Port Phillip Estate

Victoria | Mornington Peninsula

Our Review

Port Phillip Estate has been owned by Giorgio and Dianne Gjergja since 2000. The ability of the site to produce outstanding syrah, pinot noir and chardonnay, and very good sauvignon blanc, is something special. In July ’15, following the departure of winemaker Sandro Mosele, his assistant of 6 years, Glen Hayley, was appointed to take his place. The futuristic, multi-million-dollar restaurant, cellar door and winery complex, designed by award-winning Wood/Marsh Architecture, overlooks the vineyards and Westernport Bay. Exports to Canada and China. -JAMES HALLIDAY


The Home of Kooyong and Port Phillip Estate Wines
With panoramic views over undulating vineyards and the sea, Port Phillip Estate lies on a spectacular site on the picturesque Mornington Peninsula. The landmark building, designed by Wood Marsh Architecture, unfurls across the ridge, spiraling from the ground and rising to form the dramatic 120 metre eastern wall. This abstract sculptural form nestles into the landscape and conceals much of the building.

Inside, beyond the monumental limestone rammed earth exterior walls of the building, the light-filled Dining Room and Cellar Door open to an expansive outdoor timber deck taking advantage of the sweeping views. Driftwood coloured earthen walls, polished concrete floors, and dark stained timber integrate beautifully with the landscape.

A dramatic staircase descends into the belly of the building, deep underground, revealing state-of-the-art winemaking facilities, the cavernous Barrel Room, the intimate Museum Wine Library and six luxury accommodation suites that also share the panoramic views.

Many of the design initiatives embodied in Port Phillip Estate salute environmental sustainability. The rammed earth exterior walls and the generous eaves on the western side of the building shield interior spaces from the sun and help to control extreme temperature fluctuations, an integrated water reclaiming plant converts black water to grade a water for use in the vineyard, solar panels harness the power of the sun and assist to heat water and control temperature and low energy led (light emitting diode) lighting reduces energy usage by approximately 80 percent. These initiatives are part of an ongoing philosophy of environmental responsibility.

An Architectural Landmark
Port Phillip Estate was honoured with two prestigious awards at the 2010 Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Awards. The landmark building, designed by Wood Marsh Architecture, received the National Award for Commercial Architecture and the National Award for Interior Architecture.

Port Phillip Estate was also honoured at the 2010 Victorian Architecture Awards, awarded the top prize for commercial architecture, the Sir Osborn McCutcheon Award. The jury described the building as being like ‘an archaeological artefact revealed by drifting sands, the rammed earth walls of Port Phillip Estate spiral from the earth and heighten anticipation of what lies below.’

Visit Port Phillip Estate
263 Red Hill Road
Red Hill South
Mornington Peninsula
Victoria 3937 Australia
Melway reference 191 G2
Telephone +61 3 5989 4444

Trading Hours
Cellar Door
Wines to taste and purchase daily 11 am to 5 pm.
Cellar Door Bistro
Lunch Saturday to Tuesday. Reservations not required.
Dining Room
Lunch Wednesday to Sunday and public holidays.
Dinner Friday and Saturday. Reservations recommended.
Summer Trading
Extended hours during summer, telephone +61 5989 4444 or visit our website for more details.


Pinot Noir
Sauvignon Blanc

Cellar Door


The Cellar Door is the heart of Port Phillip Estate and the home of Kooyong and Port Phillip Estate wines. Its bold architecture, elegant tasting bar and spectacular views make it one of the most exciting cellar doors in Australia.

The Port Phillip Estate vineyard was established in 1987. Situated in Red Hill, the vineyard is planted on deep red loam soils of volcanic origin. Set in a natural amphi-theatre on north and east-facing slopes the vineyard is planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc.

The nearby Kooyong vineyard and winery was established in 1995. Its location in Tuerong, toward the northern end of the Mornington Peninsula, is warmer, drier and more protected. The north-facing vineyard has well drained, low vigor sedimentary soils. The majority of the site is planted to Pinot Noir, with areas of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.

Our wines are entirely estate grown and produced and strongly reflect the vineyard site attributes. The low fertility, sedimentary, light sandy clays of Kooyong support tannic, savoury wines while the deeper, redder and more friable volcanic soils of the cooler and higher Port Phillip Estate vineyard highlight attractive aromatics and lift. The winemaking is overseen by celebrated winemaker Sandro Mosele.


Sun: 11:00am till 5:00pm
Mon: 11:00am till 5:00pm
Tue: 11:00am till 5:00pm
Wed: 11:00am till 5:00pm
Thu: 11:00am till 5:00pm
Fri: 11:00am till 5:00pm
Sat: 11:00am till 5:00pm

Details are correct at time of writing

Please check winery website for up to date details




The Dining Room
The Dining Room at Port Phillip Estate is a refined space offering exceptional food and wine. The space extends to an expansive outdoor timber deck taking advantage of the sweeping vineyard and coastal views.

Simon West�s contemporary cuisine offers a modern take on the classics, celebrating cool climate seasonal produce at its best and showcasing tastes and textures without losing the integrity of the key ingredients.

The winelist showcases Kooyong and Port Phillip Estate wines and is complemented by a carefully selected cellar of old and new world vintages.

The Cellar Door Bistro
The Cellar Door Bistro offers a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with panoramic views over the vineyards and the sea beyond. The food is inspired by French provincial classics with a modern touch.

The ever changing menu features local seasonal produce and ensures that regular visitors can try something new with each visit. For those seeking an informal dining experience, the Cellar Door Bistro is a great place to unwind and enjoy excellent food and wine.




Sun: 12:00pm till 5:00pm
Mon: 12:00pm till 5:00pm
Tue: 12:00pm till 5:00pm
Wed: 12:00pm till 5:00pm
Thu: 12:00pm till 5:00pm
Fri: 12:00pm till 11:00pm
Sat: 12:00pm till 11:00pm

Details are correct at time of writing

Please check winery website for up to date details


Port Phillip Estate logo
Winemaker Glen Hayley
Established 1987
Dozens 7000
Vineyards (area) 21.04 ha
Viticulturist N/A
Opening Hours 7 days 11–5
Address 263 Red Hill Road, Red Hill, Vic 3937
Telephone (03) 5989 4444
Website www.portphillipestate.com.au