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lunch at McIvor Estate winery, Tooborac


Last Sunday I visited McIvor Estate winery in Tooborac on the southern side of the Heathcote wine region for lunch. $20 bought a tasting plate of their olives and olive oils, salad and more delicious woodfired pizza than my girlfriend and I could eat, along with tastings of their new release wines. Apart from narrowly missing a kangaroo on the Hume Fwy on the way, it was a pleasant 90 minute drive on a lovely spring day.

Their marsanne roussanne, shiraz and cabernet merlot are fine wines, but what I like most are the sangiovese and nebbiolo. The former is very fresh and fruity and the latter is perhaps the best Australian nebbiolo I’ve tasted (it’s a variety I think Victorian wineries are still to master). With another fantastic cellar door, Shelmerdine, nearby on the same road, it’s worth stopping at Tooborac if you’re heading to Heathcote and beyond.

Garlic pizza (above), margarita pizza and chorizo and prosciutto pizza (below).


  1. Argh! Despite the breakfast I just ate, that pizza made me STARVING!

  2. Did you go to that beautiful two storey bluestone pub and brewery at Tooborac? We had driven past it for years and not stopped before. What a surprise!!! Really quaint and the beer is a well kept secret. We will stop again next time we pass for a meal as the ones we saw looked great.

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