Drive down the driveway and, in the middle of the Mornington Peninsula’s Polperro Winery, you’ll discover a luxurious retreat that perfectly positions visitors to enjoy a relaxed rural food and wine experience overlooking huge gum trees, paddocks and vines.
After nailing his wine production with local favourites, pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot gris under the Polperro label, and another collection of wines under the Even Keel label with grapes from Canberra, Heathcote and Tumbarumba, Sam Coverdale turned his focus to creating a space where visitors could enjoy his wines.
In 2014, this dream came true when he and his wife, Emma, opened Polperro, which is comprised of the vineyard alongside a cellar door, luxury accommodation and bistro. With Executive Chef, Michael Demagistris, at the helm and Head Chef, Shane Burke, the dining experience is one of the best you’ll find in the region.
Drop by to taste the wine or explore the seasonal and locally sourced menu, which is designed as a creative tasting experience based around the principles of foraging, sourcing the highest quality produce possible, and “made from scratch”.
The intimate dining room and cellar door were designed by Hecker Guthrie and it is here that you will find the full range of the Polperro and Even Keel wines on show. You can also eat and drink on the deck under the shade of the enormous gum trees. As you would imagine, the menu has been designed to match seamlessly with Sam’s wines, creating a truly harmonious food and wine experience.
The kitchen garden inspires the regionally focused menu, which has a clear emphasis on seasonality and local produce from the surrounding region. Dishes are designed to create synergy between the vineyard and kitchen, incorporating the seasons into every menu. Food at Polperro puts fresh, textural and seasonal flavours at the forefront of each dish.
Dining at Polperro is casual though the food does not lack style. The menu is arranged not strictly according to course but rather under titles of first, second, third or fourth. The first courses range from small snack-sized bites to refined entrees that hero local meats and vegetables. The second and third dishes are larger and work well for sharing or as mains for those who prefer to do their own thing. Finally, the fourth dishes are a small range of desserts that range from lighter palate cleansers to richer options. For those who prefer to leave the decisions to someone else, Polperro’s Tour Menu takes you through all four courses in a share style series that showcases the kitchen garden and other dishes from the current menu.
A visit to Polperro is the ultimate escape. Those who choose to stay in one of the four glamorous villas will find themselves waking up relaxed and refreshed at one of the most beautiful places in Red Hill.