Update: URBN VINO has moved out of its location in the Terminus Building. As much as I adored the space, 2020 was a challenging year and trying to run tours, tastings and functions as well as grow the winery was a little too ambitious.
I’m sad to leave such an amazing space, but I’m very grateful to have been able to share it with so many visitors.
What’s next for URBN VINO?
But it’s not the end! I’ll be searching for a new Dunedin location through 2021 where I can focus entirely on winemaking. I’ll be able to make smaller volumes of a wider variety of wines, including more organic, experimental and natural wines. I’ll also be able to continue to fine-tune and grow the reusable wine bottle initiative.
In the meantime I’ll continue selling Pinot Noir, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc at the Otago Farmers Market, every Saturday morning throughout 2021. And a revamped website and online sales will be returning sometime this year... sooner rather than later I hope.
I’ll keep you updated as things progress. Thanks to all my brilliant customers, both trade and retail, for all their support since 2016. Your enthusiasm and encouragement continues to be a foundation block of the business.
In April and May 2016 I started the URBN VINO DUNEDIN project in a temporary location in an historic building undergoing restoration. I brought Central Otago grapes and winemaking equipment to Dunedin and made Pinot Noir right in the middle of one of the best small cities in the world (and in the middle of a building site).
In March 2018, after a great deal of planning, the URBN VINO project finally came back to the city, this time for good. We returned with all the winemaking equipment and hand-picked grapes from Bendigo and Bannockburn and made wine in the city again. The wine was basket-pressed and matured in barrel on-site for 11 months, then blended, and bottled unfiltered. Truely hand-made wine.
Check out our Gallery to see how the winery unfolded and click on the links below to read about the journey so far...