McLaren Vale winery Mitolo has unveiled a new $3.5 million cellar door and restaurant complex.
The new facility offers personalised tasting experiences and Italian-accented food.
The Mitolo family has used 10 shipping containers as the basis for its tasting room, restaurant and event space – an ultra-modern, architecturally designed structure that also incorporates glass, concrete and timber.
“Nothing prissy,” said Mitolo brand founder Frank Mitolo. “A masculine structure just like the big red wines of the brand.”
Mitolo is the first McLaren Vale winery to make use of shipping containers.
The structure is the creation of local architect firm Tectvs, its director Francesco Bonato and interior designer Dina Giannone.
It covers around 24,000 square metres and is a reinvention of the classic Italian "sagra", a popular pop-up festival organised to show off local food and drink.
The landscaped exterior features fresh produce for use in the restaurant.
“I wanted this space to represent the brand and its people,” Mitolo said. “It needed to be unique and special - but it’s not about the building, it’s all about the wines.
“Terroir really defines our wines, and enables us to produce wines that are unique and expressive of place. And each wine comes with its own distinct personality and story.”
It’s now 18 years since Mitolo teamed up with winemaker Ben Glaetzer to launch his own brand.
Mitolo Wines is known for classic Australian shiraz, cabernet and grenache but the family’s Italian heritage is proudly displayed in their winemaking techniques and other coveted Mitolo wines like vermentino, sangiovese and sagrantino.
And guests can match the wines with a complimentary tasting plate for one from the new on-site restaurant, Bocca Di Luppo.
Head chef Tom Jack’s menu owes much to Italian tradition but it comes with a modern twist.
Mitolo Wines, 141 McMurtrie Rd, McLaren Vale. www.mitolowines.com.au