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Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Artisan winemakers cook up a new Barossa experience


The Barossa - Australia's premier wine tourism region - is set to get a new wine and food destination from next month. 

Eight family-owned wine producers - part of the Artisans of Barossa group - will open a new $3 million venue with a 200-person capacity in October. 

Artisans of Barossa is a group that has been working together since 2005 to promote its wines and raise awareness of the region’s small-batch winemaking scene.

The members comprise John Duval Wines, Spinifex Wines, Purple Hands Winery, Lienert Vineyards, - The Chaffey Bros, Schwarz Wine Co, Hobbs of Barossa Ranges and Sons of Eden. 

The group has already collaborated on two successful venues in the Barossa - their original cellar door to the east of Tanunda which operated for seven years until late 2018, and Vino Lokal Wine Bar & Wine Room in Tanunda, which opened in early 2019.

Artisans' new home, which is being constructed at Kroemer's Crossing in Tanunda, will host wine tastings along with a seven-day-a-week dining program and a store featuring Barossa and South Australian produce.

The menu will be inspired by the culinary traditions of the Barossa, with chef Ryan Edwards working closely with Artisans' winemakers to develop dishes matched to the wines using seasonal produce that is sourced locally. 

Artisans of Barossa spokesperson Howard Duncan said the group had been searching for the right location for some time and were excited with the possibilities that now lay ahead.

“Our purpose has to protect and promote the art of small batch Barossa winemaking, which has become an integral feature of Barossa’s wine identity over the past 20 years,” he said.

“Being able to showcase our wines in our own home, alongside exceptional food in a beautiful setting, is something we’ve been working on for nearly five years. Our aim was always to bring something new to the experience of enjoying Barossa wine, and we’re excited about what we’re about to deliver. 

"We are moving beyond the tasting bar as the central focus of the wine experience and want to present Barossa wine any way you like – the range and depth of experience visitors will enjoy at Artisans’ new home will be unmatched.

"Key experiences will include wine tastings, a range of dining options, space for special occasions such as weddings and a Barossa store called DelikatESSEN opening later in the year, which will be stocked with fresh produce from our own kitchen and local and South Australian producers. We also promise great coffee." 

The Artisans of Barossa wine tasting program will be delivered in three areas.

# The Tasting Room will offer sit down tastings from $10 and $15 a person,

#  The wine lounge offers views over the vineyards to the Barossa ranges with tastings priced at $30 per person.

# The Artisans Room which is a private space where visitors will explore more deeply the world of Barossa wine through hosted tastings beginning at $95 a head.

Restaurant Essen will be open for lunch from Thursday through to Sunday. There will be 40 wines on tasting, five from each winery plus a selection of Artisans of Barossa collaborative wines.

Artisans of Barossa will open on Friday, October 1 with construction well underway on site. See https://www.artisansofbarossa.com/


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