Taste the world’s best Shiraz from Barossa winery Chateau Tanunda’s boutique cellar door in The Rocks.
Established in 1890, Chateau Tanunda was the birthplace of winemaking in the Barossa Valley. Today, their wines are a pure expression of this unique part of the world, with grapes typically handpicked, unfiltered and vinted with minimal intervention to let their true character shine.
Their unique winemaking philosophy is clearly working - Chateau Tanunda is considered one of Australia’s leading wineries and their Everest Shiraz has been awarded the title of best Shiraz in the world several times.
And the best part? You no longer have to leave Sydney to try their award winning Barossa wines fresh from the barrel. Chateau Tanunda is opening a boutique cellar door in the heart of The Rocks, serving exclusive tastings of their most sought after wines. Drop in soon, taste a few and take a bottle (or six) home for later.
Q&A with Michelle Geber, Managing Director Château Tanunda
What has inspired Château Tanunda to launch a tasting room in Sydney?
The Château Tanunda signage hanging at the entrance to St James Station at Hyde Park was the inspiration to open a tasting room in Sydney. The almost century-old sign has been a fixture since World War II soldiers walked down the stairs of St James Station to embark on trains as they headed off to war. So we have a historical connection to Sydney, with the sign now heritage listed. Sydney is part of our DNA.
Now, with the pandemic causing intermittent state border closures, it's perfect timing to bring the Barossa to Sydney, where so many of our most loyal Château Tanunda customers live.
Why was The Rocks the chosen location?
The building is as historic as the Château itself. The cellar door will be housed in a beautiful Sydney sandstone two-storey premise, built in 1861 in the narrow pedestrian streets of Nurse's Walk, allowing us to add to a footprint that's three centuries old.
What type of atmosphere and environment will the tasting room deliver?
The atmosphere will be similar to that of our cellar door in The Barossa, as we showcase our "Old Vine Expression" 50 / 100 / 150 year-old wines made from some of the oldest vines in the world. Imagine a genuine cellar atmosphere like you would find in the old world – intriguing and authentic.
The Barossa has a historic wine pedigree that spans 160 years. Visitors to our cellar door at The Rocks will be treated to wines made from grapes born from vines that are among the oldest in the world – truly some of the finest wines anywhere.
What type of experience can visitors expect?
Visitors can expect a one-to-one tasting experience that brings the Barossa to Sydney – a tasting experience of wines from some of the oldest vines in the world. In addition, we are offering a rare opportunity to experience the highly collectable Old Vine Expressions during a hosted tasting.
Guests can experience wines from 50, 100 and 150-year-old vineyards, including our iconic world-renowned Everest Shiraz wine. Learn about the famous Old Vines of the Barossa and what makes them produce some of the best wines in the world. These rare and collectable wines, valued at $1250, come from some of the oldest vineyards in the world.
Elite groups of corporate and wine enthusiasts are welcome and specialty occasion events of up to 18 people. With many wonderful hotels located in the vicinity, our cellar door is the perfect destination for their guests who wish to explore the top end of Barossa wines while holidaying in the heart of Australia's largest city.
Wine lovers can make an exclusive booking of up to 18 people – perfect for celebrating with family and friends. In addition, the cellar door will be a place for our customers, retailers and concierges to meet, and an educational centre for sommelier tastings.
We look forward to providing exclusive, bespoke experiences for high-end travellers and Sydney wine lovers who wish to taste some of the best wines in the Barossa, right here in Sydney.
When is the tasting room expected to open its doors?
A special preview will take place in August 2021 for our wine club members, with the official opening scheduled for the first week of September 2021.