A NEW cellar door opens its doors today at Bendooley Estate in Berrima, adding to the venue's iconic Book Barn and function centre.
Owner Paul Berkelouw said that a comprehensive planning process ensured that the new cellar door complemented the quality and atmosphere of the existing Berkelouw Book Barn with architecturally engineered construction and was an extension of the vineyard.
"Since the expansion of Bendooley Estate first commenced we envisaged a stand-alone cellar door; a place for visitors to taste the extensive variety of wines on offer here, or perhaps stay a while and enjoy a light meal in a beautiful setting," Mr Berkelouw said.
A bespoke cellar door menu will include a wine selection for each dish on offer.
Constructed from locally-sourced stone, large beams, timber lined ceiling and extensive use of glass, the cellar door also features a timber bar hewn from a 170 year old, naturally fallen, radiata pine from the estate.
A comfortable and relaxed seating area surrounds a locally-designed, circular fireplace that draws on medieval craftsmanship and will provide a setting for a dining experiences.
Renowned local artist John Olsen was commissioned to create an extensive work to enhance the cellar door. Visitors will also be able to view a rare collection of antiquarian books in a cabinet in the new venue.
"Our entire philosophy of culture, art, food and of course the books for which the Berkelouw family are known, are all represented here in the buildings on the estate. We have a long-term vision for Bendooley Estate and the new cellar door allows us to create a place that reflects that vision."
For more information visit their website bendooleyestate.com.au.