From what was once a worn and weary estate to one of the premier winery destinations in Australia – we take you inside the sophisticated restoration of this stunning winery in regional Victoria.
Mitchelton Winery, an easy 90-minute drive north of Melbourne, is an Architectural icon. With its striking 55-metre tower, the architecture of the building was originally conceived by Robin Boyd CBE, and completed in 1974 by renowned Australian architect Ted Ashton.
Purchased by the Ryan family in 2011, the winery was tired and unloved, so the family engaged interior design powerhouse Hecker Guthrie to restore the building’s interiors. The resulting renovation is simply breathtaking, and has re-established the venue as one of the premier winery destinations in Australia.
The design brief for Hecker Guthrie was essentially to make Mitchelton Winery the destination that it was originally designed to be. The Ryan family wanted to take a custodian approach to the site, restoring the key original architectural elements of Robin Boyd but adding beautiful joinery pieces within the various spaces. The design elements needed to be contemporary in their approach, but rustic enough to sit well in the winery’s stunning rural surroundings.
Sophisticated and warm, the renovation personifies the Nordic concept of Hygge living – with rich timbers and a limited palette of natural materials creating a beautiful and inviting space.
As the winery is a draw card not only for wine and food lovers, but increasingly for corporate functions and weddings as well, the floor plan was changed to include a cellar door, function space and private dining room.
Materials & Finishes
The main finishes are American Oak and blackened steel. Copper is also used extensively, and its warm, honey tones complement the refined use of robust materials.
“It was important to be respectful to the architecture, while bringing the textural elements to life through new robust, timeless joinery pieces, and refined country styling.” - Andrew Ryan, Owner | Mitchelton Winery
The sophisticated floating cabinetry – which looks weightless, but can in fact hold two-and-a-half-dozen bottles – sits on a stunning copper backdrop. The over sized copper bulbs suspended above the displays work to accentuate the warm tones of the timber and copper. The strong design of the joinery units is both elegant and timeless.
The scale of the space is quite striking. The generous volumes of space allow for the use of big sculptural elements, like the spectacular five-metre long leather sofas that define the entry area.
Sitting alongside the sofas are simple yet refined occasional tables made from locally sourced tree sections, as well as striking black domed lamps. The tan leather butterfly armchairs in the function rooms blend well with the surrounding timber and copper tones, and are grounded by beautiful, large grey wool rugs. Owner Andrew says that “the joinery units in the Print Room and Montage Room are probably my favourite elements”.
All together – from the Ryan family’s initial brief to Hecker Guthrie to the opening of the new Cellar Door and Event spaces – the renovation took eight months. The partnership was so successful that the design firm have been engaged to work on the next piece of the puzzle for the estate – a 58 room hotel, complete with day spa and 20-metre swimming pool.
With the winery already offering a Cellar Door, Restaurant, Chocolate Factory and Café, 55-metre high observation deck (not to mention beautiful natural outdoor spaces), the inclusion of the hotel will set a new level of accommodation for the area. One side of the hotel will overlook the Goulburn River, and the other the estate’s amphitheater and vines.
The hotel is due to open in September 2017, so stay tuned for another Step Inside of what will undoubtedly be a stunning addition to the region.
When you're next visiting wineries in regional Victoria, be sure to pop into Mitchelton Winery and enjoy the stunning venue and views. Don't miss their annual Chocolate Festival held in conjunction with the Ministry of Chocolate in August.
Mitchelton Winery | 470 Mitchellstown Rd | Nagambie | Victoria
House of Home would like to thank the Ryan family and Hecker Guthrie for allowing us to step inside their beautiful renovation of Mitchelton Winery.
We would also like to thank our guest writer Annabel Foster for profiling this amazing wine estate for us.
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