Building a winery

Updated: Dec 20, 2018

Dave and I could write a book on the process it's taken to build this winery! The process started in 2016 with my business partner, Dave Cush (our winemaker) making small batches of wine down at the Granite Belt.

After over a decade of making pinot down at Spring Vale in Tasmania, Dave turned his hand to varietals he'd not made previously sourcing interesting fruit from across the country, with a particular focus on Grenache and other alternative varietals.

Dave and I joined forces about two years ago, sharing a common interest in wine, but more so a desire to start an urban winery in Brisbane. Ironically both Dave and I had both independently been working on a business case and concept for an urban winery. The best bit was, he can make wine and I can market it!

City Winery Barrel Room
And so we begin! Construction underway at City Winery Brisbane

The venueFinding a site took a long time. A very long time. We misjudged how difficult it was going to be to secure a location in Brisbane. Our biggest issue was securing a site close to the city that had enough space for a winery, wine bar, restaurant and function areas. After 18 months search, the old Campos Coffee site, on Wandoo Street behind James Street Markets ticked all boxes!

The old Campos location will give us just enough room for the winery - it's going to be tight but will work. Guests will be able to come in during the day and see Dave working away on the wines, or help bottle, label or whatever it is Dave is doing on that particular day.

Of an evening the winery space will be converted into an area suitable for functions be it - private events like engagements and weddings or corporate events.

The venue will also house a private dining room with space for up to 20 people in our very own cellar.

At the rear of the venue is the restaurant where Chef Travis Crane will take you on a culinary journey with a focus on a modern Australian cuisine.

From hereStick with us, we'll be sharing updates as the venue. In the meantime, we encourage you to pop into our pop-up cellar door - Carl's located at 22 Wyandra Street, Teneriffe.