Barossa Valley Estate

Barossa Valley Estate

The Barossa Valley is a renowned wine-producing region northeast of Adelaide in South Australia.

This picturesque regional area encompasses the Barossa Valley floor, which is covered in large expanses of vineyards, farmland, and historic villages and towns and is flanked by rolling hills.

The valley is justifiably famous for its wineries with Shiraz grapes the local specialty.

Designlnc Director, Richard Stafford, designed Barossa Valley Estate’s original facility in 1999.

Over twenty years on, the bones of the pavilion-style building were still strong, with its stone spine wall, framed views of the Barossa ranges to the south-east, and Marananga village to the north.

But the interiors needed refreshing and spaces lacked connection with their surrounds.

So DesignInc worked with landscape designer Paul Bangay to create a setting for the building where architecture and landscape are interwoven.

The visitor experience begins with a curving driveway that meanders through the landscape revealing and framing different views to create a sense of journey and arrival.

An imposing stone wall at the end of the carpark mimics the spine wall.

On passing through a small opening in this wall, the pavilion and expansive landscape views are revealed, punctuated by a bright red door inviting the visitor to step inside.

The refreshed interior is light and airy with a simplified layout creating an open-plan area with spectacular views from every position.

A limestone tasting counter in front of the stone wall welcomes visitors to begin their wine experience.

Furniture and furnishings define the spaces, with low and high tables for sitting and relaxing or stand-up tastings.

External areas offer informal settings for groups to gather, taste the wines and enjoy the views.

A suite of decks, terraces and arbours connect and integrate the building into its environs.

Collaboration with Paul Bangay on the hard landscaping, finishes and detailing ensured alignment and consistency between architecture and landscape.

Traditional Barossa materials of American oak, limestone, and concrete are used in a contemporary way to complement the original palette.

The connection between architecture and landscape, wine and landscape, wine and the Barossa captures the Barossa Valley Estate experience and establishes a genuine sense of place.

Richard Stafford, Director of DesignInc in Adelaide said, “It is very rare as an architect to have the opportunity to renovate a building that was a pivotal early project in your career. Re-imagining a unique cellar door in a beautiful corner of the Barossa Valley and working with a client who values quality and detail was an absolute privilege.”

Project Details

Site area – 310 m2
Completion date – 2018
Building levels – 1

Project Team



DesignInc is an award-winning architectural and design practice with offices in Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney in Australia.

The DesignInc team for the Barossa Valley Estate Cellar Door project included Jennifer Drake and Shalini Shah.

DesignInc’s multidisciplinary teams are united with a common vision to make a difference to the health and happiness of people’s lives through the quality of the environments they help create.

Landscape Design

Paul Bangay Garden Design

For 30 years Paul Bangay has fulfilled his clients’ aspirations for gardens that are expressive of the timeless elegance and classic simplicity for which he is internationally renowned.

Widely regarded as the foremost garden designer in Australia today, Bangay’s clients include a roster of the most prominent figures in business and culture.

His extensive list of projects span private and public commissions in Australia and New Zealand, as well as further afield in Europe, North America, and the West Indies.


David Sievers

David Sievers has lived photography since 1995. Known for his simple yet striking compositions and attention to detail, he is one of South Australia’s most awarded photographers, and has received the designation of Master of Photography twice (M.Photog) from the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP).

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