The Old Apple Shed @ Tallarida Estate: Refreshingly Simple
Address: 148 Browns Rd, Rosebud
One of the newer cellar doors on the Peninsula, The Old Apple Shed at Tallarida Estate remains a bit of a mystery to those looking in from the outside. As seasoned veterans, we at Wine Compass know better though, and having discovered this hidden gem, we’re more than happy to share the secret with our tours.
As you might expect from an estate with not even a Facebook to their name, The Old Apple Shed is a rather charming and down to earth affair. The welcoming and relaxed vibes draw you in from the moment you arrive, as do the friendly and knowledgeable couple that run the show.
Kate Magee used to run the cellar door experience at Bluestone Lane, and now uses her expertise to help visitors discover the wines and ciders that The Old Apple Shed has to offer. She, along with the rest of the team, do a fantastic job in creating an ideal place to enjoy a few drinks and laughs.
The Old Apple Shed has a really great range of both wines and ciders on hand, and visitors can enjoy this selection through their generous and varied tastings. Their wines are locally sourced from a small but talented producer, and include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Heathcote Shiraz, Sparkling and Moscato. There’s also a delicious alcoholic ginger beer for a refreshing twist.
But if it’s their showstoppers you’re after, you really can’t look past their amazing ciders. Flavours on offer are apple, pear, strawberry and passionfruit, and people buy them by the caseload. Why? Once you’ve tried them, no further explanation will be necessary.
While you shouldn’t expect to dine on any Michelin star quality food at The Old Apple Shed, they’ll still make sure your stomach isn’t grumbling. More specifically, the team offer up a simple but satisfying cheeseboard that perfectly pairs with your wine and hits just the spot after a day of tastings.
The entryway to The Old Apple Shed is set up in such a way that you drive in through the vines, presenting you with a beautiful view from the get go. From there the estate continues to deliver, especially through their cellar door, which is set within their spacious winery.
This gives an authentic tone to your tasting, while still maintaining those casual vibes we love about The Old Apple Shed.
What we like
There’s a lot to love about The Old Apple Shed; the great team, relaxed atmosphere, and generous tastings all go a long way in creating one all-round enjoyable experience. Their popular ciders are also a really big drawcard, and once you taste them you’ll likely agree.
What we don’t like
In this day and age, not having any web presence at all can be a really big downfall. People like to know what they’re getting into before they visit, and that’s hard to do without a spec of information about The Old Apple Shed available out there. That being said, none of our visitors have been disappointed by what they discover when they do get along to The Old Apple Shed.
UPDATE: check out their new website http://oldappleshed.com.au/