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Just a stroll from the popular beachside town of Port Elliot sits Factory 9, a creative hub that houses an eclectic group of people. Off the beaten track a number of sheds sit, one called The Joinery, which hosts Charlotte Dalton Wines and Cooke Brothers Wines.
The wine bar is teaming with activity, with live bands, colourful chalk boards and of course wine in an unfinished-style warehouse. Next to hugely popular, De Groot Coffee Co., the cellar’s name, Joinery at Factory 9, acts as a nod to its former proprietors who ran a creative hub there.
The two Adelaide Hills powerhouse wineries were started by respective winemakers Charlotte Hardy and Ben Cooke, who are connected in more ways than one; They are business partners and parents, with kids Ada and Sammy.
Charlotte has a relaxed attitude, and it’s evident that energy translates into the venue.
“We don’t want to talk at you about wine,” she says.
“It’s somewhere to come, drink wine and relax, and if you want to chat wine we can.”
It’s a place where you can hang out, play some pool, drink beer, share simple plates of local produce and, of course, try and buy delicious wine. Visitors will be able to taste both brands with mixed flights available. There will be some cellar door exclusives and Charlotte Dalton and Cooke Brothers collabs, under the name The Joinery. But there will be no rules, no pressure.
The venue is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11am until 3pm.
Find The Joinery at Factory 9, 89 – 91 Hill St, Port Elliot.