There’s a buzz at Dromana as the word gets around Since it opened last November the Whispering Vines Café has been the talk of the town. Each day there is a buzz at the Café as visitors are surprised at the quality of the food on offer at very reasonable prices. Manager Lori Smith, previously Sommelier in some of Melbourne’s finest and most iconic venues has set about delivering big city standards in an unpretentious atmosphere. “I just love talking to people about wine and introducing them to styles and flavours they may have never tried or even heard of before”, she said. The style is relaxed and the service is warm and friendly. “I have to say, I’ve been pleasantly surprised, I never expected anything like the numbers we have seen in our first year, and even more pleasing is the number of regulars we have attracted, it’s clear a café like this is what people here want” said owner, Jim Manolios. Sue and Ian Smith live at Dromana
and they have already become Whispering Vines regulars. “The food is marvellous, I love the ambience and the sophisticated rustic look, the views are wonderful and the service is fabulous, we just love it”, said Sue Smith. “Our favourite times there have been the Friday night ‘wine down’ dinners, the food, the price, it’s all just perfect, this is how wineries used to be”, she said The Wine Downs have been a big hit all round. Each Friday between 4 and 7, visitors enjoy bottomless pizza from $15 per head and the first glass of wine is on the house. Dinner has been available on some weekends as well as for pre-booked functions with people eager to sample the fine food. Jenny Bendall from nearby McCrae has become a Whispering Vines regular too. “I love the place, I love the food, I love the staff, she said – it’s just super”.
Chef Farid Rachedi was trained in Toulouse, France and worked for some of the prestigious catering companies in London, he made the move to the Mornington Peninsula because his wife, who is also a chef, lives here. He is highly trained in pastries and has a great knowledge of regionality and using local produce from his training in France. Most of the Whispering Vines produce is grown organically in the owner’s next door garden. Whispering Vines is the centrepiece of stunning, Trofeo Estate, a local vineyard run on biodynamic principles and producing wine in imported terracotta amphorae to promote the purity of the fruit. Cellar Door is open from 10-5pm 7 days a week, the cellar door not only provides wine tasting and sales direct to the public but also offers a range of Trofeo Estate produce and products for sale, from Olive Oil grown on olive groves in Samos Greece to fruit and preserves made from local produce.
Sorrento Winter 2013