East Coast Wine Trail

East Coast Wine Trail
East Coast Wine Trail

Monday, 19 October 2020

New cellar door attracts lots of attention


The new cellar door at McLaren Vale winery Dowie Doole has been attracting attention for its architectural merit. 

The tasting pod has been announced as a finalist in the in the ‘Architecture and Landscape’ category of the South Australian Best of Wine Tourism awards.

Opened in November last year, the pod is nestled in the heart of the Dowie Doole California Road Estate Vineyard in Tatachilla. It was formed by adapting shipping containers and shaded by a solar panel covered roofline. 

The exterior is a rough and raw material palette which is then transformed on entering the interior, where the same materials have been reļ¬ned and juxtaposed to provide an immersive and unique experience for visitors. 

Outside, a large timber deck surrounds the building, highlighted by a stone wall built with rock from the nearby vineyard. The interstitial space between the containers create organising elements providing activated circulation, breezeways, light pools, and frames for the landscape views.

The facility has also been awarded commendations for both Small Project Architecture and Sustainable Architecture in the AIA South Australia Architecture Awards in 2020.

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