Since 1912 the Osborn family have tended vineyards in McLaren Vale, South Australia. Today fourth generation family member, Chester, makes distinctive wines using traditional methods both in the vineyard and the winery.
As a member of Australia’s First Families of Wine, the Osborn involvement in the industry goes much further back. In the 1880s Joseph Osborn joined Thomas Hardy Limited and so the family’s wine journey began.
The idea to build the d’Arenberg Cube came to Chester Osborn in 2003. Inspired by the complexities and puzzles of winemaking, Chester created the idea of a Cube shaped building. Each of the five levels have been carefully designed to entice and excite the senses, including features such as a wine sensory room, a virtual fermenter, a 360 degree video room and many other tactile experiences.
Visitors are encouraged to explore the Alternate Realities Museum, located on the ground floor and view the many art installations on display.
The blending of classical and modern is a feature of d’Arenberg. While the winemaking techniques are very traditional in some respects, introducing less common varieties into Australia is at the forefront of winemaking development in Australia. While the annual production from nearly 200 hectares of vineyards is running close to 300,000 dozen, many of the small batch wines are still regarded as ‘artisan’. A significant feat when done at scale with more than 70 wines from 30 different varieties.
d’Arenberg is rightly an Icon in McLaren Vale in every sense of the word. While it is very serious at being a winery, it is also great fun and pleasing to all the senses.
Don’t miss our special d’Arenberg and Vales luxury tour, The Cube in the Vales that features d’Arenberg and includes tow extra Vales wineries of your choice.