Cake Wines has announced it will be closing its Redfern cellar door after occupying the Eveleigh Street space for the past four years. Co-founder Glen Cassidy says Sydney’s first cellar door has outgrown the venue.
“We’re at the end of our first-term lease and felt this was the time to move on and pursue other opportunities for Cake Wines around the country and world,” Cassidy said in a statement.
Before it opened a permanent cellar door, Cake Wines was known for throwing parties around the city and collaborating with contemporary artists to design its bottles. The Redfern space underwent a renovation in mid-2018, with a new kitchen added so the cellar door could serve food to complement its wine range, which has been made in the Adelaide Hills by winemaker Sarah Burvill since 2011.
“Running a venue in Sydney is particularly challenging at the moment, that’s no secret,” Cassidy told Broadsheet in 2018. “But we’ve tried to create a place that has an even balance of a few things: food, wine, music, culture in all its forms. It’s the way we love to drink and enjoy wine, so there’s always something new happening.”
Cassidy says the wine company plans to continue throwing music, food and wine parties in “laneways, rooftops, basketball courts, the odd shitty loading dock”.
It’ll be finishing on a high note, with a couple of Vivid events and a yet-to-be-announced grand finale.
Cake Wines closes its cellar door on June 15.