She's Sustainable

What makes our Cellar Door Sustainable?

The design of our cellar door is the perfect reflection of the Buttery family’s commitment to sustainability and the environment. It opened in April 2013 after being purpose built in Sydney and now sits lightly upon the earth on stilts for minimal impact on the ground soil. The other sustainable details include:

  • Water saver plumbing fittings
  • Energy efficient lighting
  • The primary materials used to construct the building include plantation and recycled timber
  • Insulation and window glazing minimise solar gain and creates natural temperature control.
  • No slabs or concrete footings were used. The building sits lightly upon the earth.
  • The floor is called Comcork and is made out of 70% recycled cork.
  • The hot water system is powered by gas.
  • 2 very large rain water tanks with a 9,000 litre capacity captures that most precious of resources giving us no need to connect to mains water.
  • Our platter boards are handmade in McLaren Vale by local artist Garry Stillwell. Gary uses wood from recycled wine barrels and you can buy them at cellar door.
  • We feed all of the food scraps from the platters to our hungry worm farm which generates a high nutrient organic liquid (you can guess what that is) that we use as a natural fertiliser on the plants.
  • A 10 kilowatt solar panel system provides plenty of clean energy to offset our energy usage.
  • The gardens are irrigated from dams on the property and a water treatment system makes best use of our waste-water.
  • The bar top is constructed from a timber slab salvaged from the 100+ year old Tatachilla Winery
  • The bar stools are made from recycled barrel staves
  • The deck is made from recycled timber and plastic so it’s UV resistant and requires no oils or stains to maintain it.
  • Landscaping around the cellar door features drought-resistant and native plants maintained organically with no herbicides used.
  • Our herb planter box is made from recycled timber and you will find the organically farmed greenery on our platters
  • We recently planted an orchard near the playground and a herb and vegetable garden next to our solar panels, both sites are farmed organically. The produce is served on our platters and seasonally available for purchase.
  • Our private tasting room was built using reclaimed timber from the Hardys Tintara renovations. It can accommodate up to 12 people for structured tastings.