HOT: Shadowfax Wines, Werribee


Shadowfax Wines is the closest winery to Melbourne and is only 30km from Melbourne CBD in Werribee.

Shadowfax Wines Werribee

The boutique Werribee winery is located in a great little family-friendly precinct along with the Mansion Hotel and Werribee Open Range Zoo. The winery restaurant is a child-friendly place to eat and relax.

Shadowfax Wines Werribee

On a sunny day, Shadowfax Winery‘s prime seats are in the outdoor area, under the shade of large umbrellas and overlooking the vines and herb garden – so much room to roam! Or you can borrow one of their picnic rugs and eat on the lawn.


On our visit we choose to eat inside the modern dining room which adjoins the cellar door.

Shadowfax Wines Werribee

The indoors dining area is beautifully designed, with colourful panels and pendant lights adorning the space. The restaurant is spacious for prams, provides numerous high chairs and has a disabled toilet with change facilities.

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The Shadowfax menu is famous for its pizzas although their Mediterranean-inspired menu is more extensive than that. My kids LOVE pizza so our order was always going to be a foregone conclusion.  The Shadowfax Winery menu offers a kids menu with dishes at $12 but I order a Margherita pizza for the kids to share instead ($20).

Shadowfax Wines Werribee

As we visit on the first day after reopening the service is a bit slow and unsure and the kitchen is pumping out food as fast as they can though not necessarily timing things right. The pizza sits at the pass for a bit, along with the polenta chips, until my snapper is ready.

Shadowfax Wines Werribee

The kids devour the pizza quickly though I think it looks overly cheesy and the crust was not as pliable and charred as I usually like.

My snapper ($35) is fantastic – melting fish offset with crispy zucchini flowers and accompanied by a salty bagna cauda. The polenta chips, while tasty, are disappointingly soggy.

Shadowfax Wines Werribee

I think the kitchen is probably still ironing out some teething problems but based on my visit it’s pretty decent fare for the stunning setting. Note it’s not cheap when you add the inevitable glass of wine or three on top.

The Shadowfax takeaway menu offers hand made pasta, woodfired pizza, polenta chips, salad, vegetable sides, desserts and a cheeseboard.

We enjoy our lunch at Shadowfax Werribee and it’s one of the few gourmet dining options if you’re in the area and I recommend it as one of the places to eat in Werribee. Combine your visit to Werribee Park Precinct with a visit to Werribee Open Range ZooRiverwalk playground or a ride on the Little Red  Train and it’s a half-day adventure!

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text el_class=”thon-hot-tips-panel”]Tips for Shadowfax Winery Werribee:

  • pram access;
  • numerous high chairs;
  • picnic rugs available to borrow;
  • children’s menu;
  • standard menu suitable for children;
  • change facilities;
  • book ahead or get there on the dot at 12pm if you’re going on a Friday or weekend, as it gets busy. There’s live music on Saturday and Sundays over lunch;
  • Shadowfax is open Friday nights with live music February, June, October and December.


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About Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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