October 2014

23 October

Winemakers Dinner in Sydney at Wine Odyssey

For all our Sydney friends here’s one for you. On Thursday 23rd October Winemaker Simon Black will be at Wine Odyssey for a 5 course dinner with 7 Montalto wines. Come and listen to Simon and discover what makes our wine different. There’s lots of excitement surrounding our wines at the moment with these 3 significant recent awards and reviews.

2013 The Eleven Single Vineyard Chardonnay  - Mornington Peninsula regional winner, James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge 2014
2013 Tuerong Block Single Vineyard Pinot Noir - Trophy and Top Gold, Perth Wine Show 2014
2012 The Eleven Single Vineyard Chardonnay – 97 Points James Halliday Wine Companion 2014

Wine Odyssey Australia 39/43 Argyle St, The Rocks NSW 2000
Thursday 23rd October, 7pm
Cost $85 Per Person

Bookings HERE

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.


04 November

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.

14 November

The Wheeler Centre with Michelle de Kretser Friday 14 November – BOOKED OUT

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.


December 2014

07 December

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.

25 December

Christmas Day

The only day of the year Montalto is closed.

26 December

Boxing Day

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

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.

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.

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

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.