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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Feb-March 2012
Active RetireesTM | 21 most spectacular is the new Port Phillip Estate. Occupying a dramatic curved limestone rammed earth building, it commands sensational views over undulating vineyards and the ocean. Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove has it all, offering vast picnic grounds, a stunning restaurant serving produce straight from the vineyard gardens, more than 1500 olive trees and an annual sculpture exhibition that sees the estate dotted with amazing works of art. The area’s rich volcanic soils produce a bounty of delectable produce, so folks bring their baskets to pick berries at Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm and Morello cherries from Ellisfield Farm. There are organic delights to be savoured at Red Hill Cheesery, which also conducts artisan cheese-making workshops, while olive and olive oil tastings take place at the nearby Green Olive vineyard, a veritable food-lovers’ heaven that roasts its own coffee and offers sausage-making classes for connoisseurs of savoury snags. Farmyard eggs, homemade chocolates, preserves, jams and organic fruit and vegetables can be bought at foodie emporiums or the many local markets, including the iconic Red Hill Community Market that began in 1974 and still proudly boasts stallholders who ‘make it, bake it, grow it or breed it’. Once visitors have had their fill of food and wine, there are several national park trails to tackle or, for a glimpse of the high life, there’s nothing like an easy amble along ‘Millionaires Row’, a cliff- top walk winding past Portsea’s finest mansions of yesteryear. •• Lose yoURseLf Garden lovers mad for a sculpted hedge, romantics looking for adventure, bookworms after a quiet corner, puzzle addicts ready to set their brain to a larger-than- life challenge and anyone who loves a good labyrinth must visit the peninsula’s maze gardens. Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens is Australia’s oldest and can be found at Shoreham, a stone’s throw from some of the best wineries. Set over 11 hectares, the garden’s showpiece is a hedge maze of more than 1000 three-metre-high pruned cypress trees and a kilometre of winding pathways, entered via a wooden door cut into the hedge. Its circular rose maze is also a lovely sight, comprising 1200 bushes and 217 rose species, some of which are used to flavour the delicate rose-petal scones that grace the teashop menu. The Enchanted Maze, 300 metres above sea level at Arthur’s Seat, has myriad labyrinths to suit all comers. They include the Leighton Green Hedge Maze, with a Japanese garden at its centre and little stone Buddhas tucked into the pathways, and the children’s maze made up of a series of themed gardens. Finally, Boneo Maze and Wetlands is the perfect place for picnics and puzzles. There’s a large maze for adults, a small one for kids and a series of big lawn games, such as chess, checkers and snakes and ladders, to keep everyone occupied for hours. For a glimpse of the high life, there’s nothing like an easy amble along ‘Millionaires Row’, a cliff-top walk winding past Portsea’s finest mansions of yesteryear. Do yoUR ReseARcH General information W: www.visitmorningtonpeninsula.org Gourmet food W: www.mpgourmet.com.au the region's wineries W: www.mpva.com.au Thinkstock
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