When winemakers Alex and Sam got wind that their mate Cam had found a concrete wine fermenter under his house, they did the obvious thing: ordered half a tonne of shiraz grapes and got their friends over to help them stomp it. Word spread, and over the coming weeks more and more people dropped by to get in on some old-timey low-tech urban winemaking goodness. The thing was a hit for everyone involved and when we were done, we received so much positive feedback we decided to take the next step and bring this low-key style of winemaking to even more city-dwelling people.
To bring this handmade winemaking experience to the most people possible, we created an urban winery where you get to make the wine. Through a series of events we guide Members through the process from grape to glass. There's food, music and wine to indulge the senses while, piece by piece, we strip away the mystique of winemaking – all in a relaxed, inclusive and fun environment. With Noisy Ritual it’s all about basking in the glory of wine, minus the bullshit.
In Autumn 2015 we undertook Noisy Ritual's first proper vintage in a pop-up space in Preston. Nearly 100 members had a tonne of fun making 6 batches of wine that went on to be released as Noisy Ritual’s 2015 range. The membership experience concluded at our Bottling Party in November where we bottled our 2015 wines and celebrated the end of our first year with a big ol' knees up. So much fun.
Another super fun year of winemaking with another batch of rowdy Noisy Ritual members is done and dusted, and we've got 8 new wines ready to release to the world in 2017! We can't wait for you to try them.
We've got so much planned for the new year, and especially our winemaking vintage starting in late Feb. This will be your first chance to visit an urban winery in full flight during vintage to see, taste and smell it all in action. And we've got lots of special events lined up to make sure we're true to our name.
In the meantime the bar is back open from the first week of January, so come say Hi and enjoy a glass of East Brunswick's finest if you're in the neighbourhood. We've still got a few winemaking memberships available too (although they're well on their way to selling out) so get cracking if you'd like to make some wine with us this year.
Bring on 2017!
Check out the video we made for the crowdfunding campaign - back when we where just kids.