Epicurean adventures: Lindenderry at Red Hill
It seems that the rest of the world is beginning to appreciate what we have always known; that Australian food and wine is among the best in the world. Tourism Australia found recently that international visitors ranked Australia second in the world as a gourmet destination, behind only the culinary powerhouse of France. Luxury Travel magazine has chosen some of the best epicurean experiences in Australia for you to explore.
By Luxury Travel magazine | Published #59, Winter 2014
If you’re serious about your food and wine you won’t need much coaxing to visit the Mornington Peninsula, home to Lindenderry at Red Hill. The winery on the estate, Lindenderry Wines, was named a a five-star winery in the 2014 edition of the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, while the boutique hotel has recently undergone a soft refurbishment. Stroll down to the cellar door for a tasting of its award-wining vintages (the 2011 Red Hill Estate chardonnay is a crowd favourite) before sitting back with a grazing plate of cured meats and pickles, looking out over the vines. Dinner at The Linden Tree is a more intimate affair with executive chef Phillip Edwards (a former Chef of the Year) plating up seasonal fare with, of course, brilliant wines. Lindenderry is just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne, longer of course if you stop at all the wineries along the way.
Rooms are priced from A$440 per night. lancemore.com.au/lindenderry
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The best time to visit the Mornington Peninsula is in summer, between December and March. The weather is warm and experiences the lowest rainfall of the year. Temperatures average in the mid to low twenties, providing a comfortable climate for a number of activities. The lowest temperatures coincide with the highest rainfall, generally occurring between June and September. March and April experience less crowds, and average temperatures in the low twenties.
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