Lucy Byrnes and James Whineray are completing the finishing touches on North Fremantle’s newest specialty wine shop, Left Field. Due to open in early July, the venue will be the country’s first natural wine store to only profile Australian producers.
Over the last century, the Left Field site has been used as a home, commercial space and retail outlet. Reflecting its owners’ design backgrounds, the space has been gutted and now sports a clean and minimal fit-out that draws attention to industrial steel shelving and a coolroom that will hold the store’s primary stock-in-trade: the wines.
Left Field’s inventory will celebrate the growing number of small-scale producers favouring minimal-intervention, organic winemaking.
Although Byrnes and Whineray appreciate traditional wines, they say the project is an opportunity to share their passion for lesser-seen grape varieties, traditional winemaking techniques and other hallmarks of “natural winemaking”.
“There’s a lot of Australian producers doing exciting things: we’ve got limited space and we wanted to showcase that,” says Byrnes. “Natural wine is just what excites us.”
“It’s a small community,” says Whineray. “We’ve been travelling around meeting a few of the producers.They’re also pretty thrilled that we’re here, to have a platform for their product.”
The couple aims to use Left Field as a community hub for natural wine enthusiasts and will hold regular tastings, as well as functions and long-table dinners in the spacious underground cellar.
In addition to wine, Left Field will offer a range of Australian craft beer and general provisions such as bread, milk, butter and newspapers.
“We want it to be more than just a place where you come buy a bottle of booze,” says Byrnes.
The store will sell wine nationally via an online store.
Left Field Wine Store opens in early July.
Left Field Wine Store
28 Thompson Road, North Fremantle