From an early age, Angela knew hospitality was her calling. Starting her career whilst still in high school at a theatre restaurant, the lights-camera-action of the experience inspired further study with a focus on all aspects of hospitality. After an adventure to Rydges in Port Douglas for a few years, a phone call from an old boss with an invitation to move to the Mornington Peninsula set the wheels in motion for a sea change which would change everything.
Flipping from Food & Beverage Manager to qualified hospitality trainer, an opportunity to join Montalto was quickly snapped up in November 2010. Angela proudly manages the administration department, a thriving space which deftly connects our estate with our much-loved customers.
Outside of her work at Montalto, Angela is the mum to 3 beautiful children: Sonny, Ari, and Frankie. In her own words “They make me unbelievably happy, and a little crazy, all at the same time!”
What does your perfect day at Montalto look like?
I’ve got to say any day at Montalto is a pretty good one, however the best thing about coming into the office every morning is my awesome team of “Admin Gals”, as we like to call ourselves. We often joke that we spend more time together than we do with our ‘real’ friends, but I am lucky to say these girls are my real friends.
Then walking down through the estate to arrive at your own private picnic site. Between the beautiful view, delicious food, and wine, it’s the perfect way to celebrate with friends and family.
If you had to pick one Montalto wine to drink forever, which one would it be, and why?
The perfect wine to have with mid-week family dinners, and it’s even more enjoyable after the kids go to bed when I have a moment to myself.
What’s your favourite season? And your favourite estate-grown produce from that season?
Being a Queenslander, my favourite season at Montalto is without a doubt summer. The estate is a hub full of people, with the most amazing atmosphere, the vines are starting to come to life and Julie’s garden is in full bloom.
The best thing about summer produce is Julie’s tomatoes. Every spring, Julie pots up a variety of heirloom tomato seedlings for visitors to Montalto to purchase. I love selecting different varieties that my family can watch grow at home throughout summer. This year our family favourite would have to be the Black Russians – so tasty!
Your favourite little-known fact about Montalto to share with visitors?
The name Montalto has come from the street John, Wendy and their family lived on in Melbourne.
Top tip on the Peninsula?
My family and I love all the amazing walks we have access to on the Peninsula. My personal favourite is Bushrangers Bay in Cape Schanck. Named after 2 escaped convicts, it’s such a beautiful spot and if you time it right, you might even be lucky enough to meet some of the local kangaroos and echidnas. After you have burnt off all of those extra calories, head to St Andrews Brewery for some relaxing tunes, and a well-deserved beer. The perfect way to spend a Sunday avoiding housework.
Angela Hillbrick works Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday so if you’re visiting during the week, definitely say hello!