Brisbane's first urban winery is opening

With a complete refit to transform ol Campos Coffee site

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Wine lovers of Brisbane can rejoice with the announcement that City Winery Brisbane will be transforming the old Campos Coffee site on Wandoo Street into Brisbane’s first micro-winery set to launch in the early part of this year.

The warehouse venue will undergo a complete re-fit making way for a modern Australian restaurant, private dining room and cellar, along with a barrel room and winery which will double as a function space outside of vintage each year.

Winemaker and City Winery Brisbane co-founder Dave Cush said the team were excited to revive Brisbane’s unknown winemaking history.

“Most Brisbane residents probably don’t know that in the 1800’s there were over 350 acres of grape vines planted throughout the city.  The Lambert’s had a vineyard along Lambert Road in Indooroopilly, there was substantial vineyards throughout Mitchelton, and of course Carl Gerler who had a 14 acre vineyard along the Brisbane River where Kingsford Smith Drive is today,” Mr Cush said.

“We particularly loved Gerler's story which became the inspiration for our wine brand, Gerler.  Not only did Carl maintain a vineyard here in Brisbane, but he travelled by horse and cart as far as Toowoomba and Warwick to buy grapes, bringing them back to the city where he made wine for the people, an approach that we’ll be doing with City Winery.

The team sources grapes from across the country wherever they grow best, bringing them into the city to make wine with the people. 

“City Winery will be an experience destination, or wine playground, consumers will be able to come in and learn the winemaking process, stomp on grapes, assist with bottling and so on.  It’s going to be a highly experiential offering,” Cush said.

Dave’s co-founder and managing director, Adam Penberthy said securing an appropriate building in Brisbane has been an exhaustive process.

“We started the process almost 18 months ago working tirelessly with Alex McSweeny of CBRE, to help find an appropriate warehouse style property within a close proximity to the CBD.  There wouldn’t be many warehouses in this corner of the world that we don’t know intimately,” Penberthy said.

“This site in particular ticked all the boxes.  It will allow us to have enough space to house the winery, which will double as a function space for corporate events, wedding receptions and our vintage experiences for people interested in the winemaking process to come and be part of, as well as a separate 70 seat restaurant, and private dining room for up to 20 people which will double as the cellar,” Penberthy continued.

The duo has attracted Chef Travis Crane to return to Brisbane after three successful years at the helm of the highly celebrated restaurant, The Barrelroom. 

“Travis’ passion for sourcing local is something that resonated with us, the restaurant will have a focused paddock to plate concept featuring modern Australian cuisine.“

“We’re currently in the process of establishing a market garden outside of Brisbane, taking over a site which was formally the original market garden for Rosewood which will provide weekly fresh produce for the restaurant,” Penberthy said.

Whilst the menu is being kept under wraps, Chef Travis Crane said diners can expect a uniquely Australian menu that will be matched to the wines produced by Dave Cush.

“The dining experience will revolve around fire, almost everything that a customer eats in the restaurant will touch the open fire in one way or another,” noted Crane.

“I spent time staging at the Michelin starred In De Wulf in Belgium, which despite a lifelong interest in fire, was the first time I had experienced wood fired cookery in a commercial kitchen. It was here that I was able to get a deep understanding and confidence to utilise wood fired techniques in my work, driving me to incorporate fire into my meals wherever possible,” Crane said.

City Winery Brisbane is set to open their doors early 2019, with bookings for events already being locked in.

“We’ve been overwhelmed with the support we’ve seen from people across Brisbane who have already booked in wedding receptions, birthday’s and the like at the venue throughout 2019,” Penberthy said. 

Interested customers who want to try the wine prior to the launch of City Winery can try the wines at the team's cellar door in Newstead. “At Carl’s (cafe, cellar door, and tasting room), people who are interested in what we are doing can visit and sample our wines, buy by the bottle or enjoy a glass or two on site,” Penberthy said. Carl’s is located on Wyandra Street in Newstead.


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