings. Then settle into Woody’s restaurant for the signature fish’n’chips (local rock flathead with fries and garden greens) or the twice-cooked duck a l’orange with potato gratin and spring peas.
Save some time for a stroll through the fruit and olive trees, the abundant kitchen garden, and – of course – the vines. If you opt to stay the night at one of the four on-site cottages, you might catch a glimpse of a wombat, koala or kangaroo as sunset blankets the summit.