Luxury dining experiences in McLaren Vale are set to challenge convention with the opening of the d’Arenberg Cube scheduled for late 2017. Offering sensory experiences designed to entice and stimulate the senses, the appointment of head chef, Brendan Wessels, is the first of many exciting announcements about this highly anticipated restaurant. Assisting with research, development and implementation of the culinary experience is Lindsay Dürr.
After many years training in a Michelin starred kitchen, travelling and learning about global gastronomy, and more recently working at The Lake House and Leonards Mill, South African husband-and-wife team Brendan and Lindsay are working together to create a unique dining adventure.
“The restaurant will serve exceptional dishes that engage the imagination of our guests, amusing
and delighting them,” Brendan said. “It’s not just about the food, it’s about the individual experience
for each customer.”
The man behind the d’Arenberg Cube is fourth generation family member and current Chief Winemaker, Chester Osborn. “The restaurant is going to be very unique,” he said. “Every aspect has been carefully considered to create an environment that stimulates the senses, with a playful element. There are dining chairs that explode with colour, tables crafted from old oak barrels, and eclectic pieces of art I’ve collected over the years.”
The new restaurant will offer seasonally changing degustation menus, with an extensive wine list featuring a selection of imported wines, and both current vintage and museum releases from d’Arenberg. d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant is also located on the d’Arenberg property, housed in a restored 19th century homestead with views over the rolling hills of Willunga. d’Arry’s will continue to serve lunch daily, offering both a la carte dining and degustation options.
The official opening date for the d’Arenberg Cube is yet to be announced, d’Arenberg have engaged
the services of Martin O’Connor at MOCO Restaurant Consultants to assemble an experienced