David Franz Wines will be celebrating their 20th vintage this year with the opening of a new cellar door around May. It’s been an unusually long wait for vintage for grape growers and winemakers around the state but alas, David Franz have just seen the first sign and it’s all systems go!
David’s vision for the cellar door is that it’s to be less of a typical cellar door and more an exclusive wine bar that people love to hang out in and drink fabulous wine. He wants it to be a destination venue as much as a wine outlet. He’s also keen for the cellar door to develop into what it naturally wants to become.
“I’m not going in with too many plans or pre-conceived ideas. We’d love to use the space as an outlet for one-off events and just for people to enjoy. We’ll showcase local food in our light meals and just see how it all evolves.”
“We were hoping to have the cellar door completed already, but vintage is late this year and we’re only just beginning, so its a couple of months off from opening,” says David. “We have our 20th vintage coming up and it just seemed like a good opportunity to go for it; celebrate what we’ve achieved and look to the future.”
And so began the task to renovate the 1880s cottage into a cellar door which has been kept in the original style with Jarrah features and a new roof.
With a tonne of excellent wines (including a Franken-wine which mashes 108 varieties into one wine), elevated views of surrounding vineyards and the Tanunda skyline and the Lehmann heritage behind him, David’s cellar door is sure to be a wonderful place for lazing around on a Sunday afternoon.
“We do everything in house,” David explains. “We grow most of the fruit on the property, mature it and bottle it here, then label, wrap and package it all ourselves”.
A former graphic artist, David even designs some of the labels himself, tasting the wines first for inspiration and getting a feel for what the wine is saying before creating an image.
David Franz is located at 94 Stelzer Road, Tanunda
The cellar door should be open for business some time in May. Follow the progress and be a part of the journey through their Instagram here.