If you are a true wine enthusiast, you must have visited a couple of wineries/vineyards for experiencing South Australia wines by now. There is nothing like the feeling of seeing the wine being freshly crafted in front of you – with different grape fragrances intermixing in the air, lush fields spreading as far as the eye can see, and a top-class restaurant nearby filled with delicious cuisines & cheeses to pair with.
d’Arenberg, a leading South Australia wines manufacturer, recently inaugurated an innovative and multi-sensory wine estate comprising a museum, restaurant and cellar door – all rolled into just one scenic and magnificent structure. Taking over 3 years and 7 million dollars to be constructed, this Rubik’s Cube is an ideation of fourth-generation grower & Chief Winemaker – Chester Osborn.
A breathtaking sight amongst the rolling green countryside of South Australia, the 5-storey d’Arenberg Cube seems to float above the lush vineyards because its base is hoisted 5 feet above the ground. The top 2 stories of this quirky structure are rotated on their axes, giving the impression of a half-solved Rubik’s Cube. Chester explains that this design was implemented to mirror the fact that winemaking itself is kind of a puzzle.
As soon as you open the door to step inside, colourful wine themed murals can be seen all over the walls. This is in addition to a peep show mechanism playing a video showing Chester and his friends partying. A speaker plays sounds mimicking the wind ruffling the vineyards outside, while the room is covered from top to bottom with fake fruits and flowers.
The fourth floor houses the cellar door where the shelves are lined with some of the most notable d’Arenberg wines, with the bar drapes with actual grapevines. The third floor is allocated to the uber-colourful restaurant littered with brightly patterned furniture. Expat chef couple from South Africa – Lindsay Durr & Brendan Wessels, cater to the guests with their degustation menu consisting of either 10 or 16 courses – with the dessert being 3D printed!
Head to this South Australia wines marvel right away to treat your senses with a spectacular experience.