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Published December 3rd 2014
Come and visit the all new Seppeltsfield
After $3m and the better part of 12 months work, the all new Seppeltsfield is open as an all new mutli-faceted tourist destination. Combining traditional features, historical memories and contemporary thinking, Seppeltsfield has something for everybody.
Tasting Pods, a VIP mezzanine lounge and automatic glass cleaners have totally transformed the former Seppelt Bottling Hall in to a modern and contemporary Cellar Door that appeals to today's consumers.
Throughout the Cellar Door, Mintaro slate, most of which came from Seppeltsfield's 1888 gravity cellar, has been expertly entwined to the original bottling hall architecture as wall features, fire place surrounds and stair treads. The slate has been complemented by Bluestone, ornate brick window arching and priceless Oregon and Jarrah timbers, all of which have been exposed after decades hidden under an inherited paint scheme.
The four tasting pods feature a Wine Educator inside the pod, with up to 20 guests circling the circular pod sampling the local delights with full visibility of all wines, samples and pourings. Providing a more intimate feel for wine lovers, these cellar door pods are likely to become staples amongst other cellar doors in the future.
Accompanying the new Cellar Door in a coup for the Barossa's burgeoning culinary scene is FINO At Seppeltsfield, the new restaurant from David Swain and Sharon Romeo, which complements their original Willunga venue. In supporting the restaurant and the region, the pair have formed a number of key Barossa produce relationships including the Angas family's Hutton Vale Lamb and SchuAm Berkshire Pork of Freeling in order to showcase the best food and produce in the region.
The main restaurant dining area is housed in the area that used to house the 150 year old bluestone wine blending tanks with some of the area cleared to make a large open area surrounded by glass and in direct view of the kitchen. Alongside this is a tunnel-like laneway where 1860s wine blending tanks have been hollowed out, to enable diners to sit under Seppeltsfield's famed Centennial Cellar, which holds every barrel of Tawny (Port) from 1878 to current year.
FINO Restaurant : Underground Seating - Steve Hudson
With further alfresco dining space in the central courtyard, complete with Parisian furniture, seven Canary Island palm tree transplants, stone terraces and promenades and water features, the restaurant is sure to become a significant attraction in its own right.
In late 2013, the Jam Factory opened a contemporary craft and design studio at Seppeltsfield to provide a home to highlight a showcase local talents. The Jam Factory have sales and displays of local arts and crafts, and often have special themed exhibitions.
And for those wanting a more detailed tour of the vineyards and grounds of Seppeltsfield, why not go on a Segway Sensations guided tour. Hour long tours leave at 10am, 12 noon and 2pm daily with an optional lunch package in the picnic area also available.
The Seppeltsfield Cellar Door is open from 10:30am to 5:00pm daily with further details on their website. FINO is open for lunch 7 days a week, and for dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings with further details on their website.