In 2019, Ryan Hospitality Group, led by Gerry and Andrew Ryan, in collaboration with Treasury Premium Brands, commissioned Cera Stribley to breathe new life into the St Hubert’s wine estate once more – this time, on a much grander scale than ever before. The resultant Hubert Estate now comprises a family-style restaurant (Quarters), Indigenous art gallery (Hubert Gallery of Art), event space (Harriett), revamped St Hubert’s cellar door – all designed by Cera Stribley – as well as a boutique wine store (Notes), designed by Landini Associates.
The existing branded shed has been repurposed into a function centre that has a warm but practical interior with sliding doors that open onto a terrace overlooking the vines.
The existing St Hubert’s winery comprised two rugged, rural sheds and a random assortment of work cottages, surrounded by vines, on a site spanning over 30-hectares of land.
The existing sheds became the foundation for the reimagined Hubert Estate, extrapolating the form into a singular, connected volume.
The centre segment of the volume was then extracted and placed front and centre, to embody the new St Hubert’s cellar door.
The two sheds were reconstructed in the background, to house the restaurant and function centre. The ceiling of the cellar door pitched to maximise the eastern orientation of the site.
The cellar door is embedded within the undulating landscape, with an existing mound on site excavated and then reformed to envelop the new built volume.
Two board-formed concrete walls pierce through the rear of the grassy mound, creating a dramatic entry into the cellar door. Skylights puncture through the landscape, drawing natural light into the semi-subterranean volume.