Oscar Seppeltsfield’s ‘six-star’ hotel will elevate Barossa luxury
South Australia’s Barossa is internationally recognized for its big, bold Shiraz. Soon, however, it will be recognized for something even bolder: Oscar Seppeltsfield, a “six-star” hotel – and an architectural gem – which will open amid the historic vineyards of Seppeltsfield Winery in 2024.
Designed by Adelaide firm Intro Architecture, the team behind Monarto Zoo’s impressive new visitor centre, the controversial 12-storey hotel has just been given the green light by the local council, with an ambitious development plan later this year.
Although Australia’s official rating does not exceed five stars, the self-rated luxury hotel will feature 71 rooms and suites with balconies, a gourmet restaurant, an infinity pool and spa, and a bar on the roof offering a 360 degree view of the surrounding countryside.
While an official hotel operator has yet to be revealed, you can be sure it will be a brand that knows and understands the service levels required for such a property.
Less than an hour from Adelaide, Seppeltsfield was founded by Joseph and Johanna Seppelt in the 1850s, the estate flourishing through its production of wine, brandy and vermouth, and helping to shape the history of the Australian wine industry.
Current owner Warren Randall purchased the award-winning estate in 2009, reviving the vineyards and the brand, and setting it on the path to becoming a world-class destination.
Named after pioneering wine brand Oscar Benno Seppelt, the building features a curvaceous glass-covered design – compared to a glass slipper or shoe, by some – that was inspired by the vineyard’s history and the wine barrels of its famous century-old cellar.
Owner and executive chairman Randall says he hopes the unique building will eventually become an icon for the Barossa, much like the Sydney Opera House.
It should also be noted that the design of the Opera House was not without controversy, with the masterpiece created by Jorn Utzon not gaining the public favor it has today for some time. .
“The hotel will be positioned gently in the middle of the large terraced vineyard, surrounded by century-old bush vines, an incredibly tranquil location and within easy walking distance of the world-class tourist village of Seppeltsfield,” said Randall.
“In 2019, Seppeltsfield was ranked among the top 50 wineries in the world. The addition of this luxury hotel will elevate Seppeltsfield to one of the top five wineries in the world, enhancing the international reputation of Australian wines.
When completed, Oscar Seppeltsfield will join an elite group of wine hotels that includes the extraordinary Marques de Riscal hotel run by Frank Gehry in Spain, where design boundaries are just as important as premium bottled wines. on the spot.
Although it is still a long way off, the hotel will be worth the patient wait, much like a high-end wine for laying down. Chances are it will end up making it onto the list of Australia’s best resorts and lodges.
The Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s most famous wine regions, home to 150 wineries and 80 wineries, including Yalumba, Peter Lehmann Wines and Jacob’s Creek.