Updated: Dec 20, 2018
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 early 2019.
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.
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.
We 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.
Grapes will be sourced from across the country wherever they grow best, and will be brought 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,” Winemaker Dave Cush.
LaunchThe launch date is set for late February 2019, just in time for vintage 2019!