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Seppeltsfield’s re-developed c1900 Cellar Door and new restaurant, FINO at Seppeltsfield, have been officially opened by South Australian Premier, The Hon Jay Weatherill MP, in what has been celebrated as one of the Barossa’s most significant gastronomic tourism endeavours in recent history.

At a launch event on November 21, the $3 million dollar Cellar Door project was unveiled to the wide acclaim and enthusiasm of over 500 guests, which included State MPs, Federal Senators, local councillors, South Australian business leaders and Barossa food and wine identities.

Following a Welcome to Country by representatives of Ngadjuri traditional land owners, an official ribbon cutting by the Premier took place and commenced a night of much verve, ceremony and multi-cultural entertainment.

Amongst the evening’s highlights, emceed by media personality, Merrick Watts, were performances by the Barossa’s Marananga Brass Brand, Scottish Pipers, German dancers and Spanish Flamenco, with the night’s end culminating in an impressive fireworks display to Coldplay’s ‘Paradise’.

Earlier in the proceedings, an auction of a 3m panorama by Dragan Radocaj took place, resulting in an $8,750 donation to the Seppelt Family Trust – its charter to preserve the history of the Seppelt family and Seppeltsfield heritage.

Seppeltsfield director and former principal Cellist of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Nathan Waks, also featured, with a composition played on an 18th century (1723) Cello in a private showing for VIP guests.

The new Seppeltsfield terraced courtyard, a result of a removal of 2,500 tonnes of earth, hosted the opening’s official proceedings.

With the design led by landscape architect, Brenton Hann, seven Canary Island palm tree transplants, bluestone terraces, sandstone promenades and a large water feature have been sympathetically added to the surroundings, making for a dramatic sense of arrival to the estate.

Further elements of detail include Romanesque-inspired walling (matched to established Seppeltsfield architecture), Barossa marble aggregate pavers and eclectic lighting, completing the new courtyard which will also feature as an alfresco dining terrace for FINO restaurant.

In his speech, Seppeltsfield Managing Director, Warren Randall referenced the Seppelt family’s legacy and how Seppeltsfield was “now back to where she belongs, as Australia’s iconic wine estate”.

He went on to credit the many Barossa tradespeople and artisans involved, referencing how a “passionate buy-in” had been achieved, with those involved going beyond the regular call of duty to deliver the project on time.