East Coast Wine Trail

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Monday, 28 June 2021

Delatite unveils multi-million dollar expansion

Victoria has a new multi-million-dollar cellar door and restaurant after the opening of the new Delatite facility in Mansfield.

With views over Mt Buller and the Alpine ranges, the state-of-the-art, sustainable building replaces the modest 1980s cellar door that Delatite has outgrown in recent years.

Managing director David Ritchie, whose parents Robert and Vivienne planted the first grapes over 50 years ago, says the aim was to build a cellar door that tells the same story as the wine.

“Obviously, we want our customers to have the best possible time when they visit us,” he said.

“Whether it’s drinking our wine or visiting where we make it, we want a place that shows our commitment to quality and our care for the environment.”

Delatite has been using biodynamic practices in their vineyard for 15 years now is environmentally aware.

The new Delatite cellar door and restaurant has a large tasting area, with 180-degree views over the vines, neighbouring farmlands, Mt Buller and Timbertop.

To the north of the tasting room is the restaurant, enjoying the same eastern views as the tasting room and plenty of natural lighting.

Locally sourced food and produce is at the centre of the seasonal menu.

Up to 60 guests can be seated indoors with additional dining on the outdoor deck and courtyard.

The designer was Melbourne-based practice Lucy Clemenger Architects, where the senior partner is Vivienne Ritchie’s niece.

“I contacted Lucy to ask if she had any ideas who might design it and she said, ‘would you mind if I throw my hat in the mix?’,” Ritchie said.

The facility is at 390 Pollards Rd, Mansfield and is open from 11am-5pm daily. See www.delatitewinery.com.au

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