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Chapman River Wines

Chapman River Wines Cellar Door, Antechamber Bay

Open 11-4.30 Thursdays to Mondays (Closed Wednesdays-Thursdays: Winter closure July-August)
Off the Cape Willoughby Road at Antechamber Bay. Just follow the signs from Chapman River East.
P: 08 8553 1371 E: chapmanriverwines@activ8.net.au

It’s the time honoured ‘Sea Change’ scenario! In 2002 whilst living and working in Adelaide, Diana and Bruce Keir were lucky enough to get the chance to buy 120 acres of beautiful land and an old homestead close to the Chapman River and just behind the dunes on Antechamber Bay.

They already had 4 acres of vines just up the hill with the vines doing well on the limestone influenced soil with a cool maritime climate, producing too much to drink personally and not enough for a big marketing campaign, so, a Cellar Door it had to be!

An aircraft hanger (a tin shed basically!) built by the Lashmar family and situated behind a stand of trees, next to the airstrip (North/South 800 metres, Flyers welcome) was just right for conversion to the Cellar Door.

Opened in September 2008. The Cellar Door offers the small and interesting range of Chapman River ‘Happiness’ wines, available by the glass, bottle and box. With daily specials of savoury platters, cakes and espresso coffees, the team at the Cellar Door will make you most welcome! Diana, trained as a potter but now paints the immediate and amazingly beautiful landscape with some success has incorporated her studio into this well appointed and stylish tin shed!***

Check the art, have a great mouthful of Kangaroo Island wine, wander in the natural beauty of the Chapman River and on the breathtaking and pristine Antechamber Bay beach!

***Please note: The studio is now a ‘ballroom!’ complete with a mirror ball where live bands play at functions such as the late June ‘Winter Solstice’ party and the occasional acoustically passionate tango afternoons! The art studio has now moved to the old limestone cottage, a workspace and a bit of a gallery, readily accessible from the Cellar Door.

The Wine! Chapman River ‘Happiness’ wines!

2011 Chardonnay: Picked in March, held in stainless steel and bottled in June, the Happiness Chardonnay is light, fresh and fruity with a floral bouquet.
A delicious mouthful of Kangaroo Island white!

2010 Rose: Made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, this is a zesty and fresh Rose with a fine dry aftertaste. Chilled down it’s a delightful mouthful of Kangaroo Island Rosé and fantastic with a late breakfast of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs!

2008 Shiraz: Again barrelled in new American oak for 18 months, Happiness Shiraz is a peppery, fruit driven wine, well rounded with a soft and generous character.
A generously rewarding mouthful of Kangaroo Island red!

2006 Cabernet Sauvignon: With 18 months in new American oak the Happiness Cabernet Sauvignon has an excellent deep colour and shows a good harmony of the fruit and oak.
A great mouthful of Kangaroo Island red!

2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Shiraz: The first vintage of Happiness wine harvested in 2004..made and blended by Jeff and Brodie at Dudley’s and barrelled in American oak for 18 months the wine has a soft texture with a dark almost ‘chocolately’ aftertaste. A rich mouthful of Kangaroo Island red!

The Food! Platters

A gourmet selection of home made dips, freshly made biscuits, just out of the oven Turkish bread with toasted KI Haloumi, hot spicy sausage, selected cuts of cold meats served with seasonal salads and perfect parmesan cheese. Sometimes this satisfying and tasty platter includes freshly baked onion tarts or dukka chicken sate’s.

There’s an ever changing range of cakes and desserts from cheesecakes to apple pies but more often than not there’s a home made mud cake to die for!

Good Food Kangaroo Island is an industry group formed to encourage and support value adding producers and protect the integrity of the Island’s produce. Regional food groups have been established throughout South Australia and are actively working with producers to establish regional branding and long term relationships with major retailers seeking access to high quality, branded products.

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