Using the surrounding natural beauty as inspiration, this rammed-earth vineyard restaurant appears to have thought of everything. More than 1500 olive trees and 11 hectares of vineyards provide spectacular views through floor-to-ceiling windows while diners feast on dishes that feature organic herbs and vegetables from the winery gardens. The innovative French-influenced menu, backed by local flavours, offers wonderful dishes such as the Red Hill goat’s cheese soufflé with truffle-scented cauliflower purée and herb salad. After lunch, view the sculpture park and take a wander through the wetlands on specially constructed boardwalks. In addition to its award-winning wine, Montalto produces its own olive oil and verjuice.
33 Shoreham Rd, Red Hill South; (03) 5989 8412; open daily for lunch and Fri–Sat for dinner; extended summer hourscomments powered by Disqus