Tantalus Estate is the latest chapter of a story that began in 1998, when the original vineyard was planted. The 8.3 hectare property was discovered by Campbell Aitken and Carrie Mendell, entrepreneurs with backgrounds in hospitality and dining, looking for a new challenge.
Underperforming vines were ripped out and replaced by new, low-cropping varietals. The winery itself, described by architect Nat Cheshire as “a warehouse in thin drag: a couple of stilettos and some hasty makeup, passing itself off as Dutch or Spanish mission church,” was totally redeveloped. A light-filled restaurant opening out onto the vineyard was established.