After the cold over the past weeks, it was a pleasure for the Auto Collectors Club of Murray Bridge to assemble at the club rooms in warmish weather and be welcomed by tour organiser Mike Chapman.
A group of 22 members left in 11 vehicles on August 23 for a day trip, travelling along the Old Princes Highway to Mt Barker and then onto Meadows for morning tea.
Then it was off to McLaren Vale via McLaren Flat, arriving at the d’Arenberg Winery Cube at 11am.
Tour leaders Mike and Arlene Chapman escorted ACCMB members into the “cube”, which amazed them with its quirky design, construction and size.
d’Arenberg was founded in 1912 by the Osborn family, and is currently managed by fourth generation family member Chester Osborn, manufacturing distinctive wines using traditional methods in the vineyard and the winery.
“The Cube” was a idea of Chester Osborn in 2003, and was realised in 2016 when construction commenced on the five-storey multi-function building set among mourvedre vines with views overlooking the rolling hills of Willunga and the 19th century Osborn homestead.
In December 2017, the d’Arenberg winery “cube” was opened to the public.
In 2018 it received a prestigious Good Design Award, the highest honour for design innovation in Australia.
During a tour through the complex, members enjoyed wine tasting, viewed the abstract objects, artwork, museum decore, colour and especially the views from the fifth-storey cellar room.
At around 12.15pm, it was off to the McLaren Vale Hotel for lunch, followed by the usual thank yous to organisers, Mike and Arlene before members departed after another great day out.