Auterra — meaning of the earth — is celebration of wine. A sibling to Clinton McIver’s fine dining experience Amaru, the wine bar forges its own path. A place that exudes timeless authenticity and character. It was important that the space felt established and warm, a welcoming neighbourhood local.
Armadale, Boonwurrung Land
Inspired by the varied natural pigment of wine, the space unfolds with a complex layering of colour and texture. Beginning with deep reds and burgundy, blending into blushing pinks and oranges, and finally transitioning to sparkling yellows in the private dining space upstairs.
Abundant, yet sophisticated, the material palette includes Australian hardwoods, copper and brass, materials will patinate over time, adding character and personality. The space is complex, bold, inviting, and exciting – it draws diners in and delivers a satisfying and stimulating experience centered around the enjoyment of fine wine. The vibrant and fresh character is married with a feeling that it has always been here, that it belongs here.
Auterra is complex and bold – a place that draws diners into the space and delivers a satisfying and stimulating experience centered around the enjoyment of fine wine.
Expressed as a visual gradient, the material palette, lighting, furniture selection, and spatial sequencing all contribute to the storytelling. The overall impression is of an animated space, a homage to wine that is familiar, comforting, and welcoming.