Journeys through Victoria: Montalto winemaker John Mitchell share his tips

Montalto owner John Mitchell

John Mitchell – Montalto

‘After 10 years my passion for our beautiful site at Montalto hasn’t waned, it has deepened’, says John Mitchell, the UK-born founder of Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.

Looking around at John’s family business and home for the past 15 years, with its award-winning wine, innovative sculptures and ‘estate to plate’ dining ethos, it’s easy to see why. Montalto has grown from the seed of idea of a UK family into a glorious operation, welcoming wine lovers, foodies and artistic types from around the world.

So what is it that makes Melbourne and Victoria so special? ‘Food, art, ideas.

My favourite restaurant in Melbourne is Donovans: great for its consistent excellence in food and service as well as its generosity of hospitality’.

‘Given a free weekend on the Mornington Peninsula, I would go walking along the beach in Point Leo and Shoreham, for a fish or a sail in Westernport Bay from Flinders. If I was lucky, we would enjoy freshly caught fish with a Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay  or some mussels from Flinders Pier.

If not I would dine out at one of the Mornington Peninsula’s extraordinary vineyard restaurants.  The next day would be gathering some gourmet treats from farmgates: locally made artisan cheese, chocolates and some cellar door visits.’

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