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Published March 15th 2020
This Cellar Door Is a Bus
Once upon a time a creative couple, with a passion for wine, bought a vineyard in McLaren Vale. Domenic and Elise, along with winemaker Walter Clappis, began producing delicious wine varieties and introducing them to the public at a series of pop-up events. You see their wines, labelled 'Down The Rabbit Hole', had no cellar door of their own. Fast forward to summer and now they do. And the cellar door is a bus.
Tastings cost $10 but the cost is reimbursed if you buy a bottle of wine. Who wouldn't buy a bottle? Not only is the wine sublime but the labels are quirky and each bottle has a poem on the back. There's a wooded Chardonnay, a Sangiovese Cabernet, a Shiraz, a Tempranillo and a French-style Rosé to choose from.
I gathered three eager friends and set off one recent sunny afternoon to discover this new cellar door and taste the wines. Elise greeted us on arrival and invited us to enjoy a tasting then settle at a table, or perhaps on a picnic rug, to spend some time.
Happy groups of all ages, including young families, were scattered across the lawn in the shade of large trees. Adjacent were vines and beyond them views of rolling hills and valleys and, ultimately, the sea.
After enjoying our tasting and learning about the different wines we headed inside to a comfy 'lounge' area and ordered from the bar.
Domenic explained that the lounge and bar area was a derelict shed in a former life. Recycled wood paneling, repurposed old-school windows and a fresh coat of paint has given the shed the facelift it needed to provide a welcoming space for wine enjoyment.
A menu was proffered, with tempting choices, and we decided on a 'Feed Me Happy' picnic platter for two. It arrived with more than enough produce for the four of us to share; local cheese, home-made garden dip, Spanish tortillas and tacos with tuna. The menu is not extensive but everything on it is fresh, organic and locally sourced.
Down The Rabbit Hole is one of those happy and glossy places that makes you feel good about yourself - not only because of the wine. Its relaxed atmosphere, scenic location and friendly hosts provide a perfect setting to while away a sunny afternoon.