Best places for wine and sculpture on the Mornington Peninsula
Point Leo Estate
Point Leo Estate has long been revered for its dedication to epicurean delights, seating over 100 in its restaurant and cellar door. With a curated menu refined from local suppliers and a showcase of scented aromas, wine lovers can enjoy a quaff from the Estate itself, featuring Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Shiraz.
Surrounded by verdant and cascading vines, the coastal winery boasts spectacular views of their 50-acre vineyard, alongside sights and smells of the nearby ocean. In a marvellous stroke of ingenuity, Point Leo Estate incorporated the Sculpture Park within its grounds in 2017, making its art-and-wine trail a must-visit location for anyone visiting the Mornington Peninsula region.
Conceived by the Gandel family and curated by Geoffrey Edwards, the artworks for the ‘outdoor gallery by the sea’ are acquired according to guiding principles that ‘represent the key movements, styles, processes and practitioners that define any given period of modern and contemporary art history.’ Although The Sculpture Park is relatively new to the outdoor gallery scene, Edwards is proud to mention that the destination has already drawn worldwide acclaim.
As a predominantly outdoor exhibition with 50 or so works streamed around the property, Edwards adds that considerations were taken for these to be of a ‘monumental and free-standing nature’. There are many ways in which the artworks can be sourced, he says, ‘through dealers, agents and auction houses, while proposals are regularly received from studios and agents around the world.’
Standout pieces in the current exhibit include acclaimed Indigenous artist Reko Rennie’s Mirri, created specifically for The Sculpture Park, and Spanish artist Jaume Plensa’s ‘Laura', a colossal head of a young woman wearing an expression of ‘quiet meditation’, inspired by portraits made of young women in Barcelona.
For those wanting to book a stay and explore all the region has to offer, RACV Cape Schanck Resort prides itself on a local partnership with Point Leo Estate, which, Edwards points out ‘enhances the visitor’s experience of the region generally and, more specifically, of the cultural and lifestyle offerings at each of these world-class destinations.’ Both sites showcase a classic coastal landscape easily reached in little more than an hour from Melbourne’s CBD.
Intended as a permanent cultural destination, Edwards states that while The Sculpture Park is here to stay, it remains a ‘constantly evolving project’ with new artworks and artists to explore. Whilst he doesn’t play favourites, he does mention that Inge King’s Grand Arch certainly ‘sets the scene’ upon arrival to The Sculpture Park at Point Leo Estate.