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.
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.
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.
TWILIGHT JAZZ: LA GRANDE SOIRÉE
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.