Even among Australia’s many architecturally striking wineries, Mitchelton, just 90 minutes’ drive from Melbourne on the banks of the Goulburn River, is something special.
Its peaked, 55-metre-high tower was built in the ’70s and pops above the horizon as you drive through estate's plots of riesling, chardonnay, shiraz and cab sav. The tower and adjoining wine cellar were designed by renowned architect Robin Boyd and completed by fellow architect Ted Ashton following Boyd’s death.
On June 7, the cellar, which is the largest operating in the country, will host an afternoon of sparkling wine and symphony. Four members of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will perform as four-piece string ensemble Penny Quartet, a rising musical force with a wide-ranging repertoire (they’ve collaborated with electronic duo Flight Facilities, among others).
Guests will be offered Mitchelton NV Cuvée Sparkling on arrival, and there’ll be a grazing table of cheese and charcuterie. The 50-minute chamber performance begins at 6.45pm, and Mitchelton’s Muse restaurant will be offering a two-course sharing menu for those keen to stick around.
Tickets are $60 and include welcome drinks and snacks. Dinner is an additional $60 per person. From 6.30pm to 8.30pm.