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The D'Arenberg Cube

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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia. https://www.facebook.com/paula.mcmanus1
Published May 4th 2017
Extraordinary Architecture
Opening in late 2017 is an exciting new cellar door, restaurant and winery building at D'Arenberg Winery in McLaren Vale.

D'Arenberg Cube
The D'Arenberg Cube (İpaula mcmanus)


This extraordinary Rubik's Cube looking, five-storey building is called 'The Cube' and is almost complete. Once finished, visitors will have incredible views over the Willunga hills and local vineyards. It's incredibly modern and sits imposingly over the landscape. The striking colours of the building's exterior reflect the blues and greens of the surrounding countryside.

Inside The Cube will be a new restaurant, new public and private tasting rooms, offices and several bars.

The top two levels are turned obliquely to the floors below, giving the building an interesting twist. The Cube's entrance is origami inspired and this building is guaranteed to gain a lot of local and international attention.

D'Arenberg Cube
The D'Arenberg Cube (İpaula mcmanus)


Chief winemaker at D'Arenberg Chester Osborn is excited about the Cube, which has been in the planning for 10 years. His winery cellar door is one of the busiest in the McLaren Vale area and visitor numbers often reach the capacity. There was a definite need for extra room for visiting guests. The Cube is going to be a major tourism drawcard for the whole area and it'll become an architectural icon for the Fleurieu region.

The Cube has been built with the help of a $2 million State Government Regional Development Fund grant. The architect is Nick Salvati at ADS Architects and builders are Sarah Construction and CPR Engineers.

D'Arenberg Wines is an Australian owned winery and was founded in 1912.

The current home for the cellar door and D'Arry's Verandah Restaurant is within a gracious 19th-century homestead, which will remain where it is in its beautiful garden setting. Both buildings, the old and the new, will compliment each other.

D'Arenberg Cube
The D'Arenberg Cube (İpaula mcmanus)


The winery makes all of their wines from grapes grown in their vineyards in McLaren Vale and also from sources in the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula. Many of the traditional winemaking techniques are used, such as foot treading and basket pressing.

The Cube is set in amongst rows of Mourvèdre vines - the grapes from which goes into their very popular Stump Jump Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre wine.

The restaurant within The Cube will become a culinary experience. Michelin trained head chef Brendan Wessels and his wife Lindsay Dürr have been engaged to create unique and exciting seasonal dishes that will make this restaurant a stand-out in it's field. D'Arenberg wines will of course compliment all of the meals perfectly.

The Cube's opening date is still to be announced. Stay tuned!

D'Arenberg Cube
The D'Arenberg Cube (İpaula mcmanus)

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Why? Add the D'Arenberg Cube to your 'must visit' list when visiting McLaren Vale
Where: D'Arengberg Wines, Osborn Rd, McLaren Vale
Your Comment
A stunning building, Paula - will definitely look out for it when next we visit Adelaide!
by Elaine (score: 3|5603) 564 days ago
I expect we shall one day see this remarkable building featured on TV in "Grand Designs."
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6154) 562 days ago
The Cube is not bad but is more a commercial tool than a wine learning place.
You have to pay 10$ to enter into it.
by buiss (score: 0|5) 247 days ago
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