Inner City Winemaking: Urban Winery Project takes over Gather & Tailor

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If you thought making wine was reserved for the rural and regional areas of the world, think again. Winemakers Vinteloper and culinary tailors Pot & Pan have brought regional winemaking and feasting to our inner city doors with the Urban Winery Project.

Founded by Vinteloper in 2012, the Urban Winery Project is a crash course in wine, allowing guests to take part in traditional winemaking – including stomping grapes with your bare feet.

The Project is all about inspiring passion for winemaking by seeing and touching wine in a hands-on experience.

For the 2016 Project, Founder/Winemaker, David Bowley partnered with Pot & Pan Culinary Tailoring owners Sam and Celeste Gant to elevate the winemaking experience with feasts hosted at Gather and Tailor, Pot & Pan’s beautiful event space.

To complement Vinteloper’s wine aspect of the project, Pot & Pan joined forces with a different chef each week – Frank Camorra (Movida), Ryan Flaherty (Mr Jennings), Peter Gunn (Ides, Attica) and butcher/American barbecue extraordinaire, Scott Gould.

We had the pleasure of attending the last event in the series, where Scott Gould and Sam and Celeste Gant co-hosted a “Smoke and Vine” dinner, which familiarised diners with the delicate nuances involved in food and wine production. Guests learned about the art of smoking and the difference between grass-fed, grain-fed and wagyu meat.

The wine offered on the night highlighted the difference in wines of the same grape variety growing in different regions.

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Lauren Bruce

Lauren started her writing career as a communications adviser before she realised she couldn’t ignore her passion for food and the arts any longer. So now she does both! Now editor of Gram Magazine, she has also contributed to Quest Magazine, Spook, the Herald Sun, Paper Sea and Junkee.