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UNIQUE CARS HAS ar­ranged pho­to­shoots in some in­ter­est­ing lo­ca­tions over the years and we have to say that Point Leo Es­tate is def­i­nitely one for the record books. Lo­cated on the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula, over­look­ing West­ern Port Bay, the es­tate com­bines a cel­lar door, two restau­rants and a sculp­ture park on a truly grand scale.

Ian G, who was kind enough to open up the place for us, pro­vided a lit­tle back­ground. “Point Leo Es­tate is a 135-hectare pri­vate es­tate that opened in Oc­to­ber 2017. There are two restau­rants, Point Leo Es­tate Restau­rant, which has re­ceived in its first year one hat from The Age Good Food Guide. The sec­ond, Laura, which of­fers a tast­ing menu, re­ceived two hats.

"Just re­cently Point Leo Es­tate was voted the num­ber one restau­rant in Vic­to­ria by De­li­cious mag­a­zine. It’s an in­cred­i­ble achieve­ment in such a short pe­riod of time. In early 2019, Laura will be­come a mem­ber of the pres­ti­gious Re­lais et Chateaux chain.

“Phil Wood, the Culi­nary Di­rec­tor, used to work along­side Neil Perry of Rock­pool and Eleven Bridge restau­rant in Syd­ney,” says Ian.

“The es­tate has been fea­tured in mul­ti­ple art mag­a­zines from around the globe and is now recog­nised as one of the most sig­nif­i­cant sculp­ture parks in the world. To be able to see West­ern Port Bay and Phillip Is­land be­yond the sculp­tures and vine­yards is ex­cep­tional.

“There is also a wine ter­race where peo­ple can sit and en­joy lunch or a snack with a glass of wine, a wine tast­ing area, and soon there will be a ded­i­cated event space.”

The es­tate has cho­sen not to of­fer ac­com­mo­da­tion, as

there are many op­tions in the area.

So what’s the story be­hind the art? “My par­ents have been col­lect­ing sculp­tures for decades. They ab­so­lutely adore the arts, as do my wife and I. The over­all devel­op­ment is the cul­mi­na­tion of what they hoped to cre­ate for many decades, and it is truly ex­cep­tional. There are in ex­cess of 50 ma­jor sculp­tures, a mix of pre­dom­i­nantly Aus­tralian sculp­tors, with a smat­ter­ing of renowned over­seas sculp­tors as well, in­clud­ing Jaume Plens from Spain.

“All of the pieces have been se­lected by my par­ents, to­gether with park cu­ra­tor Ge­of­frey Ed­wards, who has also helped with the land­scap­ing so, whereever you stand, you can ac­tu­ally see al­most every sculp­ture in its en­tirety. It is a very smart lay­out.

“The park is ever evolv­ing and they have three new works planned to be in­stalled by the end of the year, which is very ex­cit­ing.”

And the wines? “The wines that are pro­duced here are ex­cep­tional, and all cool cli­mate va­ri­eties in­clud­ing Shi­raz, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gri­gio and Chardon­nay. You must come and try them!

“This year my par­ents pro­duced a Rosé for the first time. It’s un­like any Rosé I’ve tasted in Aus­tralia. It is done in the French style, so it is very pale and dry. There were only 3000 bot­tles made and the whole lot has ef­fec­tively been sold to the Point Leo Es­tate Wine Club.

“The prop­erty was pur­chased some 24 years ago and the vines were planted shortly af­ter. This in­cred­i­ble project has been in prepa­ra­tion for decades.”

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