A little piece of the Barossa is now permanently in Sydney as Château Tanunda opens its new cellar door in The Rocks today.

The concept offers a space where wine enthusiasts can explore some of the Barossa’s most distinctive wines during privately hosted wine experiences in the heart of Australia’s largest city. Fine wine specialist Justin Lambert has been engaged to manage the tasting room and is looking forward to his role as a Barossa ambassador.

“This exciting initiative is the first of its kind for Sydney. Our Old Vines Expressions tasting experience is an exploration of some of the rarest wines in the world, from vines that are 50, 100 and 150 years old,” Lambert said.

“The space is intimate, with groups limited to 18 people, to create hosted experiences that are truly personal and special.”

Michelle Geber, Managing Director Château Tanunda, explained what the cellar door will offer: “Visitors can expect a one-to-one tasting experience that brings the Barossa to Sydney – a tasting experience of wines from some of the oldest vines in the world. In addition, we are offering a rare opportunity to experience the highly collectable Old Vine Expressions during a hosted tasting.

“Our guests can experience wines from 50, 100 and 150-year-old vineyards, including our iconic world-renowned Everest Shiraz wine. Learn about the famous Old Vines of the Barossa and what makes them produce some of the best wines in the world. These rare and collectable wines, valued at $1250, come from some of the oldest vineyards in the world.”

She added: “The Château Tanunda signage hanging at the entrance to St James Station at Hyde Park was the inspiration to open a tasting room in Sydney. The almost century-old sign has been a fixture since World War II soldiers walked down the stairs of St James Station to embark on trains as they headed off to war. So we have a historical connection to Sydney, with the sign now heritage listed. Sydney is part of our DNA.

“Now, with the pandemic causing intermittent state border closures, it’s perfect timing to bring the Barossa to Sydney, where so many of our most loyal Château Tanunda customers live.”

The unique cellar door is set to offer privately hosted tastings of Château Tanunda’s most sought after wines from the Single Vineyard ‘The Chateau’, through to the Terroirs of the Barossa and rare and collectable Old Vine Expressions from 50, 100 and 150 year-old vineyards.

The immersive experiences can be booked online or directly with the tasting room.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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