New digs for Artisans

A “totally immersive” experience will greet visitors to Artisans of Barossa’s new home.

The Artisans collective will open the doors to its new digs on the corner of Vine Vale and Menge Roads, Tanunda, within 12 months, after the Barossa Assessment Panel approved its development application at last Tuesday night’s meeting.

The new premises will be purpose-built on the 56-acre vineyard property, which grows predominately shiraz and cabernet, along with some merlot.

The search for a new home was necessitated by the sale of Artisans’ current home, the 12-hectare Magnolia Vale property at Vine Vale.

NSW Riverina-based Calabria Family Wines purchased the property in August 2015 for $1.9 million and early last year, announced its intentions to move in after vintage 2019.

Artisans chief operating officer Howard Duncan said the need to find a new site had provided Artisans with the opportunity to rethink its business going forward.

“We discussed how we could express the ideal of Artisans, not only our wine, but also food,” he said.

The Artisans’ them will be to “explore and discover”.

“Everything will be run by Artisans; one team, one site,” Mr Duncan said.

“We are moving away from the tasting bar – which was innovative at the time (it was set up at Magnolia Vale).

“We have Australia’s only recognised regional culinary heritage here (in the Barossa) and we want to bring it all together.”

Completion of the project was expected by the end of this year and the doors to the new home would open in January 2019. 

In the interim, Artisans would continue to operate from its current Vine Vale premises.

Harvest Kitchen has chosen to remain at Magnolia Vale in a new partnership with Calabria Family Wines.

“Since early 2015, Artisans of Barossa has worked in tandem with Harvest Kitchen to become one of the most popular cellar door and restaurant destinations in Barossa,” Mr Duncan said.

“Peter, Tracy and Alex and their team have played a pivotal role, and we wish them continuing success working with Calabria Family Wines who have exciting plans for what we’ll always fondly remember as our first home.”

Through construction and initial operations, the Artisans project is expected to create more than 30 new full time equivalent jobs in addition to Artisans current staff, which Mr Duncan said would be “great for the region”.

The total value of the project is estimated at $3 million.