Wine Tubes. That’s what Newtown’s P&V Wine + Liquor Merchants is calling its resealable, returnable bottles. Punters can use them to take home the bottle shop’s new range of natural wines it’s now pouring on tap.
“It’s the latest sensation from the mystical folks at P&V Wine + Liquor Merchants,” one of the store’s co-owners, Mike Bennie, tells Broadsheet.
The wine is blended for the shop and delivered in kegs, which are sold for $25 for your first visit and then $20 each time you bring back your used bottle. “Currently we have an orange wine blended by Cotier from Mornington Peninsula [in Victoria] and a skins-y, textural white from Mac Forbes from Victoria,” he says.
The 750-millilitre swing-top wine tubes are part of the bottle shop’s ongoing push for sustainability.
"In and amongst the production of alcohols, despite best practices at times, there is also a lot of waste, water and resources particularly," says Bennie. "The incremental efforts by businesses to look to their own versions of sustainability, or supporting better activities in their communities, is paramount to us. Our reusable wine tubes are another positive step in working towards our own efforts in maintaining a balanced environment locally and more broadly, and for helping better our community for future generations."