Party season is upon us! We’ve noticed the change in atmosphere on the estate with celebrations aplenty and the return of the long sunny lunch, and we’re loving it. Read on for info on newly released wines, upcoming events and awesome spring menus in The Piazza and The Restaurant. And stay tuned for updates on Christmas offerings and our first ever Black Friday wine sale!
“Salute spring and all its ensuing parties, picnics and BBQs with this trifecta of gems that guarantee you’ll be socialising in style this November.”- Simon Black, Chief Winemaker.
Originally hailing from the Jura region in eastern France, we’ve developed a wine style that best suits its new home in Red Hill. Bright citrus and florals, meshed with stone fruit, a little minerality and plenty of texture for good measure. It’s rich but refreshing.
The warmer season screams BBQ, and few wines match up better to some beautifully barbecued meat (or new season vegies) than a juicy, aromatic Grenache. “Grenache at Montalto”, I hear you say, well, it just so happens that the answer is, yes. With successive low-yielding vintages, we couldn’t turn down an opportunity to get our hands on some outstanding Heathcote Grenache.
Keep an eye on your inboxes and our socials for more new releases coming soon!
Did you know that our new release wines are shared with our Wine Club before being released more broadly? Being a member of our Wine Club is also the only way to access discounts from across our portfolio.
For the very first time, we’re excited to be offering discounts to non-Wine Club members for our Black Friday sale!
If you’re looking to stock up for Christmas, New Years and summer, watch out for our Black Friday EDM coming soon!
Cool and fresh mornings make way for sunny and warm days. We are now letting our asparagus rest and grow to its fern-like maturity in order to store energy into its roots for next year’s harvest. Our garlic is now being dug and will hang to dry, before being braided and hung in garlands in our Piazza and Restaurant. Our incredible tomatoes are growing well in our polytunnels and fields.
Zucchini plants are producing lots of male flowers that we can harvest for our chefs before the female flowers start to develop.
Our ‘Orchard Keepers’ (also known as our flock of chickens) are busy keeping pests in check, while we welcome our newly hatched next generation of hens.
"We’re waiting patiently for the first of our apricots to ripen in our orchards, and have closed the nets on our raspberry patch to keep the birds out. Our first harvest is getting close and, as every late Spring, we get to steal a few early fruits to ensure they’re up to standard for our chefs. Yum."
Please note: The Restaurant is open for lunch on Tuesday 7th November (Melbourne Cup Day). Bookings essential.
In October, Julie harvested and delivered around 20kg of beautiful Golden and Chioggia beetroots. We carefully preserved this amazing haul in a variety of different ways - some pickled, some salted and others fermented. These different styles and flavours will make for an outstanding new inclusion on our menu: Beetroot & Stracciatella. Rich creamy Stracciatella, with earthy and zingy varieties of beetroots and a dressing of toasted walnuts, our olive oil and sherry vinegar – the perfect mid-course dish.
Rhubarb is in full swing again, so what better way to make use of another bumper crop than in our new dessert: Steamed rhubarb pudding, rhubarb poached in rosemary syrup with rhubarb & milk ice cream. The lovely herbaceous-ness of the rosemary with the amazing flavour of our rhubarb will pair excellently with the smooth, creamy ice cream and the warm pudding will tie this all together perfectly.
Late spring in The Piazza is such a stunning time to enjoy the estate. Enjoy a glass of our newly released Sparkling Rosé with freshly shucked Sydney Rock Oysters on the upper deck overlooking the vines, or at one of our tables alongside Wendy’s Garden.
My must-try dish for November is our new main: grilled chicken with caponata (a super tasty, Sicilian-inspired braised vegetable dish) with labneh and rosemary-infused honey.
It’s the perfect time of year for glorious spring picnics – the lush greenness of spring growth across the estate providing the perfect backdrop for a day at Montalto. Every private picnic begins with a bespoke wine tasting in our Cellar Door. Our trained staff will help you select the perfect wine for your picnic, based on your personal preferences and the generous, seasonal menu featuring the very best of our estate-grown produce.
Montalto is thrilled to welcome twilight jazz back to Red Hill this summer as part of the Peninsula Summer Music Festival!
Join us for evening of incredible jazz with The James Morrison Quartet overlooking the vines and sculptures as the sun sets on a balmy Monday evening. The James Morrison Quartet will perform tunes spanning the history of jazz, as well as originals by Morrison himself and other Australian jazz greats.
Time is running out to lock in your festive events at Montalto! If you’re planning an end of year or summer holiday celebration with family, friends or colleagues, we’ve prepared some amazing festive dining packages.
Our sister-estate Tucks installed a state-of-the-art, all weather, marquee specifically designed to host exclusive events throughout the year whilst still enjoying the photographer’s dream that is the Tucks property. Flexible packages, exclusive use of the property, plenty of parking and group activities are just a few of the reasons to book Tucks for your next celebration. Email the team to find out more: firstname.lastname@example.org