Here’s something thing to add to summer’s must-do list: a drink at Pt. Leo Estate’s Terrace Bar in the recently opened $50 million winery, restaurant and sculpture park complex on the Mornington Peninsula. It’s a good place to fortify yourself before or after a trek around the impressive sculpture collection, in the bar indoors or outside on the white terrazzo-paved terrace.
Both options offer a superb view of a smattering of name-brand sculptures (Tony Cragg, Clement Meadmore) against the gobsmacking backdrop of Westernport Bay and Phillip Island: you get to appreciate art and nature while keeping quality booze and good bar snacks in close proximity. Win-win.
Don’t ignore the rest of what’s on offer, however. Pt. Leo’s restaurant, headed by chef Phil Wood (ex-Rockpool), is a sophisticated modern Australian bistro already among regional Victoria’s best. But for those who don’t feel like committing to lunch, the Terrace Bar still grants access to Phil’s food and the restaurant wine list – a mix of the estate’s own wines with a range of Victoria’s best and some benchmark labels from the Old World.
Given that the view includes meticulously planted and groomed grape vines, sampling the estate’s own wine should be a priority.
The estate’s sculpture collection is among the world’s best and shouldn’t be missed – the Terrace Bar is the ideal place to toast its success.
Pt. Leo Estate
- 3649 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Merricks, Vic
- (03) 5989 9011