A new pop-up wine bar is headed to the Adelaide Hills, with cheeky label Farm Yard Wines opening a cellar door this January.
Taking over the stables at the Mount Torrens Hotel, Farm Yard Wines will have a dedicated home to pour the beloved but tongue-in-cheek labels like Pigs Arse and Loose Goose.
Opening January 30, the stables will be transformed into a wine lovers’ playground, with the launch party bringing live music, tasty food and of course, great wines to the Adelaide Hills.
The wine bar will exclusively pour Farm Yard Wines cheeky yet terrific drops, acting as an almost cellar door for the budding label.
Tickle your taste buds on the fine bubbles of the Gutsy Duck as you cool off from January’s balmy weather. For the Rosé lovers out there, the talented bartenders will be slinging tipples of the Randy Rabbit for you to sip on.
“The vision was for people to be able to come along, sit on the grass, tables and hay bales, have a wonderful afternoon listening to music and have a great time,” says Farm Yard Wines owner Gary Collis.
“With everything going on at the moment…sometimes an event like this lets people relax and remind people what it is like to listen to good music and have a few good drinks.”
Taking the stage at the launch party will be local blues and roots duo, Lily and the Drum, with their soulful set. Guests will also be treated to a delicious grazing board and with a glass of wine, bubbles or soft drink on arrival. Tickets to the event cost $30 for adults and $23 for children aged 12-18.
While the opening times for the wine bar isn’t yet set in stone, opening a place to house his cheeky wines is a dream come true for Gary. But it was his local watering hole, the Mount Torrens Hotel, who worked with him to make his dreams reality.
“The Mount Torrens Hotel sell all of the [Farm Yard Wines], and they had to keep listening to me talk about opening a wine bar,” says Gary.
“Then they said to me, Gary, let’s make your dream come true.”
The former SA employment ombudsman launched the label at the beginning of 2021, after Gary’s wife gifted him 12 bottles of Shiraz and a chance to design a wine label for his 70th birthday.
Since then, Farm Yard Wines has gone from strength to strength, with the wines being poured all over the state – from Port Pirie to the Adelaide Hills you can sip the sassy drops in pubs and hotels.
“I’ve spent most of my working life helping workers and employers, but I’ve always had a dream to have a wine label,” says Gary. “The dream keeps going.”
“This is inspiration for other people out there – live out the dream and don’t crush it, no matter how old you are.”
The Farm Yard Wines launch party is on January 30, from midday until 6pm. You can buy your tickets here.
Find Mount Torrens Hotel at 1 Townsend Street Mount Torrens SA 5244, Australia.