Port Phillip Estate Winery


On the Mornington Peninsula south-east of Melbourne, Port Phillip Estate Winery sits on a spectacular, undulating site overlooking picturesque vineyards, Westernport Bay and Bass Strait. Its vision and realisation redefine the nature of a regional winery and its accompanying cellar door, both of which, in Australia, are often suburban and temporary in their architectural character. 

Sited atop a ridge, the building unfurls across the site, spiralling out of the ground and slowly rising to form the western wall of the structure. This abstract, sculptural form conceals much of the mass and various programs within the building, presenting a bold and simple gesture toward the road.

Upon approach, the main entry punctures the heavy earth wall to reveal a striking vista across the coastal landscape. Contained between the undulating earth walls and overarching timber-lined ceiling, a large restaurant and cellar door take full advantage of this view.

A dramatic staircase descends between the earth walls into the belly of the building and, as the temperature drops, the immense scale and complexity of the project becomes apparent. A large barrel store is dug deep into the hillside, emphasising the feeling that the building is nestled into the earth. Beyond are production areas, a laboratory and an accommodation wing, that are both hidden from the street and public areas but open to the striking view beyond. 

  • Australian Institute of Architects - Port Phillip Estate
  • Australian Institute of Architects - Port Phillip Estate
  • Australian Institute of Architects, Victoria - Port Phillip Estate
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Port Phillip Estate Winery

Redefining the nature of a regional winery