As a grateful recipient of a state grant, the Harch family and staff shared their success this week with the launch of their new cellar door site. Located at Sawpit Gully Road, Keyneton, the original home was transformed by Bartsch Builders Barossa into a cellar door complete with impressive tasting bar, upstairs wine room and cellar.
It complements the luxurious bed and breakfast next door, which was also open for invited guests to inspect, and surrounding vineyards with 360-degree scenic views.
In his speech to the crowd, owner Trevor Harch shared how the original home was constructed in the 1880s with just two rooms, which became a butcher front in the 1900s.
Mr Harch, a construction developer in Queensland – who refers to himself as an unofficial spokesman for the wine region – brought the Barossa to Queensland’ in the late 1990s. He went on to showcase and support boutique Barossa wineries wherever possible through his retail and wholesale avenues.
He and wife Marilyn had fallen in love with the Barossa during a visit and later purchased Tanunda Cellars.
The Harchs even opened Brisbane’s premiere wine bar, which he called Bar Barossa.
“This addition to our vineyard will provide an authentic and historical cellar door experience, to both complement and complete our Eden Valley wine tourism offering,” marketing manager Megan McMurdo said.
Brockenchack Wines, created for family generations to come, is named in honour the Harch’s four much-loved grandchildren Bronte, Mackenzie, Charli and Jack.
The cellar door grant was awarded through the South Australian Wine Industry Development Scheme.