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This new Barossa winery is so stunning that you won’t want to leave, and with its gorgeous accommodation, you won’t have to!
Alkina Wine recently opened at the end of 2020 after a six-year build, which included restoration of old buildings, planting new vineyards, and developing a brand-new tasting room. The winery has a cellar door with nibbles, which they refer to as the “tasting room,” overnight accommodation on the grounds, and of course their own wine label.
Guests of the tasting room can get a flight of five Alkina Wine varieties with charcuterie, cheese, and cornichons for just $30.
While they’re not a full-service restaurant, Alkina has a fire pit, asado grill, and a wood oven, so they’re equipped to cook over fire, and occasionally serve up hot foods. They can also cater lunch functions for small groups of around 30 people, but the majority of groups will come in just for the day.
“The tasting room is a sit-down, guided tasting; People come in for the full experience,” Dan Coward, Alkina’s sales and marketing head, says.
Guests order any wines from the vineyard’s two ranges, which are “Kin” (described as “approachable, bright, and textured with a savory character” by sales and marketing head Dan Coward) and simply named “Alkina” (detailed, complex wines with an intense “grip of tannin”). All of the wines are certified organic and biodynamic and grown on the vineyard’s 43 hectares of land.
“The only thing we don’t do on site is bottling; We grow the fruit on the estate, use natural ferments, and have never had a commercial yeast on the property,” Coward says.
“We care deeply about the health of the soil, health of the vineyard, and respect of country.”
Designed by Managing Director Amelia Nolan, the venue also has stunning accommodation for those who just can’t get enough of the beautiful wines and organic wines. They have a king accommodation for two in a 1850-built cottage, and two ensuite kings for four in the nearby homestead.
It can function either as a luxury b&b or self-catered accommodation. Alkina Wine can provide breakfast supplies, wines, and picnic baskets of supplies from the kitchen, as well as arranging hot foods, but they can also be hands-off if that’s preferred. They also have a cellar list of wines from around the world exclusive to accommodation guests.
Alkina Wine is open 11am – 5pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Find them online here.
Find the winery at 41 Victor Road, Greenock.