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Rieslingfreak’s bespoke Riesling Tasting Room edges closer to completion

Rieslingfreak lays down the law(n) with their latest update on the development of the Barossa’s unique Riesling-only Tasting Room.

Calling all Riesling freaks! Your response to our news that Tanunda’s Rieslingfreak was building a bespoke Riesling Tasting Room was so enthusiastic that we figured it was time for an update. With 18 different Riesling styles on offer for exploring, sip by sip, who wouldn’t be counting down the days for their doors to swing open in July?

Two months have passed since Glam Adelaide spoke to John Hughes from Rieslingfreak, and in that time, they’ve laid down a vibrant carpet of lush grass, giving it time to take root, settle and strengthen in preparation for all the incoming foot traffic. For all you Riesling lovers who have a penchant for al fresco sips under the sun, it’s a sure sign of lush days ahead.

Rieslingfreak’s Cellar Door Manager, Jamie Montgomery, was very excited to provide this update for Glam Adelaide:

“Yes, as you’ve seen on our social media platforms, we have Lawn! We are very excited, especially the Freak! Our Riesling BeSpoke Tasting Room is on track, with all our local trades hard at work to complete it, so we are ready for our July opening.

In the coming weeks, we will see all our cabinetry, bathrooms, and painting completed, then the exterior with our gardens and car park. Then the fun stuff, our custom furniture, and unpacking/setting up begins.”

Beyond their new tasting room, they’ve recently reinforced their stellar reputation for righteous Rieslings with a #20 ranking in Huon Hooke’s “The Real Review Top Wineries 2024″ for the fourth year in a row.”

As if that wasn’t impressive enough, their 2023 No.12 Flaxman Valley Riesling was featured in “The Real Review Top Wineries – 10 Must Try Wines”. They’re kicking goals (but not upon that fresh lawn, at least not yet).

Established in 2009, Rieslingfreak was born from John Hughes’ love for the Riesling style.

“What I love about Riesling is the diversity of the grape. We at Rieslingfreak make dry, sweet, sparkling and fortified Riesling. There are not many grape varieties in the world that allow the diversity of styles, like Riesling. Therefore, I think Riesling accommodates for many different tastes and people’s preference on styles to drink” says owner and winemaker John Hughes.

The winery’s portfolio is a tour de force of the wide variety of Riesling styles and regions and the craft of transporting them from vine to glass. They source their delicious wine from some of Australia’s top-producing Riesling regions, including Polish Hill River, Eden Valley, and Clare Valley.

Where many others try to be all things to all consumers, Rieslingfreak hones in on its devotion with its Riesling-only tasting room, identifying its unique offering as a point of difference that will embraced within the already competitive Barossa wine region.

“Being a Riesling-only tasting room, with the Barossa being a red wine dominant region, I think it is going to make it very easy for Rieslingfreak to stand out.” says John.

John’s vision for the new tasting room has put mise-en-scene at the forefront of the design process. With every single design detail curated to create the best experience for Riesling freaks alike.

“Both Belinda and myself have designed what we believe is a bespoke Riesling Tasting Room. The room has been designed with a lot of thought put into lighting, design and fixtures, providing an environment we believe will best showcase Riesling,” says John

“We love locals calling into our Tasting Room, especially later in the afternoon, when there is always time for a glass of Riesling, and a chat about all the wonderful things happening around our local community. We do with Rieslingfreak say ‘Reverence of Riesling’, and I am hoping our new tasting room will give new meaning to this and will become a welcoming place for locals to come and give reverence to Riesling, and celebrate all thing Barossa.” says John.

“Customers should expect a welcoming tasting room that will draw them in and allow them to explore the diversity of Riesling. They will be invited to take a seat, be shown Rieslings from different regions in South Australia, together with the diversity of styles, and hopefully leave feeling educated and have a new appreciation of the Riesling grape.”

Jamie conveyed, “The Freak team is building with excitement as we watch our new home, our new space, come together, which we can’t wait to share with our fellow Rieslingfreaks.

July will be here before we know it, and it coincides with the release of our 2024 Vintage!  Please keep watching our social media, Facebook and Instagram, for regular updates and sneak peeks.” 

What: Rieslingfreak Bespoke Private Tasting Room, Tanunda
When: 1 July, 2024* (Subject to change)
For more information on Rieslingfreak, head to their website.

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