Almost two years ago, Mornington Peninsula winery Ten Minutes By Tractor was devastated by a raging fire, damaging a significant part of the business.
But now, Ten Minutes By Tractor is back, just in time for a big summer of drinking wine in one of Australia’s best wine regions. The refreshed building features a new kitchen, chef’s table, private dining room and outdoor terrace.
They’ll also be adding a new cellar door, and wine gallery space in December.
Ten Minutes By Tractor has always been a destination for diners on the Mornington Peninsula, not just wine buffs. And the new kitchen is sure to keep the standard up.
At the helm is executive chef Adam Sanderson, who comes with experience from The Fat Duck, Gary Rhodes, Noma, and in Melbourne at Cutler & Co.
“Our menus will reflect what is available seasonably week to week from our local farmers and producers whom we work very closely and continuously with to build and grow strong relationships. We will also reach out and source produce from wider areas throughout Australia.
“Our kitchen team forage and gather from the coastline, the rolling hills, and our kitchen garden in Main Ridge, which gives us the opportunity to discuss and generate ideas for dishes and continually evolve our menu.”
“What we cook in the restaurant will always be heavily inspired by our region, however, we will not limit ourselves,” said Sanderson.
Expect dishes like kangaroo en croûte, caramelised cauliflower, black cherry, and grilled greens or the slow-cooked Bundarra pork belly and loin, smoked eel, kohlrabi, elderflower, green mizuna.
Things will definitely look a bit different from when you last visited Ten Minutes By Tractor. Designed by COX Architecture, what was the cellar door space is now part of the restaurant, and the new state-of-the-art kitchen is completely open, much different to the original incarnation.
“We want every visit to our cellar door and restaurant to be the beginning of a great journey, an experience that is memorable, and where you feel at home and amongst friends,” says owner Martin Spedding.
“The restaurant is built within the original apple orchard cottage on the property, established by Italian settlers in the 1930’s, and although the orchard has long gone, the cottage, an old falling down tractor shed, and a lone ancient quince tree is all that remains.”
Ten Minutes By Tractor
Where: 1333 Mornington-Flinders Road, Main Ridge
Open: Wednesday to Sunday for lunch, Thursday to Saturday for dinner
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