Torbreck at Hillside | Barossa Valley

Barossa Valley

Torbreck Vintners

Structural Concepts Australia

Interior Designer
S2 Architects

February 2024

The project was to create a small luxury retreat to host or high net worth international and domestic customers, and provide them with a tailored Torbreck wine experience at Hillside Vineyard and Winery. A space to be used for hosting an annual Torbreck trade and consumer events within a heritage wine tourism experience – one of the world’s oldest vineyard and historic winery experiences.

Hillside is not just a heritage propery in need of repair. It needs to celebrate it’s heritage, but also be attractive as a luxury offering under the Torbreck brand. It needs to earn an income, and be an asset that adds to the overall value of the site for Torbreck.

With a personality that is deep, a little dramatic and quite extraordinary, there is no room here for subtle or simple here. The project is under construction in 2023, and involves:

  • An atmosphere that is a little dramatic, but authentically so. Genuine and chosen to tell a story rather than vintage.
  • Materials that are individual, bold, elegant.
  • Raw, strong, ornate exterior, with a hint of the unlikely in colour, weight or shape.
  • Reserved, private, intriguing first impression. A strong entrance.
  • Bold, intense representation of the historic and wine making using items, not just words. Collections of beautiful, intriguing and interesting things.
  • Detailed, unusual gateway.
  • Good light, accented with something that draws attention to a unique item.
  • Solid, elegant, detailed furniture – something that will be there a long time.
  • Black, white and grey with an accent – yellow, orange or green. No beige.
  • Showing what has been here before using bold, striking displays.


For most tourism businesses, working on your buildings and grounds is a big deal. There is a lot of money and time at stake and can be difficult to know where to start. So let’s just start with a coffee.