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Zach Tinsley from Congress Wine – Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th April

Zach TInsley aertwork

another friend comes to visit

We’re super excited to host another Mischa Tropp & Friends event as part of the final few weeks of Elsie’s x Tucks pop up. On Saturday 9th April and Sunday 10th April, we welcome Zach Tinsley from Congress Wine!

Zach is another kiwi chef that flew the coop for the greener pastures of Melbourne culinary scene. Plying his trade through some of Wellington's most established restaurants, he finally landed at Congress in Collingwood. Part of the opening team as Sous Chef, Zach played an integral part in earning Congress their 1 Hat award in the Good Food Guide. Not one to rest on his laurels, Zach spread his wings over to Osteria Ilaria for a pandemic stuttered year before returning to take the reins at Congress at the beginning of 2021, this time as Head Chef.

"I am chuffed to be joining Mischa down at Tucks. I have admired from afar, Mischa's ascendancy to the boss dog of collaborations down in Red Hill. It is humbling to be asked to bring a touch of Congress whilst still flexing a little of my personal cooking style which I feel perfectly aligns with Mischa's cooking philosophy - a focus on bombs of flavour and making sure everything just tastes bloody good. Working with a chef of Mischa's calibre is the perfect opportunity for me to pick his brain on his extensive knowledge of Indian cookery and hopefully steal and/or exchange some of his recipes.”, Zach Tinsley.

Zach’s menu includes:

  • BBQ fancy ham, smoked cabbage, quince butter and "Mischa's dope dressing”
  • Murray cod wings, hot n sour cucumbers, burnt lime

“I’ve always loved Congress. But since Zach has taken the reigns, the food is just absolutely exceptional. Can’t wait to spend the weekend cooking together at Tucks!”, Mischa Tropp.

Mischa’s menu includes:

  • Chips and curry - beer battered fries with English “curry” sauce
  • Fish cutlet pao - classic Goan fish sandwich: marinated rockling, rava crumb and cabbage slaw
  • Missal Pav - Bombay street food: sprouted mung bean and coconut curry, Bombay mix and pav (Portuguese white dinner roll)

And to drink? Totally smashable Tucks wines, sangrias, frosé and cider alongside amazing award-winners from Montalto.

Hit up your besties and hit the road to Red Hill asap – whilst Elsie’s staying for now, like all summer flings, it’s not forever! You don’t want to miss the next few weeks at Tucks!

📆 Pop into Tucks for everything Elsie’s every Saturday and Sunday from, 11am – 5pm until the end of April.

✅ We’re also open on Easter Monday (18th April) and ANZAC Day (Monday 25th April) from 11am – 5pm.

❌ We’re closed on Friday 15th April (Good Friday)

💥 No bookings, walk ins only, dogs always welcome. Unfortunately, the menu cannot be altered to cater to dietary requirements.

❤️ Please give this section of our website a quick read before you head into see us:

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fried chicken. enough said.

Straight from the new menu at Tucks:

Chicken thighs and drumsticks marinated in buttermilk, double coated with spiced flour and fried to absolute perfection ????


From 18th December, Tucks is open from 11am – 5pm, 5 days a week (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday). We’re closed on 25th & 26th December.

From 27th December, Tucks is open from 11am – 5pm, 7 days a week.

And then from 6th January, 11am – 5pm, 5 days a week (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday).

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Why you’ll ❤️ wine from Mornington Peninsula

Tucks wine in Mornington Peninsula

There are more than 60 wine regions in Australia alone, but we happen to think that our little patch here in the Mornington Peninsula is perhaps the most special.

Wine production began here as early as 1886, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that things really started to take off.

Surrounded by water and cooling breezes, the Peninsula maritime climate provides unique growing conditions for our fruit. With long, warm days and fresh, cool nights, you’ll find the wine grown here is less punchy than our cousins in, say, the Barossa or Hunter Valley.

Instead, you can slurp down on a crazy choice of flavour profiles, thanks to the variety of soils and micro-climates within the region.

‘Up the hill’, as the locals refer to the highest blocks on the Peninsula (also the site of our home vineyard in Red Hill), is cooler, with more delicately perfumed and nuanced fruit. ‘Down the hill’ you’ll discover the warmer vineyards closest to the coastline, abundant with fruit that bursts with flavour.

This unique blend of soils, rolling hills and maritime-conditions lends itself perfectly to cool-climate late-ripening varietals such as pinot noir and chardonnay. Chardonnay in particular thrives on the acidic soil conditions but if we HAD to choose a favourite, pinot noir is really the poster child for the region, with a mind-boggling array of styles to suit every palate.

So, while we offer two distinct styles of chardonnay and pinot noir thanks to our two separate ranges, Tucks and NOW, over time, we’ve introduced other varietals, too. Over in our Wine Store you can buy rosé, pinot gris, shiraz, sparkling wine and our unique savagnin, all of which is grown on the Peninsula.

In the coming years, we plan to play with new varietals in our NOW range, continuing to experiment with everyday drinking styles to bring you maximum pleasure. So, stay tuned – you heard it on the grapevine first….

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Hello! And welcome to Tucks.

Tucks estate in summer

Hello! And welcome to Tucks, our super-friendly fun winery perched high above the idyllic leafy hills and laneways of Mornington Peninsula’s Red Hill.

Formerly known as Tucks Ridge, in late 2017 we were bought by the neighbouring crew at Montalto. Since then, we’ve been developing a reputation as a winery that’s more than a little bit different.

Yes, we take our winemaking VERY seriously (just ask our multi-award winning team!), but we reckon that wine tasting is a different beast entirely.

Wine tasting should be fun. It should be exciting, thrilling, an exploration of your tastebuds and senses. It should challenge you, surprise you and, most of all, it should bring a big fat smile to your dial.

As there’s not much obvious fun to be had in the old-school cellar door approach, we decided to flip it all on its head and do our own thing. So, at Tucks we offer you a choice of wine tasting station to suit your mood: under the infamous Tucks Tree overlooking jaw-dropping views; sequestered in our bright and breezy wine store; or out back on our cute-as-a-button deck.

And, to shake things up even more, we broke with convention to only offer blind wine tastings. Yep, you’re invited to sniff and slurp your way through our wines without knowing what you’re glugging. Keep track of your reactions by scribbling notes on our wipe-down benches (you’ll find it feels deliciously naughty to write on the table), and we’ll reveal the wines at the end of your session. We reckon doing this makes you think more deeply about the wine, does away with preconceptions and makes things a whole lot more funner.

Wine tasting isn’t the only thing we try to think about differently. What we eat when we drink has a dramatic effect on how wine tastes. So, our kitchen and wine team work together to create a menu of small and large plates that really sing with a glass of vino. Inspired by the very best dishes from across the globe, we reckon they’re the perfect wine food.

Sit at the communal tables overlooking our spectacular estate, chillout on the lawn with our complimentary picnic rugs, and relax into an effortless afternoon of grazing through our substantial menu.

Bring an open heart, an open mind and, most importantly, an open mouth.

We’ll see you soon!