Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia

The Blending Bench

Play winemaker and take home a sample

The d’Arenberg Cube is a five-storey multi-function building set among Mourvèdre vines. The building has the optical illusion of floating in a vineyard, each level with spectacular views overlooking the rolling hills of the Southern Mount Lofty Ranges. Inside, you’ll find a cellar door, a casual restaurant, and numerous artworks and features curated by chief winemaker and fourth-generation family member Chester Osborn.

10:30 am:

Your experience begins on level 4, the highest viewpoint in McLaren Vale. The Blending Bench is a hands-on, interactive experience where you play winemaker. A palette of wine parcels, each with distinctive flavours and textures, are melded in search of balance, fullness, and finesse. We did the physical work – picking, crushing, fermenting, foot treading, basket pressing and barrel ageing, and 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.

11:45 am:

At your leisure, continue to further explore the d’Arenberg Cube, making your way back down the various levels back to the Alternate Realties Museum on the ground floor of the d’Arenberg Cube, where a self-guided exploration will take you through a space filled with wall to wall art installations designed to excite and awaken your senses. All tours are assisted by the d’Arenberg smartphone application ‘The Alternate Realities Museum’ - advance downloads are recommended. Entry to the museum is free of charge for all guests with a pre-booked experience; just let the concierge know your reservation number on arrival.


d'Arenberg Cellar Door, Osborn Rd, McLaren Vale, SA


Daily at 10.30am


$110 per person

Includes: entry to the d’Arenberg Cube Alternate Realities Museum, wine blending class, sample bottle of your blend

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