In a 127 year old cellar in the main street of Tanunda, a clutch of special family brands, has been given a unique home in which to nest.
Underground Barossa, the brainchild of dynamic sixth-generation Barossa siblings, Trent and Amelia Burge, builds on the exceptional legacy of parents, Grant and Helen, and brings the wines of Corryton Burge, Barossa Boy and Amelia Burge Wines home into one welcoming, family-friendly cellar door.
Below an enchanting layer of age-encrusted barrels, subterranean cement vats have been converted into seating pods for intimate tastings, while the rustic cellar floor hosts a centralised bar, surrounded by the wares and the stories of this iconic winemaking dynasty.
This is the place that brings family together, says 39 year old Amelia, business and brand manager and dedicated mother of twins, who takes great pleasure in sharing a “cheeky vino” with friends.
It’s unpretentious and warm, a place for gathering and sharing.
“We love that we can showcase all of our family brands in the one place because it allows our guests to really immerse themselves in learning about us and all our family stories,” she says.
“Wine can sometimes be a little bit intimidating for some people, so we wanted to create an experience where people can feel really at home and at ease learning about our wines.
“Our cellar door hosts focus on using everyday language to educate our guests so that they leave knowing a little bit more about wine in general than when they arrived.”
Winemaker, Trent, 36, is the family storyteller.
Out with growers or on the road, he’s passionate about the Barossa and bringing to light this special part of the world, one of the reasons Barossa produce also forms part of Underground’s tasting experience.
“We pair all of our wines to a delicious snack that brings out the best flavours of the wines,” he explains.
“After all, that is a more realistic representation of how we enjoy wine outside a cellar door situation.
“The Barossa has so many wonderful food producers so why not celebrate that?”
Barossa Boy is Trent’s “passion project”, founded by the down-to-earth boy who grew up with “dirt under his fingernails and Barossa blood in his veins”.
Amelia Burge Wines is Amelia’s range of sparkling wines, which effervesce as playfully as her own adventurous personality.
Together, the siblings created Corryton Burge, named for Corryton Park Homestead, the family’s historic vineyard-encircled estate. With its “Kith” and “Kin” ranges, it speaks to the importance of human connection.
Lastly, a fourth label, Barossa Underground Fortified Wines, pays homage to the winery site’s original heritage, where customers can still bring a flagon to replenish home stores.
“We are very much all about longevity and using the skills and experience of the generations before us to create a legacy for our family for generations to come,” says Amelia, reflecting on the family’s esteemed winemaking journey, which began in 1855 with great-great-great grandfather, John Burge.
“We just really want to let people know what Underground Barossa is: It’s the home of all the brands by our family, presented in a really unique and welcoming experience at our cellar door.”