It is all change at Barossa Valley winery Elderton, where second-generation owners Cameron and Allister Ashmead have opened up their family home in Nuriootpa as the wine label’s new cellar door.
The opening of the former Tolley Homestead was low-key, marked by a Facebook post: "After more than 30 years in our old cellar door, things have moved to the next level. We welcome you to come and share the excitement in our new space, the original Elderton homestead."
After a major restoration to the building and surrounding gardens, the new Elderton Wines cellar door is one of only a handful to showcase a winery's heritage and history by opening up the family homestead to the public.
The new cellar door overlooks the old-vine Command shiraz block and features a private lounge and dining room, a 20-metre swimming pool, helipad and tennis court for Elderton Wine Club members, four private tasting rooms and multiple outdoor areas including a vine-covered dining area overlooking the lawns.
“It is a very exciting development for our family winery, and the whole team at Elderton cannot wait to show it off,” co-managing director Cameron Ashmead said.
The brothers grew up in the house with their parents, Elderton Wines founders the late Neil and Lorraine Ashmead.
Cameron Ashmead describes the building as: “One of Australia’s grandest examples of gentleman’s bungalow architecture from the World War I period.”
The new cellar door will provide facilities for private bookings, personalised wine experiences, bespoke wine events and corporate functions.
Visitors can also enjoy seasonal platters and tasting plates, coffee, learn about Elderton’s award-winning wines in the public tasting room and enjoy the lawns and gardens surrounding the homestead.
Elderton is at 3-5 Tanunda Road, Nuriootpa. Weekdays 10am-5pm, weekends 11am-4pm.