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One final approval before Main & Cherry begin build of impressive cellar door

Benefiting of an amphitheatre style vineyard, the surrounding views of the Happy Valley Reservoir and Gulf St Vincent are impressive to say the least, and will be in full view from the proposed cellar door.

Digital renders courtesy of Main & Cherry

South Australian winery, Main & Cherry only have a few more steps to take before they can begin the build of a highly anticipated cellar door, that’s set to become a Chandlers Hill destination.

Plans for the addition began in mid 2019 with Brown Falconer the chosen firm in producing the architecturally stunning cellar door.

“Our architect, Mario Dreosti and the team at Brown Falconer have done an amazing job in designing a welcoming space for visitors to sample our wines in a casual atmosphere,” Main & Cherry winemaker, Michael Sexton says.

The Main & Cherry cellar door will be situated near the gateway to the Fleurieu, atop some of the highest elevated vineyards in the McLaren Vale region.

Benefiting of an amphitheatre style vineyard, the surrounding views of the Happy Valley Reservoir and Gulf St Vincent are impressive to say the least.

Michael says that the design of the building blends in with the beautiful countryside, often affording an incredible sunset.

“We love the idea that our proposed cellar door would encourage people to stop in, try our wines and then follow on to the beautiful township of Clarendon along the way to McLaren Vale,” Michael says.

Residing in Chandlers Hill with his partner and two children since 2016, after growing up on his family’s original Cherry Gardens Vineyard, Michael says that the cooler site grows beautiful Shiraz and Grenache.

The family oriented roots from which Main & Cherry blossomed, is reflected in the design of the venue.

The cellar door will offer a quirky and intimate experience with the duo’s alpacas, sheep, and flock of Indian Runner ducks roaming through the vines.

“It was important that the design captured a warm, inviting and family friendly atmosphere,” Michael says.

A top 50 finalist in Australia’s Young Gun of Wine awards, Michael’s wines are boutique and vibrant, and will be complemented on the food front with local produce.

“We are planning to build an in-house providore in the cellar door, focusing strongly on amazing local, South Australian produce.”

“Our vision is for our cellar door visitors to build their own ‘ploughman’s lunch and platters’ from our providore section, that will be stocked with smallgoods, cheese and olives – all of which would ideally be sourced within a 150km radius of our cellar door.”

Other small, family owned and operated companies are top of the list to stock for Main & Cherry, who are planning on working closely with Beston Edward’s Crossing, who are known for their award-winning Murray Bridge cheese.

“Our vision is to have people be able to enjoy these platters out on our long deck that would be overlooking the vineyard, or have a picnic on the adjacent planned lawned area,” he says.

If the cellar door’s design is approved, the build will begin almost immediately.

Main & Cherry’s cellar door will join the burgeoning community in Chandlers Hill and Clarendon, who have recently celebrated the addition of Dawn Patrol Coffee’s roastery.

“It’s going to be a fantastic destination on the doorstep of Chandlers Hill, Clarendon, Happy Valley, Flagstaff Hill and Blackwood,” Michael says.

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