Saint-Hubert | Cera Stribley
Cera Stribley oversaw the transformation of St Hubert’s cellar door into a 21st century establishment that sees it rising from the ground.
The project was commissioned by Ryan Hospitality Group and Treasury Premium Brands and provides a striking visual for guests as they approach the cellar door. The hallmark hangars have been retained and converted into a restaurant and reception centre.
The original structure was created in the 1800s by winemaker Hubert de Castella and saw new life in the 1960s. Facing north-west on a gently sloping site, St Hubert’s is considered ideal for climate wines. costs that benefit from exposure to the sun. The building draws inspiration from the slope thanks to the curvaceous nature of its form.
A large copper door separates two concrete walls to open the cellar door to customers. Upon entering, the feeling of warmth is solidified thanks to the concrete and copper formed natural wood at the entrance, the wooden panels, as well as the wine tasting benches in smooth natural wood and the leather seated stools chestnut. The cellar door and a terrace are on the top floor, with a gallery comprising four tasting rooms and an outdoor terrace located below. Both levels overlook a lawn amphitheater that will eventually host events and live performances.
The branded shed has a black tarred wooden covering which allows for a sober but warm interior. The restaurant is a split service and split kitchen and restaurant, reflected by various counters along the length of the building. A large pizza oven adorns one end, carved from copper-colored mosaic penny rounds, while a similarly-toned bar conceals the serving area. Contrasting green subway tiles feature behind with white and green in the front, complemented by a wood covered bar and service section.
Citing the history and magic of the cellar as inspiration, Cera Stribley connects a once decrepit cellar door and its surrounding facilities to the Yarra Valley through thoughtful revitalization. The cellar door, restaurant and signature shed combine to create a neighborhood that has become a destination for all travelers to the famous Victorian Valley.