Australia's largest urban winery to move to Moore Park

Alex Retief is preparing to shift Sydney's first urban winery.
Alex Retief is preparing to shift Sydney's first urban winery. Photo: Sarah Keayes

Winemaker Alex Retief is moving his winery lock, stock and barrel. If that doesn't sound equal parts difficult and unusual enough, he's relocating it next to the dance studio at Moore Park's Entertainment Quarter. 

Urban Winery Sydney is shifting from the St Peter's location where it launched in mid 2016 to its new quarters in April.

While his neighbours at Precinct 75 included an axe-throwing workshop and coffee roasters, at EQ he'll join new arrival Black Star Pastry.

As operator of Australia's first large-scale urban winery, he's already getting his head around the logistics of relocating walls of barrels after he shuts in St Peters, mid-March.

Retief hatched the idea – which involves regulars in the winemaking process – while living in Bordeaux, but wanted the passion to be regional.

"We'll continue that focus on NSW," he says. Given Sydneysiders do not live on wine alone, there will continue to be plenty of local craft beers on the menu as well.