Handpicked Wines Cellar Door
50 Kensington Street, Chippendale NSW
02 9392 9190
Handpicked Wines delivers delicious drops from all over the world straight to Sydney’s city folk.
The urban cellar door, based in Chippendale, takes a non-traditional approach to the wine experience. It takes the travel out of tasting, instead offering a refreshing new concept from within the Kensington Street precinct.
The bold idea comes from a desire to educate wine drinkers on the different regions and provide a sense of place through an exploration of these. Unrestricted by location, the winemakers, Gary Baldwin and Peter Dillion, grow grapes from Handpicked’s vineyards in Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley, Margaret River and Barossa Valley, and source grapes through established partnerships with vignerons in other regions all over the world. All of Handpicked’s wines are processed and bottled on-site under the one label.
Gary and Peter are supported by the passionate Handpicked Wines’ team, made up of winemakers, viticulturists and wine lovers. The group travels the world searching for the highest quality vineyards from a number of regions – what a job.
Located in the original Carlton & United Brewing warehouse, the cellar door has been refurbished into an impressively striking venue. The design is fresh and modern, with exposed brick and light wood panelling lining the walls. Wine bottles take pride of place amongst modern furniture, while smart lighting maintains a contemporary feel.
In the centre of the room is the sensory bar, where customers can embark on an exploration of wines open for tasting, guided by the in-house sommeliers. The retail shop means you can take a new discovery home, or to the nearby Spice Alley for dinner.
If dinner isn’t a priority, take a seat in the wine lounge. It has a rotating list of wines by the glass, ideal for catching up with friends, relaxing after work or even just a change in scenery – powerpoint stations mean you can keep working while sipping on a left-of-centre drop.
Order a carefully curated cheese and charcuterie board by Formaggi Ocello to complete the culinary experience.
The Experience Room is also on offer for large bookings and group tastings. Surrounded by steel wine tanks, the space provides the perfect spot for business meetings, team building or other intimate events.
Handpicked Wines makes tasting wine easy. Pop in to learn about the nuances of wine – you’ll be treating your tastebuds to a trip overseas.