Amongst the two beautiful terroirs of DOWIE DOOLE is a unique new cellar door experience, where visitors from far and wide are welcome to enjoy a glass right amongst the vineyards.
Aptly named the Tasting Pod, this sustainable cellar door is the amalgamation of four shipping containers, solar panels and rainwater tanks all cleverly supported on stilts to preserve the precious soil below. Architect Oli Scholz of Scholz Vinall Design worked with DOWIE DOOLE to bring this masterpiece to life back in 2019 and it has been a hit amongst wine enthusiasts ever since.
Within the refined interior you can truly immerse yourself in the world of winemaking, with the chance to taste the exquisite wines from the Dowie and Doole terroirs, and learn the process behind the creation of these wines, all while enjoying 360-degree views of the very vines that produce the wines you’re sipping on. Knowledgeable members of the Tasting Pod staff guide visitors through the tastings, which are occasionally hosted by the chief winemaker Chris Thomas himself. Wine flights can even be tailored to suit your wine preferences, allowing you to both indulge in your favourites and discover new ones.
Reflecting its evolved and modern form, the Tasting Pod offers other wine experiences that change throughout the year; right now, visitors can spoil themselves with a wine and chocolate tasting.
It’s no surprise that DOWIE DOOLE’s Tasting Pod has made a significant mark on the architectural and winery landscapes across South Australia, earning two commendations at the 2020 Australian Institute of Architects South Australia Architecture awards, in the Small Project Architecture and Sustainable Architecture categories. Plan your visit to the Tasting Pod today and discover one of McLaren Vale’s trendiest and most sustainable cellar doors for yourself.