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We have been working to establish a home for Tony Bish Wines, and are delighted to announce we are building a stunning Urban Winery in the old National Tobacco Company iconic Art Deco building in Ahuriri, within the Port precinct of Napier.
Colloquially known as the “Rothmans” building, this is a stunning piece of Art Deco industrial architecture and a national treasure. We just managed to shoe-horn the vintage in, complete with concrete eggs, barrels and more, and are now fitting out the cellar door area ahead of a planned opening in September this year. Very exciting! We have had some wonderful help from some of New Zealand’s most talented creative individuals, so its funky, totally unique, and very welcoming.
Please come and visit after opening, and check our website for opening hours.
The Ovum-Innovating Chardonnay
To celebrate our new Urban Winery, we pushed the boat out and purchased the most unique and stunning barrel in the world- a Taransaud Ovum. This French Oak egg shaped barrel is the only one in NZ, and one of only a few in the world. Like the concrete eggs, the natural convection currents keep yeast lees in suspension, creating a rich creamy texture, and in the case of the Ovum, seamless integration of oak. It is a piece of the most beautiful wooden sculpture, and totally captivating. For this inaugural ferment, we have filled our Ovum with free run Skeetfield vineyard Mendoza from these venerable old dry farmed vines.
Watch this space, first release likely November 2018.