After several years on the move as pop-up and roving vendors, Adelaide Wine Markets duo Dale Wostikow and Josh Voigt and Caroclub’s Tim Attiwill, Kyle McLean and Kain Slotegraaf are finally staying put. Together the two teams have launched a permanent bottle shop, eatery and wine bar – Bowden Cellars – that officially opens tonight in the eastern end of Plant 3.

It’s the latest addition to the emerging food, drink and lifestyle hub, joining Bowden Brewing and hairdresser Seb & Tom in the former Clipsal warehouse. Several more spaces, including Shirni Parwana, will also occupy the sawtooth building.

The 74-person Bowden Cellars site comprises a main dining area, wine bar, mezzanine and outdoor area. The design by Echelon Studio draws on the precinct’s industrial architecture with polished concrete floors and a lofty, open-plan space.

“It’s amazing to see an idea come to life after lots of hard work and seeing the rewards of your efforts,” says Voigt, who co-founded Adelaide Wine Markets in 2018 at The Market Shed on Holland. The new site is a coming home of sorts. The Market Shed was run by the Kaitatzis family who owns Plant 3 and neighbouring Plant 4.

“We’re most excited about connecting and engaging with the local community and creating a space to converse, meet people and learn about some of the amazing [wine] producers coming out of South Australia. We’re keen to foster and grow that connection.”

The bottle shop stocks an extensive selection of mainly local boutique wines designed to accommodate new and experienced consumers. The team will host on-site tastings, masterclasses, wine-paired dinners and product launches with local producers several times a week. They also have capacity for private functions on the mezzanine level for up to 24 guests.

If you’re drinking in, expect the classics alongside alternative and emerging styles of wine, plus a handful of local craft beers, ciders and spirits. Patrons can also choose a bottle from the bottle shop for a small corkage fee.

“The main focus of what we’re doing is finding those quality producers that are creating a great product that maybe don’t have a cellar door or don’t have access to as many outlets as some other bigger businesses in the state and wanting to let those shine,” says Voight.

While he and Wostikow focus on the drinks, they’ve enlisted Caroclub to run the kitchen. The popular food truck was founded in 2017 by Attiwill and McLean (who both appeared in season eight of My Kitchen Rules) and their long-time friend (and head chef) Slotegraaf, who's done time at Shobosho, Bread & Bone and Orana, as well as a stint with Noma in Denmark and Mexico in 2014.

He’s assembled a tight menu of American-style burgers and fried chicken backed by house-made sauces, charred corn slaw and an Oreo cheesecake. New to the Caroclub menu is a crisp fried shimeji mushroom burger with all the trimmings and a spicy Memphis barbeque sauce and fiery versions of their fried chicken burger and cheeseburger with peri peri sauce.

“We are easing in so the menu initially will be slightly smaller, then we’ll introduce breakfast in the coming months and potentially a few more main-style dishes down the track,” Attiwill says. “The menu will be an ever-evolving thing, but you’ll always be able to get the Caroclub experience that you’re familiar with at the truck if that’s what you’re coming in for.”

Bowden Cellars opens at 5pm tonight in Plant 3.

Bowden Cellars
Plant 3, Red Shed Lane, Bowden
Hours:
Wed to Sun 11am–late

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