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Published October 8th 2013
A Popular Peninsula Cellar Door
Shoreham is one of those tiny coastal communities that could be missed in the blink of an eye on the way to somewhere far more substantial or memorable – just a brief flash of the general store, the vacant tennis courts and the CFA fire station on the road to somewhere else.
Pier 10 is set among the lush, vine covered hills of the Mornington Peninsula
Situated on the eastern shore of the Mornington Peninsula with views across Westernport to Phillip Island Shoreham's 500 or so residents enjoy a relaxed rural lifestyle interrupted only by the constant stream of tourists and day-trippers seeking the well documented delights of the Peninsula.
There is one Shoreham attraction though that you shouldn't miss and that's the nearby Pier 10 winery.
Pier 10 dates back to 1996 when just over 3 hectares of land was planted with a mix of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay grapes in what started as a weekend project. With the work involved in maintaining a new vineyard part-time soon turned to full-time and included development of a restaurant and cellar door.
A large percentage of Pier 10 's production is distributed via the cellar door
Today Pier 10 is a very popular Peninsula venue with a fully licensed restaurant offering a two or three course luncheon special for $35 or $42 respectively. These include treats such as Tasmanian Oyster entrées, a main of Roast Salmon, blood orange & fennel salad with horseradish croquette and a desert of Spice Poached Pear with saffron panacotta & prune slice.
The a-la-carte dinner menu comprises locally sourced produce and offers a small variety of Tapas and entrées including smoked eel ($16.50) or Roast Quail ($17.50). Mains include the likes of Confit Duck Salad with pickled cabbage, pear, potato & walnuts ($32.50) or Southern Supreme Eye-fillet, a crispy wagyu braise with celeriac slaw and Paris mash ($36.50).
Pier 10's kitchen might be cramped but it serves up some tasty delights
The menu is not extensive, in fact it's limited to just 5 choices for each course entrée, main and desert but it is forever changing and the meals are fabulous.
The cosy dining area features a large open fire with views across the vineyard. There is also plenty of outdoor decking beckoning al-fresco diners in the warmer months and a real party atmosphere descends on the place on Sunday's and Public Holiday's with performances by local musicians.
In the warmer months the outdoor deck is a great spot to sample some of the Pier 10 product
Most of Pier 10's annual production of about 2000 cases is sold at the cellar door, in the restaurant or on-line.
As well as locally grown Pinot and Chardonnay the Pier 10 label includes a Shiraz created using grapes form Heathcote in Central Victoria, a Yarra Valley Cabernet and a selection of sparkling wines.
Pier 10 is a great little Peninsula winery punching well above its weight and well worth a visit. You can't miss it – just look for the big timber pylon and other remnants from the old Flinders Pier out the front.
Remnants of the old Flinders Pier lead to the Pier 10 cellar door and restaurant