You grape-happy, foot-stomping folks did it. You dug deep into your pockets, put your cash where your wine-loving taste buds are and rocketed Melbourne’s first people-powered urban winery into existence. And now, you get to reap the sweet, sweet rewards.
Come late February, Noisy Ritual, as the winery is known, will lurch into action. First step is the production of four batches of wine, concocted from grapes sourced from Victorian vineyards. Pinot noir will be making the trip from Geelong and Sunbury, while shiraz will be scuttling over from Geelong and Heathcote.
If you’ve been forward-thinking enough to sign up as a Noisy Ritual member, you’re invited to every part of the process. That means blanking out as many Saturdays in your diary while vintage lasts: 28 February to 11 April. What else could possibly compete for your time with communal stomping and pressing, anyway?
The good news is, if you’re not yet a member, you’re still welcome to the party. Noisy Ritual will also be hosting a pop-up bar throughout the period. Open between 7pm and 11pm on Saturday nights at 130 High Street, Preston South, it’s a place to check out the wine-making process, sample wines made by Noisy Ritual’s winemakers and try the latest drops from a handpicked selection of Melbourne’s craft beer creators. If, at some point along the way, you feel inspired to join, you might be able to grab one of the few memberships left.
Initiated by a trio of Melbournians, Noisy Ritual is all about boosting wine-love in a friendly, welcoming environment. Too often, people who are new to wine feel intimidated by the tasting scene, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The team is made up of professional winemakers Alex and Sam, and their school mate Cam. After accidentally discovering a fermenter underneath Cam’s house, they decided to get their friends together to make a batch of wine. The process was so much fun, they wanted to share it with the rest of Melbourne. Following a successful crowd funding campaign, Noisy Ritual was born.
Find the Noisy Ritual pop-up bar at 130 High Street, Preston. Open Saturdays 7pm-11pm from February 28 through April 4.