The Exclusive Winter Only Cellar Door You’ll LOVE!
Only 10 weekends of the year, this winter only cellar door opens to the public and it’s a stunner of a spot to experience a quintessential Granite Belt winter wine escape.
Sink into leather lounges, sip stunning wines by the fire and look out over the crisp wintery vineyards at the ‘oh so suave’ Savina Lane Wines near Stanthorpe.
Everything about this cellar door is beautifully crafted, from the building’s presentation, to of course the fine wines. Savina Lane offers a taste of what the Granite Belt does best, producing exciting alternative variety wines: Fiano, Viognier, Tempranillo and Graciano to name a few.
If a superb cool climate Shiraz is your idea of the perfect winter wine, there is a 2012 vintage available from the estate’s 60 year old vines. Meet the passionate vignerons, Brad and Cheryl Hutchings, who tell the story of these old vines and why production from them has produced tiny quantities in the last few vintages during their ongoing rehabilitation. Never fear, there’s plenty of Shiraz flowing, with a 2016 vintage from the 2000, Millennium planted vines now available, which Cheryl reports is drinking beautifully.
At other times of the year, Savina Lane Wines cellar door is exclusively reserved for ‘Inner Circle’ members, for whom the cellar door will open on demand year round.
Vigneron Cheryl Hutchings explains, “even though we are closed to the public, we have visits from our Inner Circle members almost every weekend. Our Inner Circle members only have to phone us to say they wish to visit and we open up for them, whether we are open to the public or not.
As long as we are here, we’ll open up the cellar door so they can experience a private visit, bring a picnic or enjoy a sunset aperitif under the Italian Stone Pines or on the terrace overlooking the vineyard.”
“We are passionate about this lovely little slice of the Granite Belt and strive to achieve good eco-credentials, designing our facilities to avoid the need for air conditioning, spraying only natural compounds wherever possible and using only organic fertilisers” says Brad.
Before coming to Savina Lane, Brad, a qualified Agronomist, spent a long working life as a consultant in horticulture, agri-business, marketing and project development and Cheryl was a writer and Creative Director in the advertising industry – but the couple’s passion has always been good wine and Brad’s lifetime goal has been to get his hands back into the earth, having started out working on a New Zealand farm when still in his teens.
It can snow on occasions at Stanthorpe on Queensland’s Granite Belt and just look how stunning Savina Lane Wines looks dusted in snow! Already there has been a very light fall of snowflakes early in winter 2019 and let’s hope a major snow event will come during winter to blanket the vineyards white.
Whether the snow falls or not, the frosty weather will undoubtedly deliver beautiful silvery frosts and send you to the cosy indoors for another glass by the fire!
2019 Opening Days
Visit Savina Lane Wines in 2019 from Saturday, June 22 and Sunday June 23, and any of the following 10 weekends until the last weekend in August. Open Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm.
Groups of six or more are kindly asked to make an appointment so Savina Lane Wines can ensure a memorable visit. Call 0419 723 755.
Find Savina Lane Wines
62 Savina Road, Severnlea, Queensland
10 Minutes drive south of Stanthorpe.
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