Box Stallion Review
Box Stallion winery and restaurant are housed in a rustic redbrick barn that once housed the thoroughbred stallions of the illustrious Muranna Park racing stable. A visit is a reminder of the other important Mornington Peninsula industry—horse breeding. The winery, set on 100 acres, is not only full of country charm, but is said to be the peninsula's leading producer of varietal wine. The Shiraz is the stable's most awarded wine, while their Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir have picked up a few medals as well. All wines are grown and made on the estate by winemaker Alex White. Tours can be arranged for the technically savvy visitor with advanced notice. Meals, served either indoors in the barn Cellar Door (the former horse boxes have been retained as dining areas for small groups) or outside under big canvas umbrellas, will not break the bank. A grazing platter of many delicacies such as eggplant rolls filled with ricotta cheese, cheeses, olives, and dips suits two people (A$35), and the lemon, garlic, and parsley prawns on a risotto of celery and saffron is A$30. The starters (or entrées as they're called in Australia) are cheaper and are often quite large. On Sunday there's live music (blues and country folk) from 12:30 pm. Wine tastings are free, but there are no group tastings on Sunday during the busy hours of 11–3.
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