Iconic McLaren Vale winery d’Arenberg is creating an innovative and eye-catching new tourism drawcard for McLaren Vale.
The new $11 million winery visitor centre – called ‘The Cube’ – will feature a larger cellar door, allowing for up to eight times more visitors, while a new restaurant and function space will be able to cater for a threefold increase.
The project will support job creation in the region, generating 150 jobs during construction and 58 new ongoing jobs within 18 months of the centre’s opening across the business including customer service, hospitality, and sales.
Chief Winemaker and Viticulturalist at d’Arenberg Wines, Chester Osborn said that thanks to a $2 million Regional Development Fund grant, the family-owned company will be able to progress confidently and on time with the exciting project.
“The RDF grant we’ve received will support the core structure building construction, internal fitout, equipment, and grounds and carpark development,” Mr Osborn said.
“The new state-of-the-art centre will feature tasting rooms, wine themed experiences, a restaurant and function areas and sales of local produce, as well as our iconic d’Arenberg wines.
“Visitors will be able to enjoy a range of wine experiences over five floors, including different ways to learn about the wine making process, audio visual technology, sensory activities, pairing wine with food and the chance to blend their own wines.
“It will also offer foreign language services, in particular to be able to serve the growing Asian tourism market.”
The State Government’s Regional Development Fund drives economic growth and productivity by offering grants to boost investment in regional infrastructure and the creation of jobs and new opportunities for regional South Australia.
For more information visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/rdf