MIXED BUSI­NESS

THE HAIG FAM­ILY’S COM­BINED CEL­LAR DOOR, GALLERY, RESTAU­RANT AND PROVI­DORE IS A POP­U­LAR DES­TI­NA­TION THAT AP­PEALS TO LO­CALS AND VIS­I­TORS ALIKE.

Country Style - - CONTENTS - WORDS VIR­GINIA IMHOFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHY MARK ROPER

Restau­rant, cel­lar door, gallery, provi­dore… No. 58 Cel­lar & Gallery in Port Elliot is a one-stop shop.

THERE’S A LOT to love about South Aus­tralia’s Fleurieu Penin­sula. And should you hap­pen to be in the his­toric south-coast town of Port Elliot, where our am­bas­sador Camp­bell Haig and his wife, Anna, an artist, run No. 58 Cel­lar Door & Gallery, you’ll find two of this boun­ti­ful re­gion’s big­gest fans. Port Elliot, about 85 kilo­me­tres south of Adelaide, has been home to the cou­ple and their 14-year-old son, Owen, for the past nine years. With a pas­sion for the re­gion’s wine, pro­duce and old build­ings, they found them­selves drawn to the area and the penin­sula life­style, as well as its di­verse and cre­ative community. When they built No. 58 five and a half years ago, it al­lowed them to share the best of the area with vis­i­tors. The Haigs had al­ready bought Waver­ley Es­tate, an 1850s blue­stone prop­erty, while still based in Adelaide. Since 2004, they have re­stored and re­fur­bished it as lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tion, ca­ter­ing for in­di­vid­u­als and groups. Af­ter leav­ing be­hind the cor­po­rate world of Adelaide for good in 2007, the cou­ple put all their ef­forts into building up their multi-faceted en­ter­prise. Waver­ley Es­tate al­ready had a small boutique vine­yard and olive grove, but the Haigs de­cided to buy an­other six hectares of vines just north of nearby Bashams Beach. From those two vine­yards, Camp­bell and Anna pro­duce small-batch, hand­made fine wines for their Thun­der­bird la­bel. Camp­bell’s vi­sion for No. 58, which sits along­side Waver­ley’s vines, was not only that it cre­ated a hub and out­let for the fam­ily’s many in­ter­ests, but it also gave vis­i­tors a one-stop shop for a slice of the Fleurieu. “No. 58 Cel­lar Door was the best way to rep­re­sent our wines, and it was a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion to take our gen­eral pas­sion for food, wine, art and tourism that one step fur­ther,” he says. “It’s also a place for us, as a fam­ily, to en­gage in all our pas­sions, and to share them with cus­tomers.” “Fam­ily” in­cludes the Haigs’ four su­per-friendly border col­lies, who wait for vis­i­tors on the out­side deck as the of­fi­cial meet-and-greet party. Once you’ve run the gaunt­let of throw­ing balls for the dogs, in­side you’ll find tast­ings of Thun­der­bird’s range of wines, in­clud­ing moscato, caber­net sauvi­gnon, sauvi­gnon blanc, shi­raz and­chardon­nay, as well as a chang­ing sea­sonal menu of re­gional food. “The fo­cus is al­ways on what’s in sea­son, fresh lo­cal pro­duce, and our olives and oils from Waver­ley,” says Camp­bell. “We do lunch, cof­fee and cake, tast­ing plates, wine tast­ings, pri­vate din­ners and cock­tail par­ties.” No. 58 also sells a small range of gifts and col­lecta­bles, and is a provi­dore for some of the ex­cel­lent lo­cally made pro­duce: “Hand­made dips from The Goods, cheese from B.-D Farm Paris Creek and Hind­marsh Val­ley Dairy, and Match­ett’s wa­ter crack­ers, sauces, and bal­samic vine­gars and dress­ings.” Not to men­tion Owen’s free-range or­ganic eggs. “He’s got 12 chooks and he sup­plies eggs to the cel­lar door. And he works here on week­ends and hol­i­days.” There’s also gallery space for Anna, a ce­ramic artist who stud­ied in the UK. Anna co­or­di­nates the work of other artists in the gallery, such as well-known still-life and land­scape painter Tom O’cal­laghan, and metal sculp­ture artists Anna Small and War­ren Pick­er­ing. “Anna’s ce­ramic works are mainly func­tional pieces and are avail­able to buy at the cel­lar door,” says Camp­bell proudly. “No. 58 has given us the op­por­tu­nity to use all of our skills and ex­pe­ri­ences on a daily ba­sis.” In­deed, the mul­ti­ple of­fer­ings at No. 58 make it a pop­u­lar place. At any one time, you’re likely to find lo­cals, tourists and week­enders here, Camp­bell says. “We have cre­ated a very good lo­cal clien­tele and fol­low­ing. We also love to add value to the community by sup­port­ing lo­cal events and as­sist­ing with fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties at the cel­lar door. It’s won­der­ful to see peo­ple get­ting plea­sure out of com­ing here — as it is for us to meet so many won­der­ful peo­ple. We’re all very hands-on, and that’s what we love.”

CLOCK­WISE, FROM FAR LEFT The cel­lar door and gallery en­trance; Camp­bell pours his Thun­der­bird Chardon­nay 2015; cel­lar door in­te­rior — the oil paint­ings are by Vic­tor Har­bor artist Tom O’cal­laghan and the wrought-iron can­de­labras are from Pig Iron Forge in Nairne, in the Adelaide Hills. FAC­ING PAGE Camp­bell by the pool at Waver­ley Es­tate.

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