Hunter Valley winery Brokenwood Wines have broken ground on their Cellar Door complex, which is due to open in late 2018.

Eduardo and Maria Villa from Sydney’s Villa & Villa were brought on board to design the venue, while Integrated Project Group will manage the construction.

The building will feature a mixed palette of natural materials and will house a range of flexible spaces, all themed around the enjoyment of great wine. Brokenwood will feature customer-focused wine pods and a fire place.

A wine museum will include floor to ceiling glass overlooking the working barrel shed and private dining rooms will be available for hire. The new development will also feature a lookout and education space dedicated to long standing vineyard manager, the late Keith Barry.

Rare drops previously not-for-tasting and museum wines will be available thanks to an Enomatic wine dispenser, as will a selection of wine on tap.

“This marks a significant moment in Brokenwood’s history. Our current Cellar Door was built in the 70’s so this new venture means a lot to us, but most importantly it will allow for more fun and exciting wine experiences for our dedicated customers,” says Iain Riggs, chief winemaker and managing director.

An announcement will soon be made on the appointment of a Chef, but fresh and local produce will dominate the seasonal menu in both the café and restaurant.

“Our entertainment terrace will have a revolving calendar of events, music, pop-up guest chefs and food trucks. Picnic packs will be available for parents to relax on the front lawn while kids play or explore our on-site veggie patch,” says Geoff Krieger, general manager.

The current Brokenwood Wines Cellar Door will remain open throughout construction.

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