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The Poplars Winery Cellar Door Precinct to be officially opened
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Located in the heart of Coonawarra, The Poplars Winery will be officially opened by the new chief executive officer of the South Australian Tourism Commission, Andrew McEvoy, on the 23 September.
The cellar door precinct is a first for Coonawarra in that it offers more than just a wine tasting experience. It incorporates a café, wine tasting and sales, cheese tasting and sales and a regional produce store under one roof. Café — A converted cellar houses the new café, Kitchen, which features an open plan kitchen with indoor and outdoor dining. The menu serves up daily specials, brunch, lunch, all day breakfast, coffee, specialty teas by T-Bar, housemade cakes and biscuits. Regional produce from South Australia and nearby Victoria are a feature and if a diner takes a fancy to a particular ingredient they can buy it off the shelf to use at home.
Wine tasting and sales — The cellar door has the just release range of wine under The Poplars label. All Coonawarra wines it includes a 2007 Unoaked chardonnay, 2005 Cabernet Merlot, 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and 2007 Delicioso which is a sweet white blend.
Cheese tasting and sales — Featuring only the best cheeses from South Australia and Western Victoria including Limestone Coast Cheese Co., Meredith Dairy, Shaw River Buffalo Cheese Co., Alexandrina Cheese Co., Apostle Whey and Pure Grampian Sheep. It’s the only cheese bar in the Limestone Coast where you can try and buy cheese made from cow, goat, sheep and buffalo milks.
Regional Produce Store — For a product to make it on the shelf in this part of the precinct there are two criteria that it must meet; number one be of the best quality and number two be made in Australia. That said you will find the best produce from the Limestone Coast, Western Victoria, Fleurieu Peninsula, Adelaide Hills and the Riverland.
Managing director, James Yates, said of the opening “It is a first for the region in terms of the range of services offered to the wine tourism sector. We have transformed the existing cellar door building into a space that more than meets the expectations of today’s visitors.”
“It has been a satisfying project on another level in that a number of the company’s staff has had a hand in the design and building of the development,” Yates said.
The cellar door precinct is open seven days a week, 9am – 6pm.
The company’s other main business interest, Chardonnay Lodge Resort, is located directly across the road from the winery and will continue to serve dinner seven nights a week, provide four star accommodation and cater for conferences and special functions.