One of the Mornington Peninsula’s most celebrated wineries is making its much-anticipated comeback, just in time for summer. After a venue fire in May forced Pt Leo Estate to close its two main eateries, Laura and Pt Leo Restaurant, the pair are finally gearing up to welcome customers once again. And they’ll even be dishing up some brand-new menus, under the helm of Culinary Director Josep Espuga.
Relaunching Wednesday, December 7, contemporary bistro Pt Leo Restaurant will continue to champion local suppliers via a modern menu built around the kitchen’s wood-fired oven and grill. And as before, the panoramas over the property’s 130-hectare sculpture park and beyond to Westernport Bay promise a blissful backdrop for your feed.
Also taking advantage of those enviable views is fine diner Laura, which is gearing up to reopen on Friday, December 16. Guests can look forward to a new seasonal degustation offering, heroing top-notch dairy, seafood and other local produce, alongside fine ingredients from further afield. Plus, an award-winning wine lineup by Head Sommelier Amy Oliver, delivering a generous mix of classic pours and left-field or new-wave varieties.
Walk-in-friendly casual sibling The Wine Terrace will also be reopening this month, taking the reins from the winery’s temporary dining pop-up Pt. Leo Pavilion. And the famed four-star cellar door continues to operate for wine tastings; weekend ‘snackettes’; and Saturday evenings dedicated to champagne, caviar and cocktails.
Find Pt Leo Restaurant (from December 7) and Laura (from December 17) at Pt Leo Estate, 3649 Frankston-Flinders Road, Merricks.
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