SIZE & LOCATION
SIZE & LOCATION
SAVING HEIRLOOM SEEDS
Julie has been an important part of the Montalto team for the last 20 years, beginning her time in our vineyards and moving into our produce gardens seven years ago to assist Wendy Mitchell on the daily running of our gardens. She took over the reins five years ago, expanding our productive growing areas to just over three acres and spanning our 80-acre property.
Julie runs our produce gardens and cares for our bees, sheep, chickens and goats.
Her holistic and organic approach to farming sees the important integration of livestock, our need to grow and save heirloom vegetables and the composting of all green and brown waste which is kept on-farm and used to enrich our soils. Our produce is grown using organic principles and from heirloom seeds saved each year. It feeds off handmade compost, it’s pollinated by our own bees and the produce is prepared and served on the same day it is harvested.
Our gardens are both engaging and inspirational and the perfect platform for Julie to educate chefs and visitors about the importance of a locally grown, sustainable food system, the importance of keeping heirloom vegetables grown in our gardens and the security which comes with it.
2021 marked the start of a new era in the Montalto estate gardens: the arrival of animals as part of our commitment to sustainability and permaculture.
We have 3 cheeky sheep who live a lovely life on Pennon Hill, keeping the grass down and gobbling up any windfall fruit. Our 40 Isa Brown chickens (from local producer Yolky Dokey) roam our orchards enjoying a delicious diet of estate-grown fruits, vegetables and seeds whilst providing our kitchens with an endless supply of the very freshest eggs. Both add to the soil quality and diversity also.
In late 2021, we welcomed 2 baby goats – affectionately known as Morrey and Monty – to help keep noxious weeds (like blackberries) at bay whilst maintaining the wetlands and their surrounds.
Our menagerie will continue to grow organically and sustainably in the coming months and years so keep a lookout for our new friends next time you come to visit.
MADE WITH LOVE, BY US, FOR YOU.
We’ve always carefully preserved what we weren’t able to use on the day of harvest. This has led to some outstanding pantry items over the years including permanent items like our much-loved olives and olive oils, along with limited edition seasonal products, informed by the abundance of the kitchen garden harvests. We’ve loved using these products in our kitchens and have adored hearing how much our guests have enjoyed them in their homes too.
As our gardens continue to expand, grow and flourish, this has allowed us the unique opportunity to explore the introduction of a permanent pantry collection which showcases the very best of our estate-grown produce.
In order to ensure our exceptional produce was handled with the utmost care and skill, we’ve partnered with local company, Mumma Made (who specialises in small-run pickles and preserves), to create our brand new pantry collection.
The Montalto Estate Gardens provide our kitchens with an abundance of incredible produce throughout the year. Our harvest calendar is a seasonal guide to what you can expect to see on our menus throughout the year in The Restaurant and The Piazza.
Tomatoes, Garlic, garlic chive flowers, Globe artichokes, zucchini, Leeks, eggplant, cucumbers, sweetcorn, beans, radishes, salad mix, carrots, rainbow chard, baby potatoes, perpetual spinach, beetroot, elderflowers and berries, blood plums, apricots, raspberries, rhubarb, basil, bronze
fennel, shiso bi-coloured, red orach spinach, Osaka mustard, liquorice root, wasabi greens, chillies and lots of edible flowers.
Tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, cucumbers, sweetcorn, potatoes, beans, radishes, salad mix, carrots, rainbow chard, perpetual spinach, beetroot, elderflowers and berries, apples, Quinces, Medlars, Buerre Bosc pears, figs, blood plums, last of the apricots, raspberries, rhubarb, basil, shiso bicoloured, bronze fennel, Osaka mustard, wasabi greens, chillies.’Golden Nugget’ pumpkins, lots of edible flowers.
Lots of apples, figs, tamarillos, persimmons, blackberries, tomatoes, tomatillos, zucchini, cucumbers, eggplant, leeks, corn, beans, radishes, salad mix, carrots, chard, perpetual spinach, bronze fennel, beetroot, elderberries, rhubarb, basil, wasabi greens, Osaka mustard, amaranth, chillies, pumpkins -all varieties.
Tamarillos, Figs, apples, quince, Autumn raspberries, pumpkins, rainbow chard, last of the beans, last of the zucchini, last of the cucumbers, basil, tomatoes, eggplant, chillies, rhubarb, tomatoes, salad greens, beetroot, amaranth, carrots, radishes, garlic chives.
Usually a bit of a hungry gap time, but, carrots, radish, mustard greens, beetroot, salad mix, kiwifruit (usually a crate), olives, rhubarb, last of the figs, last of the apples, feijoas, guavas,
Cime di rapa, broccoli, kales, radish, beetroot, citrus, rhubarb, tamarillos. Jerusalem artichokes.
Kales, broccoli, cauliflower, leeks, radicchio, Jerusalem artichokes, rainbow chard, radish, turnips, beetroot, broad bean tips, citrus.
Kales, broccoli, cauliflower, leeks, radicchio, green garlic, rainbow chard, carrots, radish, beetroot, broad bean tips, mustard greens, citrus.
Kales, broccoli, cauliflower, leeks, radicchio, rainbow chard, green garlic, carrots, radish, turnips, beetroot, broad bean tips, mustard greens, citrus, peas, parsnips, snow peas.
Kales, last of the broccoli, last of the cauliflower, leeks, last of the radicchio, rainbow chard, carrots, radish, turnips, beetroot, broad bean tips, broad beans, salad mix, mustard greens, citrus, peas, snow peas.
Broadbeans, carrots, radish, salad mix, mustard greens, turnips, rhubarb.
Zucchini, cucumber, beans (bush and climbers), salad mix, mustard greens, shiso, basil, lovage, Apricots (earliest is Moorpark), tomatoes- if we’re lucky!
A guided exploration of the property will show you the best of the seasonal cycle at Montalto. Our Red Hill working vineyard and olive grove, kitchen gardens, fruit orchard and berry plantation make for a fantastic visit any time of the year.
Includes a guided kitchen garden tour, hosted wine tasting and multi-course lunch with matched wines in Montalto Restaurant.
Gift certificates are also available.