Family-owned winery Taylors Wines has opened its new cellar door, situated in the Clare Valley. The opening of the cellar door signifies the completion of a multimillion-dollar renovation project, led by GP Architects, Cook Building and Georgie Shepherd Interior Design.

The new cellar door is the first significant update to Taylors’ hospitality offering since the winery was established in 1969, moving from its existing cellar door in the main winery building, to a newly developed site as an extension to the original homestead.

The new venue provides a space for Taylors Wines to host tasting experiences and events, comprising five areas, the main tasting room, courtyard, east patio, event pavilion and the collectors club. Third-generation winemaker and managing director Mitchell Taylor spoke about the opening of Taylors Wines Cellar Door.

“This is the beginning of an exciting new era for our family winery. We wanted to elevate the experience with this new cellar door, so there are no half measures.

“Every detail in the project is considered, with design features that are sophisticated while being warm and inviting. The space truly reflects our family and the Taylors story, and we hope it will be the first point of call for visitors to our wonderful region.”

Managing director and winemaker Mitchell Taylor in Taylor Wines Cellar Door
Managing director and winemaker Mitchell Taylor in Taylors new Cellar Door

The venue has an expansive tasting counter, servicing the main tasting room which is anchored by a circular fireplace. The private collectors club members’ room, beside the main tasting room, is designed to hold up 18 people to conduct hosted tastings and events with views across the vineyard.

The Courtyard is sheltered by a Vergola roof and features a stone fireplace, alongside the East Patio which offers a more exposed outdoor setting. Sustainability was a focus in the development of the cellar door, with elements such as EV charging stations, solar panels and water conservation featured in the build.

Shaded in the internal courtyard at Taylors cellar door - photography by Anson Smart
The internal courtyard at Taylors Wines Cellar Door. Photography by Anson Smart

“Our goal has been to create a space that epitomises both Taylors Wines and the Clare Valley – it’s an original style all of its own,” said Kristina Soggee, Senior Project Architect at GP Architects.

As part of the venue launch, Taylors have introduced a range of informative tasting experiences. The wine and cheese tasting experience pairs four of Taylors’ award-winning wines with locally sourced cheeses, similarly, the wine and chocolate tasting experience matches wines with four individual chocolate squares from artisanal chocolate maker Cuvée.

Finally, the flagship wines tasting experience showcases wines from the Taylors Masterstroke and St Andrews ranges, alongside parcel release wines The Visionary Cabernet Sauvignon and The Pioneer Shiraz.

Taylors’ new Clare Valley Cellar Door is now open to guests, seven days a week from 10am to 5pm. Walk ins are welcome, with bookings recommended for tasting experiences.

Looking into the tasting counter of Taylors new Cellar Door.
Looking into the tasting counter of Taylors new Cellar Door. Photography by Anson Smart

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