The Pt. Leo Angus herd
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Pt. Leo Estate’s herd of 100 Angus cows don’t just look good, they also taste great. You’ll find them on the menu of the cellar door’s 110-seat bistro. Image: Lauren Bamford.
Executive chef of Pt. Leo Restaurant Phil Wood
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Former Rockpool executive chef Phil Wood has made the sea change to the Mornington Peninsula to oversee Pt. Leo Estate’s bistro and a 40-seat destination restaurant due to open by the end of the year. Image credit: Lauren Bamford.
Ricotta and polenta cakes
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One of Wood’s new creations for Pt. Leo Estate: ricotta and polenta cakes with pickled fennel and nutty Caprinella goat’s cheese from Main Ridge Dairy. “You have all these generational farmers here who have these amazing products that aren’t yet well-known,” he says. Image: Lauren Bamford.
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Southern calamari, scored and flash-grilled over coals, laced with lardo and parsley puree. “The produce is so incredible there’s not that much you have to do,” says Wood. Image: Lauren Bamford.
Pt. Leo estate wines
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The Gandel family have been making wines – pinot noir, pinot gris, chardonnay and shiraz – at Pt. Leo Estate since 2009 but the 2016 vintage is their first public release. Visitors can sample the Pt. Leo Estate, Pt. Leo Estate Reserve and Two Friends labels at the cellar door or over a meal. Image: Lauren Bamford.
The local sentry
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Gregor Kregar’s nine-metre-high silver gnome commands a prime position beside the Peninsula Link freeway that connects Melbourne to the Mornington. Image: Lauren Bamford.
Riff by Clement Meadmore
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The fluid form and physical grace of Riff (1996) by Clement Meadmore, one of Australia’s most celebrated sculptors, were inspired by his love of jazz. Image: Lauren Bamford.
Cosmic Resonance by Augustine Dall’ava
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The tumble of shapes, materials and colour in Augustine Dall’ava’s Cosmic Resonance (2011) brings to mind an acrobat or juggler – it’s all about precarious balance. Image: Lauren Bamford.
Luke by Tony Cragg
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Tony Cragg’s semi-abstract cast bronze Luke (2008) reveals the outline of a human face in profile. “Some would say (Cragg) is the most eminent sculptor working today,” says Pt. Leo Sculpture Park curator Geoffrey Edwards. Image: Lauren Bamford.
To the Centre by Greg Johns
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Greg Johns’s To the Centre (2000) frames Western Port Bay, capturing blue seas in a ring of rusted red steel. Image: Lauren Bamford.
Reflected Moon by Peter Blizzard
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Peter Blizzard’s Reflected Moon (2009), sculpted from steel, brass and aluminium, towers seven metres above the earth. Image: Lauren Bamford.
West Orbis by Robert Hague
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Detail of Robert Hague’s West Orbis (2008), one of 50 sculptures installed on the 134-hectare Pt. Leo Estate on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. Image: Lauren Bamford.
An important collection
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The Pt. Leo Estate sculptures, collected by Pauline and John Gandel over the past six decades, feature Australian modernists and key international works. Here, Lenton Parr, Augustine Dall’ava and Geoffrey Bartlett works shine above the vines. Image: Lauren Bamford.
A scenic drive
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The road to Pt. Leo Estate is typical of the peninsula’s landscape of hinterland and rolling hills rich in eucalypts, cypress pines and grape vines. Image: Lauren Bamford.
Coastal farmland in the Mornington Peninsula
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Here, a classic peninsula view of undulating farmlands with peekaboo views of the sapphire coastline. Image: Lauren Bamford.
Seedlings from the kitchen garden
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Billionaire owner John Gandel’s humble vegetable patch has been supersized to meet the needs of the bistro and restaurant at his $50-million Pt. Leo Estate development. Image: Lauren Bamford.
Up Next: The Best Beaches in and Around Melbourne
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It’s summertime and the living is easy – and more than a little bit sandy – at Victoria’s postcard-worthy beaches. From the backpacker havens of inner Melbourne to the sweeping expanses of the Great Ocean Road, we have found 10 of the best.