Polperro: Be Transported Through Fine Wine & Dining
Address: 148/150 Red Hill Rd, Red Hill Vic 3937
Varieties: Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, Syrah
The Mornington Peninsula is a world-renowned wine region, but its easy accessibility for Melbourne locals can sometimes make it go a bit underappreciated. This is never the case when you step onto the property of Polperro, an estate of premium-level wine and next level elegance in fine dining.
On Wine Compass’ tours, Polperro’s fine dining options provide a fantastic option for a lunch stop, often with a wine tasting before or after. You can even stay in your seat and have each tipple brought to you at the table, adding to the overall level of luxury and comfort of the experience.
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They produce modern bistro food using top quality produce, that is not trying to be too fancy, but still has a little bit of flare. Food bridges the gap between simple and fancy and will appeal to anyone from pub food lovers to serious foodies.
Polperro’s offerings are split into two groupings: Even Keel and Polperro. Their Even Keel range is brought in from various cool-climate regions around Australia, taking advantage of the many talented vineyards we have in our expansive backyard. The Polperro range includes single vineyard wines from the Mornington Peninsula, with benchmark examples of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.
The feeling of being transported into a completely different world begins the minute you head down the driveway, which descends partway down a hill to add to the feeling of exclusive seclusion away from the rest of Victoria. Once inside you’ll be privy to spectacular sweeping views over the vines from the comfort of a modern and chic dining room.
What we like
Don’t be put off by the potentially intimidating idea of fine dining experience; the staff at Polperro are particularly talented at making you feel relaxed and at home. Their friendliness and high level of energy creates the kind of environment you won’t want to leave in a hurry!
What we don’t like
Word is getting around and Polperro is becoming increasingly popular, which can make it hard to book. There’s also the fact that they only accept small groups of up to 10 (12, at a stretch), which can really put a limit on things.
Their cellar door experience also isn’t very consistent; depending on the day sometimes visitors will enjoy top-shelf varieties, sometimes they won’t.