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The much anticipated grand opening of the new Seppeltsfield occurs on 21 November with public access available from Saturday 22nd November. This opening will mark a re-invention of Seppeltsfield as a multi-faceted tourism destination complete with restaurants, kiosks, picnic grounds, Arts Centre, leisure activities, and of course the Seppeltsfield Cellar Door.
Seppeltsfield, located at the end of several roads featuring majestic date palms, has been a long standing Barossa icon for tourists and visitors for many years. Since March this year, Seppeltsfield has been a hive of activity when redevelopment works commenced, with significant exterior and interior constructions continuing to take place. This redevelopment is one of the most significant architectural changes to this winery in almost 100 years.
The redevelopment sees the bringing together of two South Australian icons, being Seppeltsfield and FINO. FINO, who commenced in 2006, is an award winning restaurant in the McLaren Vale region that has amassed more accolades than any other South Australian restaurant in recent times. The owners of FINO, who have both been in restaurant and hospitality environments for nearly 30 years, are indicated their intent to becoming local by sourcing local Barossa produce and developing strong relationships with local farmers and vignerons.
The main restaurant dining area will be housed within the area that used to house the 150 year old bluestone wine fermentation tanks. From this dining area, patrons will be able to view Seppeltsfield's Centennial Collection barrels directly above as well as dine in tanks which fermented some of the Barossa's earliest 19th century vintages. Further alfresco dining space for FINO at Seppeltsfield will be in the central courtyard, complete with seven Canary Island palm tree transplants, stone terraces and promenades and water features.
Other internal works include the transformation of the original Seppelt bottling hall to include four Cellar Door tasting 'Pods' and a VIP mezzanine lounge. These changes are expected to introduce a new benchmark in terms of cellar door experiences.
The Seppeltsfield and FINO partnership builds upon the partnership with the JamFactory, whose contemporary craft and design studios opened at Seppeltsfield in 2013. In addition to the JamFactory studio, JamFactory artisans, including some based at the Barossa studios, have been commissioned to create ceramic crockery and custom table furniture to feature throughout the restaurant.
And in order to get a better appreciation of the whole complex, Seppeltsfield has welcomed Segway Sensations as an unique and interesting way to tour the vineyards and extended grounds. Take a tour on a Segway or take some time out in the picnic gardens alongside Benno's Kiosk for a quick coffee and ice cream as an ideal way to while away an afternoon.
The grand re-opening of Seppeltsfield, coupled with the introduction of FINO, is one of the most anticipated regional dining and hospitality experiences for some time and makes it a must visit for followers of fine wine, fine food and fine experiences.
The Seppeltsfield Cellar Door will be open 10:30am to 5:00pm daily with further details on their website. Opening hours for FINO are yet to be finalised, but are expected to include lunch and dinner each day with details coming on their facebook page soon.