Vagabond Urban Winery


Whilst Gav believes that experimentation is integral to successful winemaking, he admits that he is a very low tech winemaker and generally tries to keep it simple. Good fruit, gentle handling, ambient yeast and older oak describes 80% of his wines now.

Most problems can be solved with hand picking and sorting prior to processing or oxygen management and temperature control afterwards. At larger wineries risk management tends to dictate technique while at smaller wineries the winemaker tastes every batch every day, so it’s easier to push the limits.
— Gav Monery

A mixture of oak and stainless steel vessels are in use and plans are being put into place to produce a traditional method sparkling. Natural sparkling Pet-Nat’s are a key feature, as is skin contact with the aromatic varieties such as Bacchus and Ortega.