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Episode 2: Lovely places to lunch

On this week's episode of Postcards, the team go above and beyond to find the loveliest places to lunch in Victoria. Brodie takes a drive to picturesque Red Hill to visit Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove's new Piazza Café. Glen heads south-west to the Bellarine Peninsula, home of Flying Brick Cider Co and Jack Rabbit Vineyard. Shane heads north-east to Yarra Valley for its TarraWarra Estate and Museum of Art. Rebecca also enjoys a trip to Red Hill for Polperro winery and its boutique luxury villas and Lauren enjoys a little piece of Italy in Victoria at Olivigna Estate in Warrandyte.

Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove

Boasting bountiful surrounding landscapes and perfect scenic vistas, Montalto is a family run winery and olive grove in Red Hill. Sharing their passion for their organically grown kitchen garden and orchard, Montalto's point of difference is its connection to the land in which it resides. Experience its award-winning restaurant and new architecturally designed Piazza café and be sure to check out the permanent collection of quirky sculptures on the grounds.

Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove
33 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South
Ph 03 5989 8412
montalto.com.au

Flying Brick Cider Co and Jack Rabbit

For a lunch with unrivalled bay views of Geelong and the You Yangs, Jack Rabbit Vineyard is home to delicious award-winning food and wine. Choose from a more sophisticated a la carte lunch in their restaurant or a relaxed style meal in their café.
Be sure to take part in a guided wine tasting of their cool climate wines running seven days a week.

If cider is your beverage of choice, the Bellarine Peninsula is also home to the first cider brewing place on the Peninsula; Flying Brick Cider Company. Taste traditionally crafted cider made from 100 per cent fresh apples and pears out on their sun-filled lawn or along with a popular charcuterie platter inside their retro inspired restaurant.

Flying Brick Cider Co
1251 – 1269 Bellarine Highway, Wallington
Ph 03 5250 6577
flyingbrickciderco.com.au

Jack Rabbit Vineyard
85 McAdams Lane, Bellarine
Ph 03 5251 2223
jackrabbitvineyard.com.au

TarraWarra Estate

TarraWarra Estate is a destination where great food, wine and art all collide.
Known for its outstanding pinot noir and chardonnay, enjoy a glass of vino on their new sunny deck with a leisurely lunch, or head indoors to experience their more lavish menu curated around the season and produce grown on site. For a well-rounded TarraWarra experience, a visit to the TarraWarra Museum of Art just next door is a must. Displaying Australian art from the last couple of decades, wander through the exhibitions yourself or book in a tour.

TarraWarra Estate
311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Yarra Glen
Ph 03 5962 3311
tarrawarra.com.au
 
TarraWarra Museum of Art
Ph 03 5957 3100
twma.com.au

Olivigna

Find a little slice of Italy at Olivigna in Warrandyte. Fill in a whole day whether it's staring out at panoramic views of surrounding landscapes, sipping on wine at their cellar door, shopping at their produce store, dining alfresco on their cobblestone piazza or eating inside at their acclaimed La Sala restaurant. If that's not enough; learn how to do it yourself in an Italian cooking class on offer, take part in a bocce game and most of all relax.

Olivigna
54 – 56 Brumbys Road, Warrandyte South
Ph 03 9844 4676
olivigna.com.au

Polperro

Submerse yourself in an authentic vineyard, food and wine experience at Polperro winery. Situated in the charming location of Red Hill, Polperro takes you out of Melbourne and into a state of luxury and indulgence. Valuing the land in which the food and wine is grown, eat fresh, seasonal produce in their bistro or stay amongst the vines in one of their boutique villas featuring an open fire place, central spa bath and vineyard views.

Polperro

150 Red Hill Road, Red Hill
Ph 03 5989 2471
polperrowines.com.au

Hot Hut Yoga

Ph 03 5989 2471
hothutyoga.com.au

Postcards Diary

Dandelion Wishes Charity Gala
If you love to give then join a glamourous night at Crown's Palladium for the Dandelion Wishes Charity Gala and raise funds for the new Monash Children's Hospital.

Where: Crown Palladium
When: 26 February, 2016
More: dandelionwishesgala.com.au

Berwick Show
For a fun weekend with activities ranging from animal nurseries to wood chopping to fireworks, make sure you catch the annual Berwick Show which has something for the whole family!
Where: Akoonah Park Berwick
When: 27 – 28 February, 2016
More: berwickshow.org.au

Andy Warhol, Ai Weiwei Exhibition
To celebrate the great art of two international iconic artists – Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei, head to the National Gallery of Victoria's newest exhibition.|

Where: National Gallery of Victoria
When: 11 December – 24 April, 2016
More: ngv.vic.gov.au