Today, St Hugo Wines officially opened the doors of its brand new home in the Barossa.
The Honourable Jay Weatherill MP, Premier of South Australia, declared St Hugo open to the 50 guests who attended the ceremony at the historic site in Rowland Flat.
“I am extremely proud to open this stunning St Hugo brand home today,” said Mr Weatherill.
“The success of this home of St Hugo in attracting new high end food and wine tourists will benefit South Australia not only through the boost to the local economy, but also by further enhancing our global reputation as a food and wine destination.”
Five years in the making, with the last 18 months the construction, the home of St Hugo marks a new milestone for the highly esteemed wine brand which started in 1983 with release of St Hugo Cabernet Sauvignon which is now the leading premium Cabernet Sauvignon in Australia*.
The building, including the renovation of the 1854 ironstone winery, was designed by JBG Architects in Tanunda and constructed by local builder Ahrens, with interior design by Studio Gram and lighting by LVX in Adelaide. The bespoke joinery was made locally by John Reuther Cabinet Makers, the stonework remediation by local masons Realstone and many other local businesses were used in the construction.
The multi-million dollar project was supported by a $1 million State Government Regional Development Fund grant. The Honourable Geoff Brock MP, Minister for Regional Development, said: “We are very pleased that our support of the $1 million Regional Development Grant has made the opening of the new St Hugo brand home possible. St Hugo showcases how our regional areas can deliver world class developments and experiences. It is a beautiful place to visit, and a great investment in the region.”
Set in the heart of the Barossa Valley, St Hugo is now open to guests who may indulge in tasting flights of premium red wines, intimate fine-dining, and bespoke wine tourism experiences.
Guests can savour wine by the glass or linger over a tasting flight at St Hugo, either by the open fire in the wine lounge, on the deck overlooking the vineyard, or book a private tasting in the lower level.
The wine list comprises the full range of St Hugo wines, including four “Private Collection” wines sold exclusively at the St Hugo home, together with a 1925 fortified wine made during the time when the brand’s name sake - Hugo Gramp - managed the G.Gramp & Sons winery.
James March, CEO, Barossa Grape & Wine Association said, “It is wonderful to see such an esteemed wine brand like St Hugo build its home in the Barossa, in a building that captures the rich history of the region, while introducing some exceptional new Barossa wines.”
The intimate 50-seat restaurant at St Hugo is nestled within the original ironstone walls, with arched picture windows framing the landscape. Locally renowned Executive Chef Mark McNamara has created a four or eight-course menu from fresh regional produce, with each dish created to enhance and complement a unique St Hugo wine.
St Hugo will also offer a range of unique fine wine tourism experiences for luxury travellers wanting to be indulged with bespoke experiences in an exquisite setting. The Premier said the development will elevate the wine tourism offering in South Australia to new heights and keep tourists in the Barossa region longer.
“With its premium experiences, the home of St Hugo will become another icon in the state as it is an exciting new destination for international and domestic tourists, and greatly enhances South Australia’s offering as an outstanding world-class food and wine travel destination.”