Popular Red Hill Wine Cellar Clovely Estate Closes After 13 Years

After 13 years of operation in Red Hill, beloved wine cellar Clovely Estate has closed due to a dispute with their landlord. Brett Heading and Susan Mercer will be reopening at a new venue in Goomeri, South Burnett.

Though Red Hill will have to say goodbye to one of its viticultural landmarks, Mr Heading remarked that this was a new opportunity for the business. Tourism has been booming in South Burnett as of late. The fact that the cellar receives its award-winning wine from around that region as well means that it will be easier for them to centralise their business.

Photo credit: Facebook/Clovely Estate

Plans have been drafted by the duo to transform their new venue, a 110-year-old building in Moore St, Goomeri, into a hotspot that contains a restaurant, a cafe, a cellar door, and possibly even a gin distillery. This time around, Clovely Estate intends to focus on providing food and hospitality to accompany the wine that they serve.

The building will be redesigned and renovated by the acclaimed Conrad Gargett architect David Gole, whose new design will focus on creating an atmosphere and aesthetic that will cater to and hook locals, tourists, and those interested in hosting events.

Heading and Mercer have expressed their hopes that the new Clovely Estate in South Burnett will be open to the public by October 2021.

Clovely Estate’s Degustation Dinner in Red Hill Celebrates the Art & Craft of Regional Producers

On 22 July at Clovely Estate on Musgrave Road in Red Hill, an Art & Craft Degustation Dinner will take place starting at 6:30 p.m. for 7:00 p.m. They have also partnered with the Craft Wine Store for this special event.

Photo credit: Clovely Estate Wines / Facebook

The event aims to celebrate the craft of regional producers such as winemakers, market gardeners, bee-keepers, and farmers. Mike Kirwin, the executive chef will ensure that all plates that will be sent out for service will be tickle the event goers’ palettes and will be aesthetically pleasing with its blend of colours, as well as the flavours and textures of the dishes.

The degustation features a five-course menu with wine. Sashimi of Yellow Fin Tuna, wasabi, smoked soy, apple, yuzu, sesame, coriander is a sample of what to expect at the event.

Clovely Estate started their first vineyard in 1997 and in 2015, they became a James Halliday 5-star winery. They opened their City Cellar Door in Red Hill in 2007, which also became a place for events and regular degustation dinners that feature their wines and produce.

Each table will seat eight people. In the case that you can fill up an entire table, you can be placed on their mixed tables.

Interested in going? The event costs $150 each per diner. For the full list of their degustation menu, click here.