Some wineries can be intimidating. Alpha Box & Dice isn’t one of them.

The cellar door opened as a rudimentary shed among a plot of decades-old McLaren Vale vines in late 2008. Very little has changed since then. The unpretentious set-up puts the winery’s raison d’être – to experiment with progressive, small-batch varietals – in context.

If your visit falls outside of vintage, you might find head winemaker Sam Berketa stationed at the cellar door. It’s as educational as you want it to be: get the full run-down, or grab a bottle and plant yourself on a comfy armchair in the sun.

Six choices from the “Alphabet of Wines” are pouring at any one time, and they’re constantly on rotation. Expect bubbles, a white, a light red, a skin-contact wine and a few interesting, non-standard reds.

Food platters don’t complicate things: three meats, three cheeses and all the trimmings.

Bookings are required for groups of between six and 15 people. For $10 a head, opt for a conventional guided tasting, or a drinks package to the value of your booking.

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Updated: December 15th, 2022

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