Perched on 100 acres above the rolling hills of Gippsland, Toms Cap is quite truly one of Victoria's hidden gems. Surrounded by temperate rainforest and planted with over forty acres of gums and pines, the vineyard itself is the draw card to what is already a stunning location.
Wines and local produce can be sampled at the small cellar-door style Woody's Bar and Café, or enjoyed as part of gourmet lunch at the larger adjacent Woody's Restaurant. Trust me, an afternoon can quickly slip away perched on the outdoor deck, overlooking the vines, with a bottle of the 2009 Unwooded Chardonnay and a bowl of beetroot gnocchi with goats cheese rocket.
Toms Cap also caters for private functions, conferences and of course weddings. Their private Vines Chapel, homestead and reception centre provide a flawless setting for a classic country wedding.
Whilst spending the day at the vineyard is a must, you just cannot go past staying the night at one of their 2-bedroom spa cottages or the new Beaumont Lodge. The rustic cottages and classic barn-style lodge sit across the vineyard as if out of the pages of a storybook, yet inside the facilities and style are as modern as it gets. Guests also have access to the estate's health spa, which has its own fitness room, massage and pamper room, dry sauna and heated outdoor spa.
Accommodation prices start from $180 per night for a room in the lodge, or $200.00 per couple midweek for a spa cottage. But for weekends and to really make the most of Toms Cap, I would recommend getting together with another couple to share a cottage or a group to share the lodge and booking well in advance. Meals range from $17 for an entrée to $32 for the restaurant's specialty Toms Cap Beef fillet, and wines start from $22 per bottle and can also be purchased by the dozen. Bookings are highly recommended for weekend lunches and dinners.
Toms Cap Vineyard Retreat is located at the corner of Toms Cap Road and Lays Road, Carrajung, Gippsland, about a 2 hour and 45 minute drive South East of Melbourne; it's well worth the drive.
You must visit www.tomscap.com.au for more details and to view the location photographs for yourself.