Port Phillip Estate now open on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula
New home of Kooyong and Port Phillip Estate wines
The new Port Phillip Estate winery has opened its dramatic front door on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula - a spectacular home for renowned Kooyong and Port Phillip Estate wines.
The new architectural landmark building features a restaurant, cellar door and tasting room, outside deck overlooking vineyards and Western Port Bay, and state of the art winemaking facilities. It is destined to be a showpiece for the Mornington Peninsula.
The Kooyong and Port Phillip Estate boutique vineyards are owned by Melbourne industrialist and keen yachtsman Giorgio Gjergja and his family. These estate grown cool climate wines are crafted by the winemaker Sandro Mosele. They are among the country’s most highly regarded wines and the stunning new building is a fitting showcase. It is sure to be a destination for every visitor to the popular food and wine region.
“The building reflects the level of skill, craft and artisanship that is involved in making fine wine” – Giorgio Gjergja
Designed by award-winning Wood Marsh Architecture, Port Phillip Estate appears as an elegant 120 metre wall spiraling from the landscape. The dramatic curved facade featuring limestone rammed earth is set against blue skies, bushland, vineyards and sea. Once inside the building’s bold black exterior door, the building reveals sweeping views framed by stained timber beams, limestone rammed earth walls and huge glass windows and the effect is simply breathtaking.
“We wanted to create a robust sculptural building that celebrates the rural seaside landscape and the art of winemaking” – Roger Wood, Wood Marsh Architecture
An extensive cellar door and tasting room is central to the new Port Phillip Estate. It is a wonderful setting where Mornington Peninsula visitors can taste, sample and buy wines across the full range of varietals from both Kooyong and Port Phillip Estate.
Port Phillip Estate has a spacious 85 seat dining room, where Chef Simon West’s contemporary, regional and seasonal inspired menus take the stage. Simon returns home to the Mornington Peninsula, thrilled to be back in one of Australia’s best regional destinations and creating food to complement the region’s outstanding wines. The striking, light filled interior of the restaurant has a central fireplace and panoramic views. With a list of influential Australian and international wines curated by winemaker Sandro Mosele, the scene is set for some exciting dining.
Both the cellar door tasting room and restaurant open to an expansive timber slated terrace, reminiscent of a well crafted ship’s deck, and taking advantage of the spectacular vineyard and sea outlook. This is fast becoming the Peninsula’s most sought after spot in the warmer months for enjoying a glass of wine, relaxing with friends and taking in the bay views.
Upstairs is the public face of Port Phillip Estate, but hidden below ground is the impressive and extensive winemaking, storing and bottling facilities. The large oval barrel room with its modern gothic ceiling is perfectly positioned five metres underground to provide the ideal temperature and humidity for wine storage. This winemaking heart also houses a special wine museum and cellaring facilities for back vintages of Kooyong and Port Phillip Estate wines.
Six accommodation suites will also be available at Port Phillip Estate in early 2010, luxurious and beautifully appointed rooms boasting stunning views from the bedroom and living area across vines to the bay, plus outdoor terraces for enjoying the setting.
Port Phillip Estate has been designed to include the most energy efficiency and water saving design features available. The building celebrates the beauty of the Mornington Peninsula environment, the craft of winemaking and the colors and textures of its rural location.
It adds an exciting new wine tasting and dining experience to Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula that is attracting wine lovers and visitors from all over Australia and internationally.
The new Cellar Door at Port Phillip Estate is open from 11am – 5pm seven days a week including public holidays. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.
Betsy Pie Communications
- Melbourne Surrounds (VIC)
- Mornington Peninsula (VIC)
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