Step into suburban cellar door Signature Wines, and you’ll immediately see what looks like a tiny house adorned with white shutters, pastel-pink tiles and pot plants. “We didn’t want it to be a coffee cart. We wanted it to be a bit more than that,” co-owner Daniel Khouzam says of the cellar door’s cute new addition, which opened last week.
“It ties into everything, ‘cause it’s still rustic – we didn’t want to distract from the space,” adds co-owner Rebecca Khouzam. “And it’s portable as well, so we can take it anywhere,” says Daniel. During warmer months, the cellar door car park is occasionally closed off to create more space. “We can turn [the coffee house] into an Espresso Martini van for [on-site] functions,” says Rebecca.
Swing by from 7am for coffee and Abbots and Kinney pastries, and on Tuesdays there’ll be bagels from Holy Mother of Bagels (by Sibling chef Aaron Caporn). The beans are from New Zealand roaster Allpress Espresso – this is the company’s first foray into SA.
Visitors can enjoy their coffee in the cellar door’s open warehouse, which also houses a bar. “We generally switch from coffee in the morning to wine in the PM – but it depends on how you’re feeling,” says Rebecca. “If you come here and want a glass of wine in the morning, we won’t judge,” Daniel says with a laugh.
It’s a particularly appealing prospect as the weather warms – Signature Wines was the first South Australian winery to create a tempinot blend (tempranillo and pinot noir), which Daniel describes as the “ultimate summer red”.
The cellar door opened in Norwood six years ago, first with the bottle shop, then the bar. The Khouzams are intent on pushing beyond the regular cellar-door formula – they want to build a community. Wednesday nights are dedicated to woodfired pizza; on Thursdays visitors can make their own cheese platters (with cheese from Udder Delights and meat from The Urban Smallgoods Co); and on Fridays and Saturdays the space hosts takeovers from restaurants such as NNQ and Parwana.