Seppeltsfield's 1888 Gravity Cellar is again being used »

A heritage-listed landmark of the Barossa Valley reopens

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Seppeltsfield's old bottling hall - circa 1900

Seppeltsfield's old bottling hall - circa 1900

The Seppeltsfield Winery Courtyard
Seppeltsfield 100 year old barrel storage cellar


The 1888 Gravity Cellar is a heritage-listed landmark within the Seppeltsfield estate of the Barossa Valley. Completed in 1888, the cellar was the visionary design of Oscar Benno Seppelt, son of Seppeltsfield founders Joseph and Johanna.

Built into the hillside on a series of terraces, Benno’s design of the cellar was centred on allowing the natural course of gravity to assist the flow of fruit down through the winery.

Whilst originally borne from engineering logic, the gravity-fed minimal handling approach is now a coveted modern-day winemaking principle. In complement to open fermentation, the resultant wines show heightened aromatics and purity of fruit, aided by the gentle extraction of colour, flavour and tannin.

For nearly a century, the 1888 Gravity Cellar played an important role in Australia’s fine wine landscape, until it was eventually decommissioned in the 1980s due to the need for significant restoration.

The cellar lay dormant for nearly 30 years until it was proudly revived for the 2010 vintage, now celebrated once again by the winemakers of Seppeltsfield..


  • Barossa Valley (SA)

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