Peter Logan studied and practiced as a process chemist, perhaps an unlikely start to a career in winemaking, but an appreciation of wine and its production was enough to convince him to take on a new life.
Now, 11 vintages later, the Logans have grown a successful brand and a unique cellar door that sits proudly within the lush rolling hills of Mudgee and their thriving vineyard.
Architect Stephen Buzacott of Buzacott Webber designed the impressive Logan Wines cellar door and unique tasting room, with interiors by Sarah-Jane Pyke of Arent and Pyke. “Picture a cantilevered glass box that gives the sensation of hanging in the vineyard,” Peter says.
“Architecturally, the building is visually spectacular and allows us to take advantage of our natural surroundings.”
Soft, warm furniture and materials make it feel more like entering someone’s home than a business. The light and airy space within leads out to the expansive deck where guests can enjoy a drop to drink and a plate of cheese while taking in the magnificent views.
The Logans also live on the property in a small cottage – with a modest extension also designed by Buzacott – by the Cudgegong River. “It hadn’t been lived in for 15 years and had cattle traipsing through it for most of that time,” Peter says.
When it comes to the wine, Peter believes that Australia is in a unique position with a range of climates and soils for a wide variety of wine production.
“Add to this the fact that we aren’t weighed down by a rich winemaking history which governs the way wines must be made – which is the example in ‘old world’ winemaking centres, such as France – [it gives] our wine industry in Australia a lot of freedom to experiment and modernise the winemaking process.”