November 2014

02 November

First (Wine) Sunday – Chardonnay, an international perspective Sunday 2 November

Australian Chardonnay has been on a crash diet the last few years, slimming down to a tighter, leaner model; restrained oak, minerally acid and floral notes. Is this the way forward? Explore benchmark chardonnay regions from classically edgy Chablis through to powerfully rich Burgundy, we will discover where Australian and Peninsula chardonnay fit in a global perspective.


December 2014

07 December

First (Wine) Sunday – Sparkling Sunday 7 December

Sparkling wine is a complex world, sort out your Blanc de Blanc from your Blanc de Noir and discover the magic of Champagne and some not too shabby locals.

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25 December

Christmas Day

The only day of the year Montalto is closed.

26 - 26 December


Cellar Door: Daily 11am-7pm
Restaurant: Lunch daily, Dinner Monday-Saturday
Piazza Cafe: 11 - 7 daily
Picnics: Daily from 12pm

Cellar Door: Daily 11am-5pm
Restaurant: Lunch daily, Dinner Monday-Saturday (no dinner on 26 Jan)
Piazza Cafe: 11 - 5 daily
Picnics: Daily from 12pm

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January 2015

01 January

New Years Day

04 - 04 January

First (Wine) Sunday – Fundamentals of Wine Tasting

Getting the fundamentals and the terminology right from the start. Learn to distinguish key varietal flavours and to understand the influence of sugar, acid, tannin, oak, and alcohol. See how it all fits together to give wine body, structure and complexity.

04 January


Together with The Peninsula Summer Music Festival we will gather on the lawn for an evening of jazz that transports the audience to Paris in the 30's & 40's. Julie O'Hara (vocals) and Ultrafox present elegant ballads and hot swing-club classics.

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26 January

Australia Day

Montalto Extended Summer Opening Hours end

February 2015

01 February

First (Wine) Sunday – Pinot Grigio/Gris and Riesling

Pinot Grigio/Gris suits the Peninsula climate but with so many differing styles from crisp Friuli inspired Grigio to richly textured Alsace Gris, what’s the best way forward? And the noble variety Riesling has a long and distinguished history from bone dry Australian styles to the wonderfully complex, rich and sweet German styles.

06 - 08 February

Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration

Mornington Peninsula producers come together with Australian and International producers to celebrate pinot noir.  Information and bookings can be found here.

06 - 07 February

7th Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration

Tim Atkin MW at Mornington Peninsula Celebration in February 2015
The 7th Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration is taking place on the 6th and 7th February 2015.

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March 2015

01 March

First (Wine) Sunday – Grape Tasting

Tasting grapes in the vineyard at this time of year is an exciting challenge for the senses, with sugars, flavours, colour and phenolics all ripening quickly. See how the flavours change and what we look for when trying to nail the perfect time to pick.
* Meet at Cellar Door for this session

01 March

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Lunch – Mornington Versus Yarra

Discover the unique sub-regional differences of single vineyard chardonnay and pinot noir from all corners of the Mornington Peninsula and the Yarra Valley with winemakers from Montalto and Giant Steps. Lunch will be a shared table format within the Montalto dining room with beautiful local produce from the wood-fired rotisserie.

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20 March

The Wheeler Centre Friday night dinner conversations

2014 saw the start of a wonderful new partnership with The Wheeler Centre, with 8 Friday night conversations with Australian authors engaging a packed dining room with insights into their process, work and lives.

We are pleased to announce that the series will continue in 2015, starting in March and continuing monthly until November.

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April 2015

03 April

Good Friday

05 April

First (Wine) Sunday – Winery Tour

Our Winemaker Simon says, ‘good winemaking is about attention to detail’. A tour of the winery will show you how we do it and why, together with the little things that make a difference. Follow Simon with his valanche (fancy French word for barrel sampling device)and sample our new vintage wines from barrel.

05 April

Easter Sunday

May 2015

03 May

First (Wine) Sunday – Italian and Spanish Reds

Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Tempranillo , Garnacha. These are the wonderful varieties of Italy and Spain’s  famous wine regions Barolo, Chianti, Rioja, Ribera de Duero and others… These are great food wines and age worthy.

June 2015

06 - 08 June

Winter Wine Weekend

Winter Wine Weekend is held during the Queens Birthday long weekend in June every year. The opening event is the Winter Wine Fest (Saturday, 11am – 4pm), an exhibition and tasting which traditionally marks the beginning of the extensive Winter Wine Weekend program. For more information click HERE.

07 June

First (Wine) Sunday – Wine and cheese

Beautiful artisan cheeses, local and imported can be a wonderful match with wine. We’ll explore the classic matches and bust a few urban myth’s. Let’s work our way through the classics; Sancerre/Chevre, Sauternes/Roquefort, Reggiano/Chianti

July 2015

04 - 05 July

Abundance Olive Festival

Join us as we celebrate the 2014 olive harvest with our Abundance Olive Festival. Our annual weekend celebration offers something for everyone.

Be the first to try the new season Montalto olive oils, with estate olives and yummy foods to stock your pantry with. Wander the market filled with local and hand crafted products with Red Hill Cheese, Olieve & Olie, artwork from CSC and fine wool knits by The Knit Studio. The Kids Corner keeps the little ones happy, with Fairy Crystal entrancing them with her stories and face painting, garden stake painting. A ride on the tractor drawn olive express and a special kids only olive pip spitting competition makes the day a memorable one.

Sunday lunch is a shared table experience as one long table runs the length of the dining room. Abundant, shared platters offer chef Barry Davis the opportunity to showcase the seasonal harvest of the estate. Challenge for the mantle of Olive Pip Spitting Champion and wear the championship crown! The procession of the new season oils is the icing on the cake.
$90 per person for food, including welcome glass of bubbly or martini.

Abundance is an all weather event and entry is free.

05 July

First (Wine) Sunday – Pinot Noirs of the World

New World versus Old World, aromatic and delicate, dark and brooding, Pinot Noir has many faces. Flavours and aromas set the scene but its mouthfeel and intensity that can take it to a new level. We’ll show you some new world stars from the key regions of Australia and New Zealand and benchmark classics from the motherland Burgundy.

August 2015

02 August

First (Wine) Sunday – Food & Wine Matching

New world wines can be wonderfully expressive with fresh fruit flavours, but it’s the savoury style of European wines that often works best with food. We know about duck and Pinot, so let’s take it further matching intensity and richness, flavours and textures. Sometimes it’s the contrasts that work.

$20 pp. RSVP to Cellar Door please.