In 2003, we designed and built an extraordinary cellar that has become a striking feature of the farm. A century-old dry riverbed provided the inspiration for an ultra-modern cellar that would be built two-storeys below ground. This enables us to make the most of the cool, ambient temperatures offered by Nature underground and so reduce the carbon footprint of our wine-making facilities. It also presented us with the advantage of having a gravity-flow cellar that enables us to protect our high-quality grapes due to minimal mechanical interference.
The winery comprises of a wine storage and tank fermentation cellar, a vat maturation cellar, a wine storage and packaging area; as well as our administrative facilities. It is a full-service cellar that enables us to produce all our wines on site, optimising quality control.
It also includes a gracious wine tasting and art gallery where we welcome visitors to the farm. Visits to the cellar are included in our Eco-tours.
Armilla bears Avondale’s logo, a rendition of the Armillary sphere, an ancient astronomical instrument used to show the position of stars around the earth. It represents Avondale’s holistic approach to life on our farm where, from the minerals in the soil to the stars in the skies, all is combined in an energised, living system.