Winery recycles to build green cellar door

An ACT winery has used repurposed materials as the basis for a new sustainably-built cellar door.

The new facility at Four Winds Vineyard just north of Canberra, which will be officially opened this week, was part funded by a T-QUAL grant presented to the vineyard by the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism.

The T-QUAL Grants program encourages the sustainable growth of Australia’s tourism industry, and two funding options are available.

Strategic Tourism Investment Grants cater to large scale sustainable tourism projects of up to $1 million, meanwhile T-QUAL Grants – Tourism Quality Projects are aimed at smaller projects, and them vary from $15,000 upto $100,000.  

 The new cellar door encompasses a range of repurposed materials including:

  • Wooden picking bins for cladding
  • Furniture made out of wine barrels
  • A Canberra red-brick wall
  • Windows made out of old wine bottle windows
  • A second-hand shipping container.  

Sarah Collingwood, business manager, Four Winds Vineyard said that it was satisfying to see these old materials find a new purpose in the cellar door.  

“Wooden vineyard posts that have failed in the wind are now wheel-stops in the car park [meanwhile] wooden picking bins, no longer used during harvest, clad the building.

“We are excited to have the Senator officially open the building on Friday 31 May. The following day we will celebrate with a party – wine, wood-fired pizza and reggae,” she added.

The cellar door opening celebration will take place at the vineyard from 10am – 5pm, and members of the general public are invited to attend.

The vineyard was established in 1998, and it produces six varieties of wine:

  • Shiraz
  • Riesling
  • Cabernet
  • Merlot
  • Chardonnay
  • Sangiovese


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