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Adelaide Hills winery Nepenthe opens reimagined cellar door complete with guided tastings, VIP experiences and locally supplied picnics on the sprawling lawn

Brand News | May 2023

10 May 2023: Today Adelaide Hills winery Nepenthe unveils its stunning multi-million dollar refurbished cellar door with sustainability and Australian design at its heart.

The two-year project, which included South Australian government investment, has seen the Nepenthe cellar door transform into a world class experience celebrating the best of the cool-climate wine region.  

Brought to life by renowned boutique design specialists Black Rabbit Architects and Interiors and experienced South Australian father-and-son builders Templeton Built, Nepenthe’s new cellar door features four incredible spaces:

  1. The barrel room opening directly to the sprawling lawns and Adelaide Hills beyond
  2. The Apex room for VIP experiences
  3. The gallery for indoor grazing and guided wine tastings
  4. The deck and lawn for alfresco experiences

Nepenthe Winemaker James Evers says the new cellar door will cement South Australia as one of Australia’s premium wine states and Nepenthe as the benchmark.

“For decades, our approach to winemaking has been minimal intervention with maximum quality results. Now with the outstanding new cellar door experience, we can showcase the vibrant, fresh and textural point-winning wines that we produce here, including our 94-point Sauvignon Blanc and our new release APEX Pinot Noir. We look forward to welcoming guests to experience it,” Evers says.

The reimagined Nepenthe cellar door experience includes:

  • A new guided wine tasting menu, where patrons can select between sparkling and white, red wine, alternative European varietals and Adelaide Hills renowned.
  • Taste of Nepenthe: A self-guided flight to enjoy at your own pace, featuring the Prestige Cuvee, Elevation Sauvignon Blanc, Pinnacle Chardonnay, Pinnacle Pinot Noir.
  • VIP experiences: private APEX Tasting Experience, Barrel Room private bookings, APEX Room exclusive group bookings.
  • Picnic on the lawn: Elevation wine paired with Cheese, Crackers, Paste and Olives.
  • Food: A curated selection of food sourced from local Adelaide Hills producers.

Featuring custom made furniture by local craftsman, the space is a homage to the best of Australian design including custom made pieces by Agostino and Brown, Timberwolf, Arquette, Barnaby Lane and KW Ceramics. 

The reimagined Nepenthe cellar door is now open daily from 10am-5pm at 93 Jones Road, Balhannah, SA, 5242. Visit for more information or to pre-book your tasting and food experience.