470 Mitchellstown Road, Nagambie VIC
(03) 5736 2222 or www.mitchelton.com.au
It’s no mere observational eyrie. The Mitchelton Winery ‘Ashton’ tower is monumental. In fact, it can handle 100 people as a standalone function space.
I only mention this because it gives you sense of how ambitious the Mitchelton Winery was when first conceived back in 1969. It was a classic ‘build it and they will come’ Hail Mary of a development.
The architecture has held up amazingly well. A restaurant, chocolatier, and cellar door sales all reside in architect Robin Boyd’s wonderfully preserved ’70s modernism campus.
Mitchelton Wines was sold to Petaluma in 1994 and was then successively swallowed by increasingly larger liquor fish — Lion, then Kirin. In 2011, Gerry Harvey — he of Jayco Caravans fame — purchased the Winery from Kirin.
The moment he and his son Andrew set foot on the property, they both could foresee the need for luxury accommodation.
TAKE ME TO THE RIVER
Some six years and $16m later, the Mitchelton Hotel & Spa has been launched.
Located within the relaxed surrounds of Mitchelton Winery Estate, the 58-room hotel boasts a four-treatment room day spa and a 20m lap pool, and complements the existing restaurant, and extensive banquet and meeting facilities.
Designed by Hecker Guthrie architects, the hotel’s interiors complement the property’s existing structures and feature earthy tones and a minimalist aesthetic, with all guest rooms boasting floor-to-ceiling windows with views of either the Goulburn River or the vineyards.
Proving that Gerry and Managing Director, Andrew Ryan, know where their strength lie, they’ve engaged Accor to manage the property. Accor has accorded it ‘MGallery’ status..
Andrew Ryan: “The Hotel and Day Spa is something we wanted to develop early on with our acquisition of the estate.
“It has always been the missing piece in the puzzle for Mitchelton. Goulburn Valley and Nagambie have so much to offer, we have high hopes that the addition of the accommodation facility will help attract more visitors to the region and boost local tourism.”
GLASS HALF FULL
Wine lovers will need little encouragement to book a weekend at the Michelton Hotel. A lazy night in, with dinner at the superb Muse restaurant is as relaxed as it is indulgent. The response to the property in its first months of operation certainly appears to
positively reflect the market’s appetite for a weekend getaway, with high occupancies. Where the real growth will come from is in the property’s special ability to cater to business retreats and functions. There are a variety of function spaces, each with quality audiovisual provisions, and the accommodation makes Michelton a genuine conferencing destination that is only around an hour’s drive from Melbourne.
Hecker Guthrie: www.heckerguthrie.com