Handpicked Wines has opened a luxury cellar door at the recently launched high-end precinct, 80 Collins, Melbourne.
The multifunctional three-level space doubles as a retail wine shop and premium cheese, charcuterie and wine bar. ‘Tasting pods’ are integrated within the retail area, which also includes an ‘experience room’ designed for wine flights and education, with a mezzanine that overlooks the cellar door.
The cellar door will showcase more than 50 wines from its award-winning vineyards including the Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley, Barossa Valley and Tasmania.
“What’s unique is the fact that our passion for making great wines is not limited to one region or style,” said Chief Winemaker Peter Dillon. “We are lucky to work with the best regions and varietals in the country, which allow us to express the wine’s style true to its character. With that being said, our production team and facility are based in Victoria, so Victorian wine regions and the Melbourne community are very special to us – which is why we are excited by this new location.
“The goal with our cellar door is to bring the charm of viticulture and winemaking to an urban experience, where we can share and celebrate great wines with our guests. We have just released three new wines off two incredible sites we acquired in Tasmania a couple of years ago that are in conversion to organics, and we are excited to show these sorts of wines to our customers.”
Andrew Robinson, Operations Manager, added: “As well as curated wine tastings, we have wine flights on offer, barrel tastings and regular wine workshops held in the dedicated events space and led by our stellar team. For convenience, wines can be purchased at the cellar door or delivered within three hours, paired perfectly with a selection of cheeses and charcuterie.”
The venue sits on the corner of Pink Alley and Benson Walk in Melbourne’s CBD and opened to the public on March 15.
Handpicked Wines opened its Sydney cellar door in 2016, located on the corner of Kensington and Outram Streets, in Chippendale.
Located in an exposed-brick warehouse that formerly housed a CUB brewery workshop, the cellar door offers a contemporary approach to the traditional wine-tasting experience in an inner-city setting.