(ABC Radio Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe) ABC Radio Brisbane
June 12, 2017 12:53:13
Tony Harper is making wine in the middle of Brisbane.
(ABC Radio Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe) Residents in inner-city Brisbane are coming together through a winemaking project that sees them stomping grapes on the footpath.Tony Harper and his wife Tanya started the urban wine project in Red Hill two years ago, and its latest vintage is in full swing.Mr Harper said it was about bringing the winemaking process from the country to the city. (ABC Radio Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe)
Later this year the community will again come together to bottle wine.”Every step of the way we keep people updated on social media and invite everyone from the stomp back,” Mr Harper said.”We love people coming back and trying as it goes along.”
Tony Harper and his team invite people in and be part of the wine-making process. Photo:
The wine is taken from the barrel to test the colour and taste. Photo:
Residents come together to crush and sort grapes on the footpath. (Supplied: Craft)
“You can smell the fermentation from the street,” he said.”We ship the grapes up and everyone gets their hands sticky and helps us with the process.”By inviting the community in, they get to be involved in the whole process and create something together.”The three grape varieties selected this year were two reds — tannat and nobilo — and a chardonnay; all came from New England, New South Wales. (ABC Radio Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe)
Each week the wines are checked to ensure the process is happening as it should, but it does not always go to plan.”Sometimes we come into the store during the fermentation process and the pressure causes the bungs to fly off,” Mr Harper said.”If you look closely you can see the juice all over the store.”To help keep the wines on track, Mr Harper seeks help from award-winning wine maker Mike Hayes from Stanthorpe.”He helps us keep it all in check,” he said.”If it wasn’t for Mike we wouldn’t be able to do it here in the middle of Brisbane.”
The colour and sediment of the wine is checked. (ABC Radio Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe)
“This splitting process is phenomenally messy and we do it right on the footpath,” Mr Harper said.”We trudge it inside the store and we ferment inside.”As the process develops … people often drive by and stop to take a look.”People are invited to come in and ask questions about the process of winemaking and help top up the barrels.”It creates that conversation and it brings people together over a common interest,” Mr Harper said.”The children love it the most though, they want to pull the bungs out and have a look and have a smell.”
During the fermentation process the bung can push out of the barrel.