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Wine. Barrel. Tasting. Pods. Enticing right?
Chapel-turned-cellar door Berg Herring Wines is known for its small-batch, premium McLaren Vale wines. Situated in the picturesque location of Sellicks Beach, it is also known for its unique and exciting wine tasting experience that launched in February and will be on offer until April.
Owners Chloe Fitzgerald and Sam Dunlevy have been in the wine industry for fifteen years, and took five years to renovate and convert their 1862 heritage sandstone chapel into a boutique cellar door destination. With a distinct focus on emerging varietals, Berg Herring has been a success amongst McLaren Vale locals and visitors since its opening in 2020.
Chloe and Sam decided to start 2022 off with a bang by launching an exclusive tasting experience that immerses cellar door goers into the world of wine. Berg Herring has “converted two gigantic antique wine barrels into cosy pods, with seating for up to four people inside”.
These barrels are not only a way to taste wine, share a gourmet platter and enjoy the company of family and friends, they are also an experience that is intrinsic to the art of winemaking.
Visitors can enjoy a holistic exploration of winemaking, from overlooking the vines, to sitting inside a barrel that still faintly smells of wine soaked staves and lastly sipping away on a wine tasting to come full circle.
“Bookings can be made via their website in groups of two, three or four people for a one-hour time slot.”
Bookings in the barrels are “$40 per person and include a wine flight of six wines per person from the tasting list, a shared gourmet platter of local produce, plus a $10 wine voucher per person”.
This comes off the back of a major win for Berg Herring Wines, after scoring Best Small Cellar Door in McLaren Vale in Gourmet Travellers 2021 Cellar Door Awards.
Vintage for 2022 is well underway, with Berg Herring’s newest varietal of Blewitt Springs bush vine Grenache, set to be a new favourite. As winemaker, Sam strives for individuality using the likes of Barbera, Saperavi, Touriga, Fiano and Nero d’Avola varietals for a point of difference.
Berg Herring will be launching a new experience for the colder months, so stay tuned for updates on what is next for Chloe and Sam at Berg Herring’s Facebook page.
Tickets to enjoy the unique wine barrel tasting pods at Berg Herring available here.
You can find Berg Herring Wines at Lot 21 Sellicks Beach Road, Sellicks Beach.
Opening Hours: Friday-Monday 12pm-12am.
For more on SA’s wine (and chocolate) tasting offerings, see our guide.