Lost in a Forest
Lost in a Forest is like hanging out at Taras Ochota’s home. Here, the unconventional winemaker serves an exclusive wine from his favourite personal barrel. It’s whacked in clear bottles with no added sulphur and served as the standard pour.
Herein lies the beauty of Lost in a Forest. It’s personal.
The 130-year-old church is part-owned by Ochota’s business partner Charlie Lawrence. He took long-service leave from a career in advertising and graphic design to transform it into a laid-back hangout, complete with mezzanine lounge area, wood oven and an outdoor fire pit in June 2016. Joy Division, DIIV and The Cure soundtrack it all.
Lawrence developed an organic pizza obsession after building a wood oven in his backyard. He and third co-owner Nick Filsell (former head chef at Jamie’s Italian and Red Ochre Grill) began experimenting and came up with six organic pizzas, such as Brussel sprout and speck. Many of the ingredients come from Ochota’s home garden and the local pine forest.
Chilli, basil, dill and other ingredients are grown in 20 half barrels outside. If you want more basil on your pizza, head over and pick it yourself.
Apart from Ochota’s exclusive pour, there are natural wines from around the world, particularly Basket Range neighbours. The faces behind the bar are familiar, too. In addition to Ochota, Justin Lane (founder of Alpha Box & Dice) and Gentle Folk winemaker Gareth Belton appear from time to time.