d’Arenberg Blending Bench

Price: $90 per person

The Blending Bench is where the craft of winemaking becomes an art form.

Since 1912 the Osborn family have grown grapes and made wine in the picturesque surrounds of McLaren Vale. Today fourth generation family member Chester Osborn is at the winemaking helm, making distinctive wines using traditional methods in the winery and the vineyard.

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 360degree 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 Bench is a hands-on, interactive experience where you play winemaker. 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. The physical work is done, the picking, fermenting, foot treading and basket pressing; now you have the opportunity to create something truly unique. Once you’ve selected your final blend, you bottle a 750ml sample and take home to show off to your friends.

Available 7 days a week. Bookings essential.

Connoisseur Club Members welcome for 10% off sessions at The Blending Bench.
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  • Address 58 Osborn Road,
    McLaren Vale SA 5171

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    August 3, 2018

    Proprietor: Phillip Jefferies
    Contact Person: Rachael Whitrow
    Mobile: 0414 552 126
    Email: rwhitrow@darenberg.com
    Visit By: Nathanael
    Visit Date: 13/9/12

    Would like us to re-send the link to her and a sticker for the front door, staff notice and newsletter.
    Contacted 6/7/16. Rachael on leave, and not back until 18/7/16.
    Contacted and posed as a customer on 15/8/17, not sure and need to call back.
    Called back on 16/8/17 and was told that they do accept the card.
    Contacted 31/5/18 – Rachael not available.
    3/8/18 t’ferred to new site.

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