Varney Wines, the 2021 Halliday Best New Winery of Year, offering lunch and dinner - what more do we need to say .....
Lunch & Dinner
Thu - Sat : 11.30am till late
Sun: 11.30am - 5.00pm
Bookings 0467 466212
$58 (2 course) | $74 (3 course)
$ 102 (3 course with paired wines)
First off, you can argue about the location – the self-proclaimed “at the gateway to McLaren Vale” may be a bit exaggerated as it is just outside Old Noarlunga and still a bit to McLaren Vale, but what the team at Victor’s Place has done to restore the old crumbling ruins into a modern and fully functional restaurant, winery (Varney Wines) and brewery (Victor's Place Beers), yet keeping the character of the old stone shed alive is absolutely laudable. Fantastic job.
Entering the restaurant, you can see the amount of labour, effort and love that they have invested to create a beautiful atmosphere. We went there shortly after opening for dinner with a group of friends, thoroughly enjoyed the food but weren't convinced by the concept of combining a tapas bar and fine dining restaurant in one venue (just too noisy). Having been back recently, it's great to see that this has changed. The restored stone shed is still as impressive as it was initially - but it is all about great food, wine & beer. No more tapas bar with noisy hen parties ...
Service is very attentive and welcoming - our second visit was for lunch on a lovely sunny afternoon and no efforts spared to move table and chairs onto the lawn for us to enjoy the views onto the Onkaparinga Gorge and national park.
This time we enjoyed a wide section of small plates, with each and everyone of them not only stunning to look at but also an absolute delight. Yet nothing had prepared us for the deserts, in particular the Snow Sphere – it (unfortunately) means the phones come out, to capture the moment when you crack the sphere ... All of this accompanied with a selection of their wines, with the beautiful Grenache Rose (from a Blewitt Springs vineyard, need we say more?) and a true Chablis style Chardonnay (Adelaide Hills) - both going extremely well with the dishes we had chosen and that sunny afternoon.
In addition to the 'small plates' meant for sharing, there is also a selection of ‘big plates’ (all modern Australian main dishes) to choose from. We had those on our first visit and had thoroughly enjoyed all and judging from our recent visit, they will certainly impress again.
Price tag for those does fall into the fine dining category, which the quality of the food absolutely justifies.
In short – beautifully restored venue with lots of character, welcoming and relaxed atmosphere, both inside the restaurant and outside on the deck ... and some seriously good food, wine and beer - what else can you ask for.