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“This is a regional restaurant with rare attention to detail in a lovely location. Just the place, in fact, for a vineyard restaurant.”

— JOHN LETHLEAN, THE AUSTRALIAN

Our passion is great wine and great food. Since we first opened our restaurant doors in 2006, our goal has been to try to bring together all the elements necessary to create a memorable experience for our guests. A celebration of the incredible produce from the Mornington Peninsula, the knowledge, skill and attentive service of our chefs, waiting staff and sommeliers, a wine list that provides endless opportunities for discovery, that has been judged Australia’s best, the relaxed ambience and views over our vineyard and the rolling hills of Main Ridge.

Chef Adam Sanderson’s innovative menu is driven by fresh regional produce from our local growers and farm gates, our kitchen garden and foraged items from our forests, hills and coastline. This is overlaid with classic French training and experience working in some of the best restaurants in the world, including The Fat Duck in the UK and Noma in Copenhagen.

Maître d’ Graham Kinsey, restaurant manager and head sommelier Jacques Savary de Beauregard and our restaurant team have set high standards of service, polished, but in a relaxed and friendly manner.

Our guests have the option of a five or eight course degustation menu or a selection from our à la carte menu.

Our wine list provides an opportunity to explore the breadth and depth of wines produced on the Mornington Peninsula and cool climate regions, like ours, from around Australia and the world. The list is focused on the key varietals grown in these regions, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris and others, selected from wineries like ours.

These are wines that inspire us, that tell a story of place, people and time. This offers opportunities to compare a variety from different wine regions, winemakers and vintages, with the information, maps and assistance from our expert sommeliers to guide your choices and help provide another dimension to your dining experience.

The Long Wine List, the creation of owner, winemaker and passionate wine historian Martin Spedding and head sommelier Jacques Savary de Beauregard, contains over 500 wines. Our Short Wine List provides a selection of over 20 wines by the glass, a wide curated range of gins, spirits and drinks for before and after.

We look forward to welcoming you to our place.

What people say.. reviews and accolades

CONTACT

+61 3 5989 6080

1333 Mornington Flinders Road
Main Ridge, Victoria 3928 Australia

OPENING HOURS

Lunch hours – 12 noon - 3pm

Dinner hours – from 6:30pm

Monday

Closed

Tuesday

Closed

Wednesday

Lunch

Thursday

Lunch + Dinner

Friday

Lunch + Dinner

Saturday

Lunch + Dinner

Sunday

Lunch

“Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures.”

— MICHAEL BROADBENT

Our menus are seasonal and change through spring, summer, autumn and winter with an emphasis on fresh produce, sourced locally whenever possible. We have our own gardens of heirloom vegetables, herbs and edible flowers.  Chef Adam Sanderson also has his own foraging spots on the Peninsula where he harvests water cress, samphire, salt bush and more. In addition, we support several local producers of organic heirloom fruit and vegetables who work with us to ensure we have a good supply of the produce we require.

Adam’s pièce de résistance is his Dégustation Menu This provides guests with the opportunity to sample a wide cross section of local flavours and textures, which subtly complement each other.  Our Dégustation Menu can also be enjoyed with a selection of wines matched by our Head Sommelier Jacques Savary de Beauregard to further enhance your dining experience.

Our À la Carte Menu, allows you to wander through the menu options and select your own dishes.

We also take pleasure in having a broad selection of cheese on our Fromagerie Menu including a selection of Australian and international cheeses of all types, served with the appropriate accompaniments.

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Wine List

We have two wine lists available in our restaurant, a smaller wine list offering wines by the glass, half bottles, wine flights and other drinks, or for wine enthusiasts there is a larger wine list curated over many years.

The Wine List has a particular focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir the two flagship varieties of Ten Minutes by Tractor and our region. Together with other varieties that flourish in cooler climates ideal for slow ripening conditions we provide our guest with an opportunity to explore and celebrate the many different styles and expressions of wine from the around the world.

The wines offered on our list are wines that hopefully will teach us something about a variety, a region, a vineyard, the winemaking and the people who have contributed to producing them. The vineyards, the passion and the seasons all come together to offer us something very special to enjoy and to match with the multitude of flavours on our menu.

“Simply an exceptional list. If the joys of Mornington Peninsula are not enough, don’t miss this. Old wines, great wines, local wines, rare wines, exciting flights, and good-value drops as well. Not surprisingly, pinot and chardonnay from here and abroad, feature strongly.”

— GOURMET TRAVELLER
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Our Suppliers

It’s important, and our responsibility, to understand where our produce comes from and how it is produced – its provenance – making it essential that as much as possible of what we use is sourced locally from producers with whom we have a close relationship.”

— ADAM SANDERSON
ALAMBRA

Situated on Main Creek road in Main Ridge this one hectare plot has been farmed by Mary and Harry Loucas since 2005 and grows seasonal produce such as tomatoes, berries and pears.

CLAMMS SEAFOOD

Established in 1989 by Con Andronis and George Kaparos, two of Melbourne’s finest fishmongers. In 2005 they amalgamated with the Jurie family who had been involved in seafood for over 50 years. Produce is sourced from wholesale markets, direct through ports and fishermen and from aquaculture farms across Australia. In 2006 Con Andronis was awarded Melbourne Food & Wine Legend status

FLINDERS ISLAND MEAT

Started in the late nineties by farmer John Chapman and purchased in 2010 by father and son David and James Madden. Wallabies on Flinders Island enjoy  being at the top of the food chain with no predators,  and lush bountiful pastures to feed from which results in a unique tasting meat that is unlike any other in Australia. They are found in large numbers on the island and their gathering is restricted on a quota basis and managed with a wholly sustainable outlook.

FLINDERS MUSSELS

The Flinders Aquaculture Fisheries Reserve is over 400 ha in area and runs about 0.3km offshore between Flinders and Shoreham at depths of 7-11m. It was established in 1985 with longline culture of blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) the predominant activity. The blue mussel is a filter feeding bivalve shellfish widely distributed throughout southern Australia and is renowned for its tender flesh and delicious flavour. Michael “Harry” Harris has been working his mussel leases here for years.

GAMEKEEPERS

Owned and operated by Jerome and Annabelle Hoban. Jerome is a chef and in 2008 they decided to trade-in their hatted Albert Park restaurant, L’Oustal, for a farm in Cardinia, an hour SE of Melbourne. In addition to sourcing some of the best meat from around the country, on their own farm they produce Wessex Saddleback pigs and game birds – pheasant, partridge and guinea fowl.

GREAT OCEAN DUCKS

Greg and Jodi Clarke farm free-range Aylesbury ducks on their 16-hectare property overlooking Port Campbell, near the Twelve Apostles and Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. They began with 30 ducklings and no idea about what they were doing in 2009. The couple chose the Aylesbury for its historical connections, it is the classic English table duck

KANOOKA FARM

Owned and operated by Jen and Tim Smart, residents of Red Hill for almost twenty years. Their eclectic range encompasses the highest quality exotic, unusual and ‘heritage’ edible plants, including Jerusalem artichoke, rhubarb, crosnes and quail eggs.

MAIN RIDGE DAIRY

Damien Noxon grew up spending weekends with his grandparents in Main Ridge and then on his parents own property; his wife Bess grew up on a local vegetable farm. They milk 180 goats on their 50 hectare farm and their ‘girls’ are all named and well cared for, having a fresh paddock twice a day (after every milking) and are always free range.

MILKING YARD FARM

Twenty hectares of rich red soil and lush green pastures nestled in the hills near Trentham in central Victoria. They only grow ‘slow food’ which means their chickens, sheep and cattle are slow growing, old-style varieties that are allowed to reach full maturity before being prepared for the table. They grow a very special breed of chicken called Sommerlad, which is reminiscent of the famous Bresse and Label Rouge chickens from France. This is a unique, slow growing breed, with a rich flavour and texture. The birds thrive in small batches, roaming freely in our forest and grazing on a diet of wild grubs, seeds, grits, and organic feed.

MOCK ORCHARDS

Raelene and Neville Mock’s organic orchard has a dozen apple varieties, cherries, pears and citrus. It is a fourth generation family business established more than 100 years ago by Neville’s great, great grandfather in East Burwood. With the urban expansion of Melbourne the farm was moved to Red Hill in 1960. Mock Orchards has been using biodynamic farming methods since 1974.

MOSSY WILLOW FARM

Mossy Willow is a farm and calming retreat with purpose. They aim to connect the community to the Earth through regenerative farming, education and delicious produce from their market garden. Michael Densham and Keren Tsaushu are passionate organic producers of a wide range of beautiful produce.

O’CONNOR BEEF

The O’Connor family has been supplying beef for three generations. Their premium beef is sourced from selected British bred cattle, including Black Angus and Hereford, raised in Victoria’s prime beef producing Gippsland region where they graze free-range on natural pastures with a mix of clover for minerals and rye grass for protein and vitamins. Guaranteed hormone, antibiotic and GMO free.

RED HILL CHEESE

Trevor and Jan Brandon established their small cheesery in Red Hill in 2000, producing distinctive, handcrafted regional cheeses to complement Mornington Peninsula wines.

SUNNY RIDGE STRAWBERRY FARM

The original property was purchased by Pietro and Rosa Gallace in 1964 as an apple and cherry orchard; son Mick started growing strawberries in the late 1960s. “I liken it to raising children – they are all different and have their own personalities. Whilst the colour, shape and size of the berries are obviously important, the key to everything I do is taste.”

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Recognition

“Surely the best ‘winery’ list in the country (on the planet)? Naturally, a wonderful array of the brilliant Ten Minutes Chardonnay and Pinot, but there is no hesitation to focus and feature others from the region and throughout the country, before they move to a list of Burgundies, red and white, that would knock the socks off most of the finest Burgundian restaurants. Worth traveling many miles for this list”

— GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE
GOURMET TRAVELLER RESTAURANT GUIDE
TWO STARS
2013  |   2014  |  2015  |  2016  |  2017 | 2018

 

GOURMET TRAVELLER RESTAURANT GUIDE
ONE STAR
2009  |  2010  2011  |  2012

 

GOURMET TRAVELLER RESTAURANT GUIDE
GOURMET TRAVELER TOP 100
2013  |  2014  |  2015  |  2016  |  2017 | 2018

 

GOURMET TRAVELLER RESTAURANT GUIDE
RANKED IN VICTORIA’S TOP 10 REGIONAL RESTAURANTS
2010  |  2011  |  2013  |  2014  |  2015  |  2016  |  2017 | 2018

 

GOURMET TRAVELLER RESTAURANT GUIDE
VICTORIAN REGIONAL – 2 STAR RESTAURANTS
2013  |  2014  |  2015  |  2017 | 2018

 

GOURMET TRAVELLER RESTAURANT GUIDE
VICTORIAN REGIONAL – 1 STAR RESTAURANTS
2009| 2010 | 2011 | 2012
AGE GOOD FOOD GUIDE
2 HATS
2013  |  2014  |  2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

 

AGE GOOD FOOD GUIDE
1 HATS
2011  |  2012

 

AGE GOOD FOOD GUIDE
REGIONAL WINE LIST OF THE YEAR
2013  |  2016

 

AGE GOOD FOOD GUIDE
BEST SHORT WINE LIST
2010
GOURMET TRAVELER WINE LIST OF THE YEAR
3 GLASSES
2008  |  2009  |  2010  |  2011  |  2012  |  2013  |  2014  |  2015  |  2016  |  2017

 

GOURMET TRAVELER WINE LIST OF THE YEAR
2008 AUSTRALIAN WINE LIST OF THE YEAR
2008
WORLD BEST WINE LISTS
THREE STARS
2015  |  2016  |  2017
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Head Chef Adam Sanderson

Our Journey

“The restaurant is just an extension of the cellar door. It’s an opportunity to learn more about our wines and how those wines can be enjoyed with great food. It’s also an opportunity for us to bring the produce of the region together into an environment in which everyone can relax, and enjoy, and to understand what makes the Mornington Peninsula as special as it is.”

— MARTIN SPEDDING, OWNER

The first Ten Minutes by Tractor cellar door opened in 2002 on the McCutcheon Vineyard in an old tin shed that previously served as horses stables with views stretching across our Pinot Noir Lake Block, up to our neighbouring strawberry farm.

With a café licence for up to 15 people, we offered visitors a modest blackboard lunch menu, charcuterie platters, good coffee and a stoked pot belly fire during winter. It provided an opportunity to be immersed in the McCutcheon vineyard landscape, drink our wines with some homely food.

In the early years, there were many wonderful weekend events organised, various musical and operatic performances by various performers, including friends and family of the owners. These were the first efforts to make to a visit to Ten Minutes by Tractor a relaxing and memorable experience.

2003 – Jazz band at the Cellar Door

2004 – Martin Spedding & Andrew McCutcheon outside the cellar door

A new home and opening of our restaurant…

In 2004, we started searching for a new permanent home for the Ten Minutes by Tractor (we only leased the old McCutcheon vineyard shed at the time).  During the Winter Wine Weekend in June 2004, a good friend, Patrick Crooks, who had been helping out in our cellar door noticed that a local bar and café on the neighbouring Mornington Flinders Road, was for sale. It had been the original cottage and apple cool sheds for the Prosser Apple Orchard. It still had most of its original character but needed a lot of work! It was in a perfect fit for what we had been looking for.

Over the next 2 years after navigating an arduous local planning process to move our cellar door and complete our renovations, we opened our doors on Boxing Day, 2006. Our ideas on the restaurant, including the format and style of the menu, quickly evolved and we searched widely to build a strong restaurant team that shared the vision of our owner, Martin Spedding and our General Manager, Chris Hamilton, to create something special.

In late 2007, Stuart Bell and Clayton Hiskins joined the restaurant team. Stuart Bell’s journey had taken him through several of Australia’s leading restaurants – Paul Bocuse, Jacques Reymond, Langtons, The Loose Box – under the direction of some of Australia’s best chefs – Jacques Reymond, Philippe Mouchel and Alain Fabrègues. Clayton’s journey started with studying hospitality in Brisbane and experience working for the Hayman Island Resort, a luxury cruise line and two restaurants with chef Tony Sassi, in Port Douglas.

The combination of skills, experience and the shared vision of our restaurant team has continued to build and strengthen over the years. Our team’s determination to provide a memorable winery restaurant experience, where food and wine share equal billing and guests are offered extended opportunities to learn and experience more about the wines and varieties we produce, how they work with wonderful food and the extraordinary produce of our region, is still what drives us today.

We are proud of the accolades and recognition of our efforts that quickly followed our opening in 2007. This includes; Gourmet Travellers Australian Wine List of the Year (2008), 1 Star Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide (2009), Gourmet Traveller Top 10 Regional Restaurants (2010), Good Food Guide Best Short Wine List (2010), 1 Hat Good Food Guide (2011), 2 Stars Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide (2013), 2 Hats Good Food Guide (2013), Gourmet Traveller Wine List of the Year 3 Glasses (very Highly Recommended) 2008-2017 and World of Fine Wine – Best Designed Wine List Australasia and Jury Prize (2017)

 

Today…

In 2014, Graham Kinsey was promoted to venue manager and Jacques Savary de Beauregard also joined us as restaurant manager and head sommelier.

Graham has been involved in hospitality for almost 20 years and before deciding on a sea change with his young family in 2010 was general manager of Fog in Prahran and then Venue Manager of Bottega in the Melbourne CBD. Graham’s love of food and wine but, above all, his love of people, led him to the Mornington Peninsula and Ten Minutes by Tractor.

Jacques first tried Ten Minutes by Tractor wines in his role as Head Sommelier at Home House, one of London’s most exclusive private members clubs with two restaurants, two bars and an extensive cellar. Prior to that he was at The Cinnamon Club, one of London’s top new wave Indian restaurants, Le Cercle Munster, another private members club in Luxembourg, and the Eden restaurant in Temple Bar, Dublin. Coming to Ten Minutes by Tractor in 2014 was one of those “came to have a look and stayed” stories – the lure of the Mornington Peninsula (Jacques is a keen surfer) combined with fine dining and fine wine was too hard to resist.

In 2017, Adam Sanderson, formerly of The Fat Duck and Noma, became Ten Minutes by Tractor’s Head Chef and brought to our restaurant team a fresh set of experiences. Adam has spent the last 10 years working at some of the world’s best restaurants in the UK and Europe including; Rhodes Twenty Four in London under chef Gary Rhodes, almost three years at The Fat Duck under Heston Blumenthal, Noma under René Redzepi and for Paul Cunningham at The Paul in Copenhagen. In Australia Adam worked at hatted restaurants with Andrew McConnell at Cutler & Co, and at Bistro Guillaume.

Our restaurant journey started over 10 years ago, from very humble beginnings. We have been very fortunate to bring together a group of talented people from across the world, who share our passion and love of what we do, to bring great wine and food together in a way that provides a memorable experience for our guests and the greatest satisfaction to ourselves, to know, that we have done it well.

We look forward to you joining us and being part of our continuing journey.

Our Philosophy..

We are guided by a philosophy which informs all we do…

  • We strive to provide the true meaning of hospitality; “the friendly and generous reception of guests or strangers” (Oxford Dictionary)
  • Quality and attention to detail is at the heart of everything we do.
  • Our menus reflect the seasons, our region and sustainability in our menus and use our own produce, whenever possible.
  • The ingredients, flavours and textures we present complement rather than jostle and are created to sing with wine.
  • We blend the innovative with the traditional in cooking styles and techniques; keeping abreast of current trends but not losing sight of the classical roots of cooking.
  • We are mindful of health and nutrition as well as culinary pleasure.

We aim to ensure that everyone who comes into contact with Ten Minutes by Tractor leaves having learned or experienced something new.

Maître d’ Graham Kinsey, left & Restaurant Manager / Head Sommelier Jacques Savary de Beauregard, right

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Petit Tracteur Bistro

“Thoughtful bistro-chic to savour…Petit Tracteur paints a wonderful picture of bucolic bistro classics that are executed in style that feels very now.”

— DELICIOUS MAGAZINE

Petit Tracteur is Ten Minutes by Tractor’s bistro and bar offering guests an exciting French inspired food experience matched by a selection of world class wines including our highly acclaimed Ten Minutes by Tractor wines.

Petit Tracteur provides a number of relaxed and versatile seating arrangements with garden, vineyard and district views amongst the rolling hills of Main Ridge and is open:

  • Breakfast – Saturday and Sunday
  • Lunch – Wednesday through Monday
  • Dinner – Thursday through Sunday

Our bar allows guests to drop in for a drink and selection from the bar menu, whilst the bistro offers a full menu including plates of the day and dishes for children. Alternatively, guests may wish to relax with a drink and a game of boule or enjoy a coffee and pastry in the conservatory. Whatever the occasion, we look forward to welcoming you to Petit Tracteur.

Details, including the menus and wine lists, are available on the Petit Tracteur website.

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Ten Minutes by Tractor Restaurant Update

Due to a fire in our old Tractor Shed adjacent to the restaurant, we have had to close our restaurant until further notice. Considerable progress has been made in clearing the site and in progressing plans to reopen.

Petit Tracteur, our sister restaurant up the road at 1208 Mornington Flinders Rd, remains open and unaffected by the fire with extended opening hours and tastings available.