"The Lee brothers' experience and instinct for food and wine shows in the Foxeys Hangout winery. The stylish, relaxed cellar door occupies an ultra-smart, airy, wood-panelled room with a wall of glass bringing a vista of pines, eucalypts and a cosy little amphitheatre of vines to the doorstep. Quality wine-bar-type snacks slot well with the very good estate wines, and you can even help make your own sparkling wine." - Ralph Kyte-Powell
Family-owned winery Foxeys Hangout grows, makes and sells acclaimed cool-climate wines in the beautiful hills of the Mornington Peninsula, just an hour's drive south of Melbourne.
Winemaker brothers Michael and Tony Lee are former Melbourne restaurateurs who turned their years of love and knowledge of fine wines into a livelihood when they planted the first of their three small Peninsula vineyards.
The brothers personally make the wines and specialise in the Peninsula's flagship varieties, pinot noir and chardonnay, and the region's emerging star, pinot gris.
The Foxeys range also features Peninsula shiraz, including a popular and highly rated sparkling version and a vintage port.
The Foxeys wines have been well received by some of Australia's most respected critics and the range overall is rated at four and a half stars by wine authority James Halliday.
The Foxeys cellar door and kitchen is located at picturesque Red Hill on a historic farming property. Personally staffed by Michael and Tony, it is an intimate but striking architect-designed space with superb valley views over the vineyard.
Tony is also a trained chef and serves wine-bar style snacks from the cellar door's open kitchen, while Michael oversees tastings and runs Foxeys' unique customised sparkling bottling sessions.