Historic Knappstein winery reimagined

October 20, 2020
By Ioni Doherty

Knappstein Wines in South Australia’s Clare Valley wine region has opened the doors to its fully renovated cellar door tasting room and unveiled plans for additional venue spaces to open later this year.

The new Knappstein tasting room is now open the public and more than triples Knappstein’s tasting room capacity. Later this year, the Knappstein wine lounge and underground cellar venue will be open to the public.

It is the first major renovation of the property in the last 15 years and spans the entirety of the heritage-listed Enterprise Brewery building first established by Fanny Eliza Filgate, the daughter of Clare’s founder Edward Burton “Paddy” Gleeson, in 1878. 

Knappstein Wines’ Tania Matz said, “We’re thrilled with the renovations. It’s exciting to now have a cellar door that matches Knappstein’s rich history and enviable winemaking reputation.”

The new cellar door sales and tasting room has moved from the north side of the Enterprise Brewery to the long frontage of the building, giving visitors a more expansive space to enjoy a Knappstein tasting experience. 

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The focal point of the room is a long granite tasting bench to conduct guided tastings. Seating room is also available for guests to relax with a glass of wine and ban antipasto platter filled with fresh produce from local providores. 

The renovations highlight the room’s original features, including the structural timber beams in the bulkhead and original sandstone facade of the building. 

Knappstein will open a wine lounge, complete with open fireplace, later this year and for the first time in its history, it will open its underground cellar venue, making it available for. Knappstein’s major events, live music performances, private tastings and dinner functions. 

“We are very excited about the potential uses for the underground cellar. It will be a fantastic space to enjoy during the winter months when we host live music events or special tastings,” Matz said. 

Towards the back of the cellar, Knappstein has created an exclusive museum display room to house the winery’s back vintage treasures. The room will be fitted to store wines that date back as far as the winery’s first vintage and will be able to accommodate a small number of guests for private tastings. 

Due to COVID-19 venue restrictions, Knappstein’s cellar door sales and tasting room is limited to 40 guests maximum for seated tastings only. Interested guests are invited to book via email or on: 08 8841 2100. Bookings are essential.

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