One of Australia’s leading winemakers, Handpicked, has opened a luxury cellar door in the heart of Melbourne at the high-end precinct, 80 Collins.
Within the three-level space there is a retail wine shop, with integrated tasting pods, a cheese, charcuterie and wine bar, a mezzanine overlooking the cellar door and an ‘experience room’ for wine flights and education.
Handpicked Chief Winemaker, Peter Dillon said: “What’s unique is the fact that our passion for making great wines is not limited to one region or style. We are lucky to work with the best regions and varietals in the country, which allow us to express the wine’s style true to its character.
“With that being said, our production team and facility are based in Victoria, so Victorian wine regions and the Melbourne community are very special to us – which is why we are excited by this new location.
“The goal with our cellar door is to bring the charm of viticulture and winemaking to an urban experience, where we can share and celebrate great wines with our guests. We have just released three new wines off two incredible sites we acquired in Tasmania a couple of years ago that are in conversion to organics, and we are excited to show these sorts of wines to our customers.”
With design by leading architectural and interior design firm, DesignOffice, the cellar door is an evolution of the flagship cellar door in Chippendale, Sydney and is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and supper.
Operations Manager, Andrew Robinson, said: “As well as curated wine tastings, we have wine flights on offer, barrel tastings and regular wine workshops held in the dedicated events space and led by our stellar team. For convenience, wines can be purchased at the cellar door or delivered within three hours, paired perfectly with a selection of cheeses and charcuterie.”
The venue is located in the 80 Collins precinct, on the corner of Pink Alley and Benson Walk in Melbourne’s CBD and opened to the public earlier this week.