Lindeman's at Pokolbin will close its cellar door and Harvest Cafe on September 23, shedding a number of staff

CORKED: Lindeman's cellar door and Harvest Cafe at Pokolbin will close on Friday.

CORKED: Lindeman's cellar door and Harvest Cafe at Pokolbin will close on Friday.

Cellar door staff have lost their jobs at Lindeman’s after its owner Treasury Wine Estates announced it would close the cellar door and its 1843 Harvest Café at Pokolbin.

The closure will take place on Friday to undergo a review and extensive upgrade of the iconic winery.

A spokesperson for Treasury Wine Estate said a small number of permanent full time roles will be impacted along with a number of casual roles.

However, they said it is possible that a number of casual roles will still be retained.

“At this stage it is not clear how long the review will require as we’re in the early stages of the process,” the spokesperson said.

“We have decided it would be more effective to develop the plans for upgrade without trying to maintain all of the current operations at the same time.”

“The facilities are in need of a significant upgrade of both the look and feel of the interior, as well as the tourism facilities and attractions,” the spokesperson said.

“The Hunter Valley is a prime location for national and international visitors, so it’s important for the company to consider a range of concepts.

“We’re still in the early stages of reviewing all of the potential options for the site.”

The spokesperson said Treasury Wine Estates has been in consultation with the employees impacted earlier this week.

Lindeman’s function centre will continue to operate while the plan for the overall site is being developed.

- The Maitland Mercury

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