A Golden Decade Dawns at Seppeltsfield
24 March 2014
In what will be the most significant architectural development to Seppeltsfield in over 100 years, one of twelve heritage listed buildings, the 1900 bottling hall, will be renovated to house the new Seppeltsfield cellar door and South Australia’s best regional restaurant, FINO @ Seppeltsfield.
The renovations will commence at the end of March after development
approval was received from State Heritage in August 2013 and from the Light
Regional Council in February this year.
The first dirt will be turned on Sunday 30th March by Seppeltsfield Managing Director Warren Randall, sixth generation Seppelt family member, Bill Seppelt and visiting USA Wine Spectator journalist, Harvey Steiman. A photography and interview opportunity will be made at 2.30pm on Sunday 30th March at Seppeltsfield, as Warren Randall turns the first soil of the cellar door renovations.
The official opening for the cellar door and FINO @ Seppeltsfield is planned for the end of October this year.
After sixteen decades of remarkable and stunning architectural development since 1851, Seppeltsfield estate is now recognised as a national treasure. The estate boasts twelve heritage-listed buildings and 2000 palm trees, now iconic to the Western Barossa landscape.
The exciting redevelopment will be the third major project undertaken by Warren Randall, since acquiring the South Australian icon in 2009.
His first restoration, a production project, was the 1888 Gravity Flow Winery. Completed in 2012, the winery is now crushing 5000 tonnes of super premium Barossa Valley Shiraz each vintage and employing 23 people.
His second restoration, the 1850 stables, was the first project of the much anticipated Seppeltsfield Tourism Master Plan and now houses JamFactory @ Seppeltsfield. The renowned Adelaide contemporary art and design studio unveiled their first regional outpost in November 2013, with the launch of a 1000 square metre facility at Seppeltsfield. JamFactory @ Seppeltsfield now employs three people and is home to another three artisans in residence.
Randall’s second Tourism Master Plan project will signal what he says will be the dawning of a “golden decade at Seppeltsfield”, at what is now becoming a monument to Australian winemaking history.
Along with cellar door and restaurant undertakings, the redevelopment works will also include substantial landscaping projects, including stone terracing, water features and palm tree transplantations. The landscaping will enable alfresco dining spaces for FINO @ Seppeltsfield as well as clear pedestrian connections from a welcome and information centre to cellar door and the JamFactory @ Seppeltsfield studios.
The estate will also launch a new tasting room concept, inspired from South Africa, where individual ‘pods’ will enable separate tasting zones hosted by specialised wine educators. Seppeltsfield will continue and expand upon its tour offerings and wine tasting flights, with a new VIP mezzanine part of the internal architecture additions.
The cellar door design has been conceptualised by architect Max Pritchard (Kangaroo Island Southern Ocean Lodge) with Barossa’s Bartsch Homes to execute the building and construction. The exterior works will be managed by landscape architect and Barossa local Brendan Hann, whose work includes Chateau Tanunda and Grant and Helen Burge’s Corryton Park). The landscaping will also take design cues from other estate buildings including the Barossa landmark Seppelt family mausoleum.
“Following the magnificent addition of JamFactory @ Seppeltsfield to the property last year, we are delighted to begin the next chapter in her story”, said Warren Randall. Our cellar door will better reflect the provenance of our wines, the quality of our people and the lifestyle experience we wish to evoke upon our guests”. “Our board and management team have a clear vision to become the wine and food tourism mecca of Australia”, he added.
FINO restaurant comes with immense culinary pedigree, with Sharon Romeo and David Swain to complement their original Willunga venue with a new Barossa location. “Their move to Seppeltsfield will undeniably further bolster the region’s dining reputation and in particular will highlight the Western Barossa as a culinary hot spot”, said Randall. “Appellation, Hentley Farm, Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop and FINO @ Seppeltsfield will be a compelling cluster”, he added.
During renovations, the Seppeltsfield cellar door has moved temporarily to be alongside JamFactory @ Seppeltsfield within the redeveloped 1850 stables building. Business will be as usual, with tours and tastings continuing to operate seven days a week, 10.30am - 5.00pm. Visitors are also welcomed to the estate to learn of the cellar door redevelopment plans through design impressions and architect drawings available for viewing on the property.
“The 1850 stables are a very cosy and welcoming place to taste our wines as we undertake the renovations to the 1900 bottling hall. Come and see for yourself what we are creating for Seppeltsfield and South Australia”, said Randall.
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