Why Mornington Peninsula?
Lindenderry in Red Hill is a boutique hotel surrounded by immaculately presented gardens, lawns and vines. There are 40 designer guestrooms, a restaurant, day spa and a vineyard that produces top-shelf cool-climate chardonnay and pinot noir. You’re best served sitting on the deck of your room or wandering the gardens, two of the more relaxing ways to enjoy the region after a day exploring the vines.
For something more pampered, book in a treatment at the day spa and pre-order the picnic hamper. Stop by the cellar door and try the Estate wines, before exploring the Mornington Peninsula’s other top vineyards, including Ten Minutes by Tractor, Stonier and Moorooduc Estate. When at Ten Minutes by Tractor, make sure you have time to order up a cheese plate that includes local stars Fingal Gold from Red Hill and Caprinella from Main Ridge. Head down to the Merricks General Store for lunch and a wine
tasting of local drops Quealy, Ballieu and Elgee Park on the premises, and Stonier next door.
Lindenderry, 142 Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill 3937. 03 5989 2933. Rates: from $220 per night.
Lindenderry’s restaurant, Linden Tree, is located at the front of the hotel and overlooking the cypress tree-lined drive. Here, the menu emphasises good regional produce and right now you need to be trying the pressed pork belly, rabbit rillette and the Main Ridge Cashmere goat’s curd with heirloom tomatoes for a starter. More substantially, it’s a meat fest highlighted by the roast lamb rump, slow-cooked short rib of beef and Flinders Island wallaby that goes down delightfully well with a glass of the 2008 Lindenderry Estate Pinot Noir. Save room for the sticky date and orange pudding.
Time Out Tip
Before heading back to town on the M3, give Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm a look-in for a punnet of hand-picked strawberries, or at the very least grab some homemade strawberry ice cream. 244 Shands Rd, Main Ridge 3928. 03 5989 4500.