Shadowfax Wines is Melbourne’s closest winery and only 30km from the CBD in Werribee.
The boutique winery is located in a great little family-friendly precinct along with the Mansion Hotel and Werribee Open Range Zoo and the winery restaurant is a child-friendly place to eat and relax.
On a sunny day the 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.
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 facilites.
Shadowfax is famous for their 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. They do have a kids menu with dishes at $12 but I order a Margherita pizza for the kids to share instead ($20).
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.
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.
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.
We enjoy our lunch at Shadowfax Wines and it’s one of the few gourmet dining options if you’re in the area. Combine it with a visit to Werribee Open Range Zoo, Riverwalk playground or a ride on the Little Red Train and it’s a half-day adventure!
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- 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;
- open Friday nights with live music February, June, October and December.