The Cube with the View… + Wine + Art

The D’Arenberg Cube sits in the heart of wine country – McLaren Vale – 45 minutes from Adelaide. It’s on many a wine and/or art lover’s bucket list and once visited, never forgotten.

The concept emerged from the very active, brilliant mind of fourth generation winemaker, Chester Osborn, whilst pondering the complexities and puzzles of the winemaking art. Clearly influenced by the Rubik’s cube, the design answered his other puzzle –how to expand the D’Arenberg winery and visitor experience … go up.

Despite some trepidation from the third generation, Chester had the building completed in 2017. The Cube went on to win numerous national and international architectural and wine tourism awards and is now a landmark wine and art experience unlike any other in South Australia.

If you like WINE

Established in 1912 by Joseph Osborn, D’Arenberg is home to some of the oldest vines in Australia and a founding member of Australia’s First Families of Wine.

There’s a wide range of wines, all of which come from vineyards NASAA certified for organic and biodynamic processes, and all basket pressed, an unusual process for whites but one that obviously bears the best results.

The bottles too are each clothed in artwork and stories with wine’s name and label, with its distinctive red stripe, taking you on a journey, often quirky and sometimes irreverent but always with a story to tell.

The perfect place to taste D’Arenberg wine is, naturally, in the tasting room on the top level of the Cube with breathtaking views across rolling hills of vines to the Gulf St Vincent.

If you like ART

The Salvador Dali Exhibition is the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere with 25 of sculptures and graphics on display from one of the most famous of all Surrealists Artists.

The Modern Masters Marquee currently displays certified limited edition graphics by Picasso, certified illustrations by Marc Chagall, original oil paintings by Vahram, Voskanyan, Wiley, Loviz, Cranston and Davtian, all of which are heavily collected internationally and shown in major exhibitions worldwide.

The Alternate Realities Museum includes a virtual fermenter, wine aroma room and many other tactile experiences.

Insiders tip: you’ll need a little more time than usual to ‘spend a penny’ in the rather quirky bathrooms!

D’Arenberg wine

Dali at D’Arenberg

The ArtEvolution Australia Gallery

The Alternate Realities Museum

Modern Masters Marquees

Australia’s First Families of Wine

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