Wine Sunday 7th September – Shiraz/Syrah an International Perspective
Join us for a tutored tasting of 8-10 wines with our winemaking team $20 held at our winery 29 Tubbarubba road Merricks North. *Bookings essential* call 03 5989 8412 or send us an email
Shiraz has so many different faces from the super ripe, inky black and rich styles of the Barossa Valley to the restrained, elegant and refined versions from the cooler regions of the Rhone Valley and Australia. Does Peninsula Shiraz really have a place? we think so.
The Wheeler Centre with Carrie Tiffany Friday 12 September
Carrie Tiffany is one of Australia’s most celebrated writers ‐ her two novels, Everyman’s Guide to Scientific Living andMateship with Birds, have won a swag of awards, including the inaugural Stella Prize for the latter. She writes about regional Australia with a sharp eye, fine wit and polished storytelling acumen.
Good conversation. Great wine. The Wheeler Centre transports a taste of the best Australian writing to the Mornington Peninsula. Enjoy all the elements of the very best dinner party. Some of your favourite local writers will be interviewed in the gorgeous surrounds of the Montalto dining room, while you eat, drink and relax.
$50 inclusive of a shared main course. Wine charged on consumption. 7.00pm sharp. Bookings here.
First (Wine) Sunday – Barrel tasting, single vineyards
With the malo’s through it’s a good time to check out the wines in barrel. The wines have been on lees, slowly maturing, melding with the oak and gaining complexity. The wines will be showing their true colours with the differences between all our vineyard sites there to taste. A great time to look at Single Vineyard wines.
The Wheeler Centre with Favel Parrett Friday 10th October
Favel Parrett burst onto the Australian literary scene in a flood of well-deserved praise (and comparisons to Tim Winton) with her darkly beautiful debut, Past the Shallows, shortlisted for the Miles Franklin. Her much-anticipated second novel is When the Night Comes – an evocative story about the power that fear and kindness have to change lives.
Good conversation. Great wine. The Wheeler Centre transports a taste of the best Australian writing to the Mornington Peninsula. On selected Friday nights, all the elements of the very best dinner party. Some of your favourite local writers will be interviewed in the gorgeous surrounds of the Montalto dining room, while you eat, drink and relax.
$50 inclusive of shared main course. Wine charged on consumption. 7.00pm sharp. Bookings here.
First (Wine) Sunday – Chardonnay, an international perspective
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.
Melbourne Cup Day
A celebration day at Montalto, with all the race day action on the big screen plus a Cup sweep and prize for best hat.
The Wheeler Centre with Michelle de Kretser Friday 14 November
Michelle de Kretser’s novels are playful, deeply intelligent and engrossing; they comment on contemporary Australia, and the wider world we live in now. Her last book, Questions of Travel, swept the national prize pool, winning the Miles Franklin, the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction and more.
Her beguiling new novella, Springtime, is an Australian ghost story. Frances and Charlie met in Melbourne, when he was married with a young son. Now they live together in Sydney, with a rescue dog – and the sense that they have tipped the world on its axis. When Frances sees a strange woman in their garden, she is overtaken by a sense of the eerie. Get a glimpse of this national treasure’s newest work.
Meet a literary icon ‐ and a woman of ideas.
Good conversation. Great wine. The Wheeler Centre transport a taste of the best Australian writing to the Mornington Peninsula. Enjoy all the elements of the very best dinner party. Some of your favourite local writers will be interviewed in the gorgeous surrounds of the Montalto dining room, while you eat, drink and relax.
$50 inclusive of shared main course. Wine charged on consumption. 7.00pm sharp. Bookings here.
First (Wine) Sunday – Sparkling
Sparkling wine is a complex world, sort out your Blanc de Blanc from your Bland de Noir and discover the magic of Champagne and some not too shabby locals. We’ll explain the nerdy stuff of cepage, dosage and yeast autolysis and show you some exciting wines from the new wave of tiny Grower Producers who are really showing the big houses how it’s done.
The only day of the year Montalto is closed.
Our Extended Summer Hours start today and continue until Australia Day
Cellar Door: Daily 11am-5pm
Restaurant: Lunch daily, Dinner Monday-Saturday
Piazza Cafe: Open for lunch daily
Picnics: Daily from 12pm
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.
Montalto Extended Summer Opening Hours end
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
ABUNDANCE LUNCH AT MONTALTO
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.
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.
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.