Maxwell Wines: The artistry of a good cellar door experience

By Jen Barwick

If good wine, superb food and beautiful views aren’t enough to entice you back to McLaren Vale, Maxwell Wines’ revolving art collection will soon have you returning on a regular basis.

Like the vineyard scenes framed by the cellar door’s large picture windows, the collection of South Australian artwork changes every two to three months.

Cellar Door manager and art director Helen Glacken said the medium also changes regularly.

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An iron work sculptures by McLaren Vale artists Rod and Judy Manning are found throughout the grounds and gardens of Maxwell Wines.

“We regularly feature oils, photography, pastels, we’ve had linographs and in August… (we showcased) some fantastic mini iron sculpture and wall art as part of the South Australian Living Arts Festival (SALA),” Helen said.

“Maxwell Wines is a member of the Fleurieu Art Trails, and if the artist is happy, we host an exhibition opening… having a steady flow of wines from the cellar door can definitely help with sales on the night.”

The display of art isn’t kept to the walls of the cellar door, outside they feature and sell sculpture and metal work from Rod and Judy Manning, who live at a neighbouring property.

An iron work sculptures by McLaren Vale artists Rod and Judy Manning are found throughout the grounds and gardens of Maxwell Wines.

An iron work sculptures by McLaren Vale artists Rod and Judy Manning are found throughout the grounds and gardens of Maxwell Wines.

Maxwell Wines public relations and communications manager Jeremy Maxwell said it was about adding content to their visitors’ experience.

“It’s important to us to keep offering something new in the experience. Like the view and the menu which changes with the seasons, we want our exhibitions to reflect that too,” Jeremy said.