22 of Victoria’s best winery pizzerias
Pucker up for pizza and prosecco at Innocent Bystander’s urban cellar door in Healesville. The uber-hip industrial eatery – with its exposed, fairy-lit roof, impressive architecture and vibrant atmosphere – is the ideal spot for a casual family lunch. Wines are available by the glass, half-litre or carafe, and are poured straight from recyclable kegs for optimum freshness. Plus, the service is friendly, wine tastings are free and they take bookings.
316-334 Maroondah Highway, Healesville. innocentbystander.com.au
Perched at the top of a hill, with a backdrop of vineyard rows that seemingly stretch into the rolling Kinglake ranges, you’ll find the Nillumbik Estate cellar door. Stop in for a slice of rustic pizza (the mushroom comes highly recommended) and sit out on the sprawling back deck as you take in the breathtaking views.
195 Clintons Road, Smiths Gully. nillumbikestate.com.au
If authentic, woodfired pizza is what you’re hankering for, Zonzo, in Yarra Glen, offers some of the state's best. Zonzo, which loosely translates to ‘wander’, seamlessly blends rustic ambience with contemporary architecture. Sip on small-batch, estate-made wines while stuffing yourself with authentic, woodfired pizzas. Don’t miss the potato pizza or the pizza alla salsiccia (pizza with Italian sausage). Bookings recommended.
957 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Yarra Glen. zonzo.com.au
Head for the hills for a laid-back, woodfired feast. Whispering Hills, in the Upper Yarra Valley, is slinging scrumptious seasonal pizzas that are made from scratch by chef Marie Anne Lyons every Saturday and Sunday. Her handcrafted sourdough is also a local favourite and often sells out before lunch, so get in early if you want to get a guaranteed slice.
580 Warburton Highway, Seville. whisperinghills.com.au
Pietro Gallo Estate
Take a trip to Tuscany without leaving the state by heading to Olivigna, at Pietro Gallo Estate in Warrandyte South. The cobblestone courtyard, which is framed by manicured hedges, lush greenery and crawling grapevines, is the ideal setting for long lunches, while the rustic restaurant imbues all the spirit of a Tuscan villa. Kick back with a glass of estate-grown wine (or house-made grappa), a bowl of fresh pasta or share a few woodfired pizzas. Buon appetito.
54-56 Brumbys Rod, Warrandyte South. pietrogalloestate.com.au
What do you get if you combine southern Italian architecture with Aussie scenery? Panton Hill Vineyard and Winery. The rustic, slate and sandstone cellar door (the sandstone from the same quarry as Parliament House) is an idyllic escape just half an hour from the hustle and bustle of the CBD. Stop in for a smoky kransky pizza or a classic potato, garlic, rosemary and cheese pizza.
145 Manuka Road, Panton Hill. pantonhillwinery.com.au
Mount Buninyong Winery
A kid-friendly cellar door might seem like an oxymoron. That is until you head to the fabulously quirky Mount Buninyong Winery, just 30 minutes' drive from RACV Goldfields Resort. Here you’ll find puzzles, ping pong and even a trampoline for kids, as well as a deliciously different pizza offering, including falafel, cheeseburger and parma pizzas. They also cater to vegan, gluten-free, low-FODMAP and keto dietary requirements. The winery is currently closed due to COVID-19 so be sure to check the website for updates before visiting.
210 Platts Road, Scotsburn. mountbuninyongwinery.com.au
Award-winning wines and a focus on regional produce combine at Werribee’s Shadowfax Winery, where the menu is designed around what’s in season in the kitchen garden. Here, four simple yet scrumptious wood-fired pizzas round out a mouth-watering Italian menu. The chilli and garlic prawn pizza with chorizo and roasted tomato is a must-try or, if pasta is more your style, twirl your fork around the spanner crab spaghetti with squid, zucchini and chilli.
K Road, Werribee, Victoria. shadowfax.com.au