Autumn is a busy time of year for Australian winemakers. But for this year’s vintage, urban winery Noisy Ritual is inviting Melburnians to get their hands – and occasionally feet – dirty.
From late February to early April, the Brunswick East winery will transport fresh grapes from its network of Victorian growers into the big smoke to turn them into wine.
Noisy Ritual’s name stems from the idea that some cultures historically used “noisy rituals” to aid wine fermentation. Its philosophy is inclusive and celebratory, and its approach to vintage is to throw its doors wide open and make as much noise as possible.
As part of Vintage 2020, the winery is offering free tastings on Wednesdays and Fridays from 5pm, $20 winery tours, winemaking workshops, live music and plenty of topnotch food.
Highlights include an opening night feast by Israeli street-food eatery Miznon, with the annual Ritual Stomp to mark the official start of vintage; a free-entry “open house” event with paella by MoVida; and a kitchen takeover by social enterprise the Social Food Project.
Noisy Ritual will also launch two wines made from the best fruit of last season.