Nestled in the idyllic countryside, this cellar door offers visitors a memorable wine tasting and brand experience.
Barossa Valley Estate Cellar Door
Designlnc Director, Richard Stafford, designed Barossa Valley Estate’s original facility in 1999. Twenty years on, the bones of the pavilion-style building were strong, however, the interiors needed refreshing and spaces lacked connection with their surrounds. DesignInc worked with landscape designer Paul Bangay to create a setting for the building where architecture and landscape are interwoven.
The visitor experience begins with a curving driveway that meanders through the landscape revealing and framing different views to create a sense of journey and arrival. The refreshed interior is light and airy with a simplified layout creating an open-plan area with spectacular views from every position. A limestone tasting counter in front of the stone wall welcomes visitors to begin their wine experience. Furniture and furnishings define the spaces, with low and high tables for sitting and relaxing or stand-up tastings. External areas offer informal settings for groups to gather, taste the wines and enjoy the views. A suite of decks, terraces and arbours connect and integrate the building into its environs.
Traditional Barossa materials of American oak, limestone and concrete are used in a contemporary way to complement the original palette. The connection between architecture and landscape, wine and landscape, wine and the Barossa captures the Barossa Valley Estate experience and establishes a genuine sense of place.
It is rare as an architect to have the opportunity to renovate a building that was a pivotal early project in your career. Reimagining a unique cellar door in a beautiful corner of the Barossa Valley and working with a client who values quality and detail, was an absolute privilege.Richard Stafford
Director, DesignInc Adelaide