Polperro News

It's a new vintage...

Sam Coverdale, Polperro & Even Keel, and Michael Demagistris ex. East Bar and Dining, Noma, Alinea, invite you to spend the evening with them in the Polperro Dining Room as they showcase the future direction and vision of the Polperro Winery group.

FRIDAY 25TH MAY 2018 - 6:30pm - Late

Let us offer an experience where we take you on a tour of our pre-release menu perfectly matched with 5 Polperro Single Vineyard Wines & a preview of Michael’s newly designed cocktails- $180 per person.

Join Winemaker and owner of Polperro wines, Sam Coverdale, for an exclusive first release of his 2016 single vineyard Polperro wines. As a taste of things to come, this dinner event also marks the formal introduction of our new Executive Chef Michael Demagistris. The menu will showcase Michael’s future food direction for the bistro and feature homegrown and local seasonal produce, supported with ingredients foraged from surrounding costal and roadside locations on the Mornington Peninsula.

Bookings - Lauren info@polperrowines.com.au or ph. 03 5989 2471 

Australia Day Lawn Party

Our Summer lawn party at Polperro is back for the Australia Day long weekend. Get a group together and come on down.

Enjoy a party atmosphere on the Polperro lawn, we’ll have live music, DJ sets, food and wine. Kick back with your mates and relax by the vines. To get the party started, our full range of wines will be available by the glass, with bottles available at cellar door prices.

Tunes will be playing from midday, we’ll kick off with live acoustics by Aaron Speed before easing into the afternoon with some dance tunes from DJ Brent Osborne.

The lawn kitchen will be serving our new lawn bar snack menu, cheese and charcuterie to accompany our wines, plus freshly shucked oysters to order.

Your $25 ticket includes entry to the lawn party, your personal branded Polperro glass, a taste of our current release Even Keel wines at the pop-up cellar door and a glass of your favourite wine selection. Tickets on sale until 25th January 4pm.

Tickets here


Polperro Announces - New Executive & Head Chef

For immediate release 12 December 2017

Polperro welcomes two high calibre chefs to enrich their culinary offering on the Mornington Peninsula. Polperro owners Sam Coverdale and Emma Phillips are proud to announce Executive Chef Michael Demagistris (East Bar & Dining, Alinea, Chicago, and Noma, Copenhagen) and Head Chef Shane Burke (Barn & Co., Stokehouse, Circa) will join the Polperro Bistro team, bringing with them a wealth of experience, unwavering enthusiasm and a wholehearted love for the local region.

Combining their distinguished careers, passion and cohesive vision, it was a no-brainer to hire the pair to elevate Polperro’s food offering. Michael and Shane will build upon the foundations of the kitchen, continuing to respect and highlight regional produce. The menu will still feature fresh and seasonal flavours that complement the Polperro and Even Keel wines, while fostering the ethos of sharing and kinship.

The recruitment search for a chef took the Polperro team worldwide, however, there was strong desire to uncover talent on their home turf of the Mornington Peninsula. “Initially when we put the feelers out to recruit new leaders for our kitchen team, we didn’t realise they would be practically on our doorstep”, reflected Polperro owner and winegrower/winemaker Sam Coverdale.

“We are really passionate about the quality and depth of experience on the Mornington Peninsula. There is some unbelievable local talent here which we want to foster and highlight. There’s also the added benefit of understanding the local produce and our seasons which is vital for Polperro’s future direction. We’re excited to provide Michael and Shane with the platform that will allow them to showcase their talent in the region.”

It was Michael’s passion for foraging and respect for regional produce that initially caught the eye of the Polperro team. While his culinary skills and knowledge are exceptional, Michael’s devotion to his craft and his food direction was well-matched to Polperro’s concept of delivering a dining experience that’s built on the foundation of authenticity, flavour and seasonal produce.

Shane’s heartfelt approach to flavour is unmistakable, his strength in running large high-quality operations and his wealth of experience made him an attractive candidate for the Head Chef position. It was clear from the outset, his infectious energy and team oriented nature would be a good fit for Polperro.

Both chefs met during the recruitment process, and it was refreshing to see how genuinely enthusiastic they were about working together as a leadership team. They’re looking forward to combining their distinguished careers and unifying their ideas to elevate Polperro’s food offering.

“Michael and Shane complement each other incredibly well and we’re very conscious of setting both chefs up for success and ensuring their talents are showcased at the highest level”, explained Emma Phillips.

The duo will collaborate with winemaker Sam as the synergy between the vineyard and kitchen continues to be at the forefront of the Polperro ethos. Leading the kitchen, Michael and Shane will also work closely with Polperro Bistro manager Morgane Mainguy who has built a professional and passionate front of house team. As such, it was imperative that the two new chefs were a cultural fit within the Polperro family.

“Increasing the horsepower and capacity in the kitchen allows us to remain true to our commitment to developing our staff and becoming well known for this across the region.”

“We’re very conscious that it’s people who make a business great. By building a team of professionals who can execute a shared vision, we can provide a consistency of excellence while continuing to innovate. This is how we want to differentiate ourselves,” explained Emma Phillips.

The recruitment of Michael and Shane arose four months ago after Polperro’s current head chef Daniel Kerekes decided to pursue his dream of travelling overseas in search of a unique business venture. The employment of not one, but two super passionate professionals allows the team to build on the momentum Daniel has created in the Polperro kitchen. Daniel will continue to work with the kitchen throughout the summer, ensuring a smooth transition into 2018.

The collaboration of Executive Chef Michael Demagistris and Head Chef Shane Burke is a coming of age for Polperro and provides the team with an opportunity to grow and elevate the Polperro brand. A renewed energy continues to raise the bar and enhance the Polperro experience delivering upon Sam and Emma’s vision.


To learn more about Michael and Shane please click on the document link below. 

Polperro Winery Picnics

Available October - April 

Enjoy an experience unlike any other on the Mornington Peninsula. Venture out and explore the stunning Polperro vineyard grounds with a rustic and delicious Picnic. We share with you, our most treasured, hidden spaces on the Polperro property, in the heart of Red Hill. Wander down the produce garden path, past the ancient angophoras and settle in for a long lazy afternoon.

Further information www.polperrowines.com.au/picnics

Paddock, Plate & Pour

Paddock, Plate & Pour -Polperro estate dinner

Our Winemaker, Chef and Gardener bring unique skill and knowhow to the table at Polperro. Through their craft, each makes an individual artistic mark on our food, wine and property. Learn about the journey, inspirations and seasonal collaboration between our team. Stories from Sam (Winemaker), Daniel (Chef) and Jess (Gardener), over a casual dinner.

Seasonal share plates will showcase estate grown produce. With each course matched to our premium Polperro wines. Glasses at the ready, as this will be the last chance to taste our 2015 single vineyard wines. Sam, will also introduce a few new release 2016 estate wines. Settle in with us for a fun and relaxed night in the Polperro dining room.

Limited tables available. 

Bookings bistro@polperrowines.com.au or ph. (03) 5989 2471


Friday 28th July 2017

7:00pm arrival for a 7:30pm start

$125 per person - 5 courses + 6 wines

Polperro Winery on MasterChef

Polperro was fortunate enough to play host to MasterChef Australia for a Mornington Peninsula masterclass with celebrity chef, Heston Blumenthal. 

Our 25 acre property was the star of the show on Channel 10, Thursday the 22nd of June 2017 . The episode featured the three judges we know and love,  Gary Mehigan  Matt Preston and George Calombaris cooking alongside Heston Blumenthal. 

We are so proud that the Masterchef crew chose us and Red Hill as their location for the final roadshow Masterclass destination. ⠀⠀

The Master Chef team came to visit months ago and fell in love with the Polperro brand, the stunning property and our gorgeous staff. We had an incredible day working with the extensive crew from sunrise to late in the evening. It was yet another awesome experience in this crazy journey we are on seeing all that goes into a number 1 national rating production like this. If you missed it visit Ten Play to catch the episode https://tenplay.com.au/channel-ten/masterchef

Pinot Gris Gathering at Polperro - ft. Ocean Eight & TONKA CODA

Sam Coverdale (Polperro & Even Keel) and Mike Ayleward ( Ocean Eight Vineyard & Winery) invite you to spend an evening celebrating the evolution in the quality and diversity of Mornington Pinot Gris and it’s unique flavour profile which is accentuated by the flavours of Asian Cuisine.

Unearth the quality and versatility of Mornington Pinot Gris and it’s ability to pair with Asian flavours during a wine matched evening, where we showcase a broad selection of Pinot Gris paired with the renowned food of Adam D’Sylva of Tonka and Coda restaurants.

7pm arrival for a 7:30pm start 7 courses & 11 wines on tasting .

Book via bistro@polperrowines.com.au or ph.5989 2471 limited seating available.

Join Our Team

We are Hiring! 

Currently seeking an experienced Commis Chef ,senior and experienced wait staff  for some awesome positions at Polperro. Join our growing team on the Mornington Peninsula. 

If you have prior experience, a great attitude and love of great food and wine- send us your Resumé. Weekend availability is a must. Contact bistro@polperrowines.com.au with your application.

More details via SEEK 

Australia Day with a DJ

Were throwing our favourite annual event to celebrate the Australia Day Long Weekend at Polperro.

Taste our current release Even Keel wines at the pop up cellar door, grab some snacks from Polperro Kitchen and enjoy the the tunes provided by DJ RICE-E and a special guest. To cheers Australia day , we will be selling all our wines at cellar door prices as part of your event ticket . 

An all inclusive ticket at our special early bird price of $47.50 includes a Polperro Riedel Glass, a tasting of our new release Even Keel wines, 2 hearty lawn snacks prepared by Polperro Kitchen, and music from our resident DJ. 

A regular at the George Basement Bar he's known as a "purveyor of seductive, soulful beats and feel-good grooves". The set starts at 12pm and will continue well into the arvo.

General Release dates 25th December 12pm- Tickets Here

This is a ticketed event only. No entry available on the day if tickets are sold out.

Gourmet Traveller Wine Top 100 wines

We are proud to feature 4 of our wines in the Gourmet Traveller top 100 wines.Awesome to see Mornington Peninsula Pinot Gris from winemaker Sam Coverdale making waves alongside our single vineyard Pinot Noir. Read the reviews below.

2015 Polperro Pinot Gris, 5 stars ,95 points "A serious gris, perhaps showing its oak a little strongly at this stage, but the complexity and depth are unarguable. Intense, rich aromas and flavours of nutty barrel-ferment coupled with tropical fruit notes. Concentrated and powerful." 

2015 Even Keel Pinot Gris, 4 stars,93 points "This has a bright yellow hue and a rich, nutty, spicy aroma which suggest some barrel fermentation, while the palate has more depth and presence than most Aussie gris. Lovely texture and drinkability. From Polperro winemaker Sam Coverdale." 

2014 Polperro Mill Hill Pinot Noir, 5 stars ,95 points "Excellent deep red-purple hue and a rich, foresty bouquet with lavish oak and black cherry to dark plum fruit aromas. The palate is rich and full, soft and broad, showing more character the longer it was aired. It will age well. A top pinot." 

2015 Polperro Pinot Noir, 4 stars ,94 points "Medium red-purple in colour; the bouquet offers fresh herbs together with raspberry. It has a charming feathery lightness. Medium-bodied, softly textured but quite intense in its bright, deep fruit-driven flavours. It's lovely now with ageing potential" 

Purchase wines here 

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