Professional passionate staff that go above and beyond
Just like a restaurant, great staff can lift and take a cellar door tasting to a whole new level. We look for staff that are knowledgeable, who are happy to educate and pass on their experience. We love passionate people who smile when they talk about their wines, like any proud parent would do when they talk about one of their kids. We enjoy a sense of fun and are partial to a wicked sense of humour.The girls and guys at the following wineries are the people who did their cellar doors proud and made a visit to their winery cellar door a truly great experience.
“Totally professional run cellar door!” That is how I would describe Campbells. The wine tasting list is extensive and for a region that is know for its fortifieds and reds, this cellar door is a beacon for those who are craving some white wine. With the help of my gracious host I began with a beautiful Trebbiano and my journey continued through the list with expert advice given of what wine to try next. All the staff were just fantastic. A selection of cheese, charcuterie and “more”, as they like to put in can be purchased to make up a hamper.
An original 1890’s building has been converted into this beautiful modern cellar door. The fit out is classy and the ideal place to taste the many great wines from Katnook. An adjoining room had a few toys to keep the little ones occupied as well as a self-service coffee machine. The wines across the board were consistently high in quality and fell into two main ranges. The staff were beyond excellent and very helpful. Every visit to Coonawarra should include one to Katnook for the excellent range of quality wine and a classy cellar door.
Little River Winery is only just around the corner from the main strip but you’d think you were miles away in this charming little oasis. The service here was fantastic, not only from the lovely lady serving me at the cellar door, but you could also hear other tables in the café laughing along with their waitress. A smallish but diverse range of wines is available. A great spot for smaller groups.
An alfresco area leads to a small tasting room where it was a joy to listen to the lady as she explained the wines, while the playful banter between the staff was really infectious. A display of unusual bottles hinted that they were something special. A 1974 Rare Pedro Ximénez blend of vintages back to 1974 was truly special.I loved that I got to talk to people who truly cared about what they were doing, in a peaceful, relaxing venue, with genuine laughter and funny stories. What a great way to end the day.
The long tree lined driveway up to Rymill would have to be one of the prettiest in the region. Four different ranges house an extensive list of wines to try. The tasting room is spacious and the service was impeccable. Visit Rymill for the large range of wines the beautiful surrounds and the knowledgeable service that was spot on. Many other cellar doors could learn a lot from Rymill on how to offer professional service from their staff.
Kangarilla Road surpassed my expectations for many reasons and it was our wonderful host and the great list of wines with many eye opening moments that played a large part of it. Our host was fantastic, fun, down to earth and very knowledgeable not only on Kangarilla wines but of the McLaren Vale region. She suggested we finish our tasting with the five various Shiraz they have on offer so that we can taste the difference that come from wine making techniques or the different parcel of grapes. A great experience awaits, where you can discover another world of Kangarilla Road wines that you never knew existed.
Here at Yangarra their ace up the sleeve is our host and their cellar door manager, Genevieve. She took what could have been a good wine tasting experience to something that was out of this world. Genevieve has amazing knowledge but does not preach to you about the virtues of wine. With just under ten wines on tasting we imagined being here a short while, but we were so captivated by the passion and willingness of the cellar door manager to share the knowledge she had gained with others that time just flew so quickly. Go visit Yangarra if you have a passion for learning about wine and the winner of the best cellar door person 2013 in McLaren Vale (Yangarra’s Genevieve) will assist you tremendously.
A little cellar door that has a small selection of wines but the wines we tasted were fantastic and Phil, the winemaker was there to take us through his wines. This passionate winemaker gave us a tour of his operations and an insight into his winemaking. He took out the bunt of a newly purchased and never been used French oak barrel so we could smell the characteristics that the barrel would impart on the wine. We learnt so much from our visit here and tried some great wine. Don’t be afraid to ask some questions and your gracious host and winemaker will reward you with his knowledge.
We had a really great experience at Rolf Binder. Apart from the good wines we tried, our friendly chatty host was bursting with knowledge and passion and really took the tasting to the next level. She helped guide us through the wine list and filled in the blanks for us. Our first stop from this good selection of wine was the Eden Valley Riesling, which was excellent, then a very good Cabernet/Malbec/Shiraz and their iconic Veritas Bulls Blood. A great spot to visit that will keep all members of the family happy.
Located next to the tourist information centre in Clare Valley, Greg Cooley makes for an easy stop if you’re a first time visitor to the Clare. An excellent range of wines and as usual in the Clare our tasting begins with a Riesling. Our host Lisa is very knowledgeable and a lot of fun, the type of girl that would hold court at a dinner table. She answers all our questions and takes the stuffiness out of wine tasting. She was not only good at explaining all the wines of Greg Cooley but her knowledge of the Clare Valley and other wineries in the region and what each specialize in was extremely helpful when planning where else we should visit.
I was fortunate enough at this winery to have an absolutely gem of a person guide me through the four different ranges of wine with close to twenty wines available to taste. Through the tasting my guide would point out certain blocks of vines that went into the different wines that I was drinking.
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