"Never have we made an Urban Winery Project that is so purposeful and yet so calm. If you could liquify the voice of Barry White and bottle it, the taste might be something like this."
We've been following the development of the Vinteloper Urban Winery Project since its earliest days. It's essentially a pop-up winery that takes over industrial spaces in the heart of Adelaide, Melbourne or Sydney on an alternating basis every year during harvest. Winemaker David Bowley and his small team transport grapes in daily for a bacchanalian celebration of winemaking, where guests become the winemakers.
Food is served by a top chef, music is played and great wine is drunk. People get their hands and feet dirty and learn how wine is made by making it themselves.
That wine is released the following year. A wine made by the people, for the people. Each of them has their names printed on a different bottle, so somewhere out there in the world there are 10 bottles with only their name on it.
The wine itself? Always jolly delicious in a very joyous fashion. Season 8 of the Urban Winery Project was at Stomping Ground Brewing Co in Melbourne during February 2019. Over 240 people joined in de-stemming, stomping and pressing Shiraz from the Adelaide Hills and Touriga Nacional from Langhorne Creek.
5,220 bottles produced, and winner of the trophy for best multi-regional blend at the 2021 Langhorne Creek Wine Show.
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