One the best known wineries in Australia for its outstanding wines, and The Cube

d’Arenberg

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.

Winemaker

Chester Osborn is full of character and flamboyant in style. When you look at The Cube and the artwork it screams modern, but Chester has led d’Arenberg back to the very roots of the winemaking process… All wines are basket pressed and foot trod during fermentation. The range is as extensive as his passion for making great wine.

Interesting Facts

There are many interesting aspects to d’Arenberg, starting with the name. While it sounds like a fine European surname, its history in over the last 5 or 6 generations of the Osborn family has been as a middle or first name, often abbreviated to “d’Arry”. 

The d’Arenberg Cube was the vision of Chester Osborn. It was a 13 year project that cost approximately 15 million dollars. Since opening it was won numerous awards including International Best Cellar Door and the prestigious Australian Design Award. It is now a tourism landmark in McLaren Vale.

Cenosilicaphobia is fear of an empty wine glass. In order to avoid this condition, d’Arenberg have created their Cenosillicaphobic Cat blend of Sagrantino and Cinsault. Avoid the fear and buy some while you’re there. 

World’s Best Vineyard Awards 2019 has just announced the best 50 wineries in the world. Three Australian wineries made the top 50, and d’Arenberg is ranked as number 29.

 

Onsite attractions:

The Cube not only houses the Cellar Door on the top floor where it provides magnificent views over McLaren Vale that stretch right to the Gulf St Vincent coast, but it also hosts its own Alternative Realities Museum, curated by Chester Osborn, an art gallery, and The Cube Restaurant. The art gallery is currently hosting a Salvador Dali exhibition that also features Dali inspired Billich artworks. The restaurant provides world class degustation dining with matched wines.

Your Tasting Options

Luxury Winery Tours is able to access a range of premium tastings as part of our tours. We also have some special options either unique to our customers, or provided by the wineries. See the details below for wineries on this tour with special options.

d'Arenberg Tasting Options

Private Tasting Experience

The Cellar Door offers a selection of premium tasting flights hosted in a private tasting area. These wine flights explore regional terroir, winemaking techniques, and how these factors influence the different wines and grape varieties. This is a great opportunity to learn about the extensive range of varietals used by d’Arenberg and understand how each wine fulfils the winemaker’s passion and goals. This shorter tasting experience (approx. 30 mins) provides more time for the galleries.

The Blending Bench

The Blending Bench is a hands on experience where you play winemaker, then take home a bottle of your favourite blend. Working with three barrel samples of single vineyard wine, each with distinctive flavours, you are guided through the blending process to create your own personalised Shiraz. We do all the physical work, now you get to create a wine that is truly unique. You then bottle, name and label a 750ml sample to take home and show off to your friends. An additional, discounted charge of $25 per person applies. (allow 2 hrs)

Varietal Tasting

Learn how to smell, taste, and identify classic grape varieties, while enjoying a selection of cheese. Discover the difference between aromatic and textural white wine, learn how to describe reds using words like mouthfeel, body and tannin. Educational and fun, you are expertly guided through six wines from our award winning portfolio while you graze on a cheese plate and build your wine vocabulary. (Afternoons only. We will re-arrange your itinerary if you would like this 2 hour option.)

The Dead Arm Vertical Tasting

Explore the history of our flagship wine, The Dead Arm Shiraz that has received hundreds of accolades from critics and judges around the world since its release in 1993. This vertical masterclass offers exclusive access to six museum vintages guided by your personal d’Arenberg ambassador, while enjoying perfectly matched cheeses.

At the conclusion of the masterclass you receive a current vintage bottle of The Dead Arm Shiraz, presented in a gift box and signed by the winemaker, fourth generation family member Chester Osborn. (Afternoons only. We will re-arrange your itinerary if you would like this 2 hour option. An additional, discounted charge of $150 per person applies.)

* d’Arenberg tasting images courtesy of d’Arenberg

For a special, luxury experience, these tastings and more are available in our d’Arenberg feature tour, The Cube in the Vales. Visit The Cube, enjoy lunch on d’Arry’s Verandah, and visit two additional wineries of your choice. Book now!

d'Arenberg Featured Wines

The d’Arenberg range of wines is, shall we say… extensive! Think of the wines listed below as a few to note. The wines will vary with your selected tasting experience.

Premium Tasting (Examples)

Outside the Box

  • The Swinging Malaysian Shiraz
  • The Vociferate Dipsomaniac Shiraz
  • The Piceous Lodestar Shiraz
  • The Eight Iron Shiraz

The Millenials

  • The Fruit Bat Shiraz – planted 1998
  • The Sisypheanic Euphoria Shiraz – planted 1999
  • The Sardanapalian Shiraz – planted 1998
  • Tyche’s Mustard Shiraz – planted 1995

Premium Tasting (Examples)

The Super Rhones

  • The Money Spider Roussanne 
  • The Wild Pixie Shiraz 
  • The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 
  • The Old Bloke & The Three Young Blondes Shiraz Roussanne Viognier Marsanne 

Savour the Earth

  • The Anthropocene Epoch Mencia 
  • The Twenty Eight Road Mourvèdre 
  • The Cenosilicaphobic Cat Sagrantino Cinsault 
  • The Athazagoraphobic Cat Sagrantino Cinsault 

The Icons

  • The Dead Arm Shiraz 2016
  • The Ironstone Pressings GSM 2016
  • The Coppermine Road Cab Sauv 2016