Vision for historic barn at start of Victor Harbor Road to become food and wine hub

EXCITING TIMES: Kathrin and Alan Varney are excited about what the future holds as they embark on their new winery/brewery/kitchen business, Victor's Place.

EXCITING TIMES: Kathrin and Alan Varney are excited about what the future holds as they embark on their new winery/brewery/kitchen business, Victor's Place.

REGION – An historic old barn that sits at the start of Victor Harbor Road in Old Noarlunga will be renovated into a new food, beer and wine hub, as the owners aim to create a “gateway” to the Fleurieu Peninsula’s wine region.

Alan Varney has eyed off the heritage listed barn at the start of Victor Harbor Road and joined forces with a few good mates to bring the brewery/winery/kitchen called ‘Victor’s Place’ to life.

Currently in a consultation phase with the Onkaparinga City Council, the barn will eventually undergo major renovations and be turned into a casual winery, brewery and kitchen setting.

Mr Varney and his wife Kathrin are passionate about seeing the idea thrive, as are the business partners, brewer Luke Muir and chef Joey Taylor

At 27 years old Mr Muir has been involved in the drinks industry for nearly a decade, has brewed some great beers and loves experimenting.

We’ve been mates for 10 years and this has always been something we’ve talked about doing. - Alan Varney

Meanwhile the 37-year-old Mr Taylor started his chef career in Adelaide nearly 20 years ago and has recently turned his hand to learning the craft of sour dough bread baking and small goods production.

“There’s three of us – I’m the winemaker, a friend is a brewer and then there’s the chef,” Mr Varney said.

“We’ve been mates for 10 years and this has always been something we’ve talked about doing.”

Mr Varney said he had already received huge support from people in the local community, especially those in the wine industry that were fully supportive of the business idea as well as making the most of the building.

He said when he spoke to people about the building, everyone knew exactly what he was talking about and that it was an iconic part of the drive into the McLaren Vale region.

“A lot of planning has gone into this,” he said.

“We thought we’d just keep going until we get told ‘no’ and we haven’t had that happen yet.”

As part of the project, there has been considerable design work done by Willunga designer Hank Kaas, who Mr Varney said had a great vision for the building.

He said they wanted to be able to create a place where you could drop in for a casual drink and soak in the serenity that the hillside of the McLaren Vale wine region offers.

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