The Cups Estate: Exceptional Views Paired With Amazing Food
Address: 269 Browns Rd, Fingal VIC 3939
Varieties: Sparkling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Rose, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Sparkling Shiraz, Moscato
Views over the olive grove (source: The Cups Facebook)
A stunning view over the olive grove is the first thing you see when you arrive. The Cups is set-up to really take advantage of it’s location, with outdoor seating and floor to ceiling glass windows. The restaurant is the main game here, it is often packed, but the service remains friendly and attentive but wine tastings are also available.
For more interesting wine stuff, follow us on:
Wines are good quality and reasonably priced, although not considered as a premium producer on the Peninsula. What The Cups Estate wines do do is pair exceptionally well with their food selection. Pinot Noir and the Rose are favourites and on a recent visit we also purchased some back vintage Syrah which was delicious.
The Cups Estate Pinot Noir (source: The Cups Facebook)
The grazing part of the menu is where a lot of the highlights lie and the calamari tacos are famous with the locals. The chefs menu for groups of 10+ offer a fantastic selection of shared dishes which is a great way to work through the menu. You will need to add on a dessert as the donuts are a must. It’s a semi-casual relaxed dining experience that doesn’t try too hard to be something it’s not.
Food at The Cups Estate including the calamari tacos (source: The Cups Facebook)
A stunning view is really taken advantage of here, an olive grove in the foreground and vines in the background, it really is a pleasing place for some decent wine and food. It’s also possible to pull up a picnic rug and sit out on the grass with some cheese, assuming the weather is on your side.
The restaurant and view (source: The Cups Facebook)
What we like
The view and food are worth travelling for and the friendly service is an added bonus. They are also pretty family friendly so you can let the littles ones run wild on the hill while mum and dad get settled with a glass or three.
What we don’t like
From our perspective it is difficult to include in most itineraries as it is more than 30 minutes south of the heart of the region, closer to Rye. If you are holidaying in Rosebud, Rye, Sorrento or Portsea though it is the closest winery to visit and it makes the most of this with many local or holidaying visitors.