Top cellar doors

December 05, 2017

Top cellar doors

The plans for our own cellar door are in full-swing (yay!) But to get to this point we’ve done a lot of investigating over many years (more than I would care to admit) into what exactly makes an exceptionally good cellar door experience.

The things that have made the biggest impressions on us are:

  1. The staff – friendly, warm, knowledge staff make all the difference. Staff intimately connected to the vineyard/winery i.e. vignerons, winemakers or a family member often make a wine tasting that extra bit special too.
  2. Location – a stunning view and/ or amazing, stylish cellar door structure always leaves a lasting impression.
  3. 'Inclusive experiences’ – we’ve visited a few cellar doors that take themselves all a bit too seriously (for our liking), as well as places that make you feel like a leper because you have kids in tow - none of whom have inspired us in the least!

Our vision for our cellar door at Nashdale Lane is simple; create an authentic, welcoming space and a wine tasting experience that caters to a wide range of wine lovers (from serious vino buffs to complete novices). 

We also felt we needed to make sure that parents don’t feel that kids are not welcomed -yet on the other hand we don’t want to turn the place into a free child care facility! The European style of child-friendly (think alfresco, think outdoor games like boules and oversized chess boards as well as a basic colouring-in corner) is were we are at. That and think a serious Game of Thrones style custom-built fire place for the cooler months where you can pull up a chair with a nice Nashdale Lane red, relax and enjoy!!

As we are breathing new life into a gorgeous old apple packing shed – a structure that is primarily made from aged galvanised steel, hardwood and iron beams,  in terms of a basic canvas to start with, it’s an awesome  one.

We've included images and materials that inspire us as well as references of a few great cellar doors – some based here in Orange while others are further afield.

Old materials, clean lines.

A building with a story and many more tales to tell.

Where Mediterranean influence meets Australian country.

Family friendly inclusive spaces.




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