Irrewarra Sourdough building bakery on historic site

Posted on October 27, 2016 Irrewarra Sourdough

Irrewarra Sourdough is thrilled to announce that it has obtained planning permission to build a new bakery on its original site in rural Irrewarra, adjacent to the 1880s’ stables where the bakery was established by founders John and Bronwynne Calvert in 2000.

The stables, one of the many historic rural buildings throughout Irrewarra, were part of the Irrewarra House Estate, converted to a bakery in 1999. Due to the growth of the bakery, the business soon outgrew the stables and additional spaced in nearby Colac East was utilised for additional space. The new bakery will allow the business to move all operations back to the original site.

The proposed 2000-square-metre bakery, with public tasting area, has been designed by Sydney heritage architects Clive Lucas Stapleton to co-exist with the rural landscape and will give the business much needed space to house all the bread and granola baking, with biscuit baking remaining in the original stables bakery.

The bakery will also open for tours, allowing Irrewarra customers and visitors to The Great Ocean Road hinterland to see firsthand the sourdough being hand-cut, hand-moulded and baked by Irrewarra’s team of artisan bakers. Visitors will get to taste Irrewarra’s famous sourdough breads warm from the oven with local cheese, wines and produce.

Included in the plans for the historic site is the restoration of the original kitchen garden and the completion of the restoration of the horse stalls in the stables. Construction of the bakery is planned to start in early 2017 and the Calvert family and staff look forward to welcoming all their customers to Irrewarra in late 2017.