Coming Soon: Punchin’ Bottles

A bottle shop from leading Victorian wine thinkers (and drinkers)

On Wednesday, 15 January, celebrated Victorian wine guys Christian McCabe (Embla, Lesa) and Patrick Sullivan (Patrick Sullivan Wines) will open Punchin’ Bottles at 124 Russell Street.


“We’ll have similar things to what we like at Embla, but with more of a focus on Victorian producers. It’s pretty hard to get Victorian wines outside of Victoria, so it’ll be great to create a space for producers in the city to shine a light on what they’re doing,” says McCabe.


The CBD bottle shop will stock a curated, ever-changing selection of small batch wines from local Victorian producers and European-leaning pours sourced through importers such as CellarHand, Andrew Guard and Giorgio de Maria. Patrons can anticipate thought-provoking wines with requisite attention paid to provenance and organic, sustainable farming practices.


Whether grabbing one for the road or local BYO, expect the personable, informed advice on expert alcohol consumption that Melbourne has come to associate with a McCabe operation.


The team will host weekly in-house tastings with Victorian vignerons and international industry friends, kicking off with Gareth Belton showing new releases from Gentle Folk Wines on Wednesday, 22 January from 5pm–9pm, followed by Campbell Burton of the eponymous distributor on Friday, 24 January and Saturday, 25 January from 5pm–9pm.


Details of the regularly changing program and other wine wisdom will be shared via the Punchin’ Bottles newsletter; those keen to stay tuned are encouraged to sign up.


Punchin’ Bottles

124 Russell Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

+61 421 427 587

Opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 12pm–10pm

Website: www.pbwineshop.com.au

Instagram: @punchin_bottles


Image credit: Elika Rowell