South Australia is home to many a cellar door; from picturesque wineries in the Adelaide Hills, sweeping McLaren Vale boozy locations, Barossa Valley vineyards, and beyond. And in what is believed to be an Australian first, a floating cellar door will be joining the ranks.
About halfway down the Yorke Peninsula, just a two-hour drive from Adelaide’s city centre, you’ll find yourself at Port Vincent, which is set to become a tourism hotspot with their brand spanking new floating cellar door on the horizon.
The 75-seat floating cellar door and al fresco pontoon will be home to Flinders Gin, an award-winning South Australian distillery hailing from the northern town of Quorn.
Aboard the swanky, barge-like structure, the full range of Flinders Gin’s tipple will be up for sipping, with their uniquely South Australian products inspired by the Flinders Ranges’ native foods; such as their quandong gin, and outback lemon lime gin. Fare with the likes of local oysters and grazing platters will accompany the spirits.
The venture comes as part of the Dockside Port Vincent development, a $40 million project by Lillis Group which sees a number of floating homes, apartments, a five-storey complex with retail, cafes, and co-working space. As well as eight townhouses, six of which will be waterfront properties with access to a shared pontoon.
Dockside Port Vincent project director, Peter Villis states that the partnership with Flinders Gin is an exciting step forward and important milestone, with Dockside set to become a catalyst for regional tourism.
While Alby Trotta of Flinders Gin comments that the distillery is pleased to be bringing its exclusive artisan gins to a new crowd on Yorke Peninsula as well as partnering with Dockside Port Vincent in an inspiring tourism expansion.
Construction of the Dockside Port Vincent floating cellar door and the development’s adjacent floating homes is expected to commence in late-2023, subject to approval, with an anticipated opening date in early-2024. In the meantime, check out our list of the 10 best road trip hotspots in South Australia.