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Saturday, October 22, 2011
The Mitchell Harris Winery (-to-be) ...a sneak peek!
The great old facade of our new Mitchell Harris home.
This month we've made some terrific new leaps ahead in the Mitchell Harris adventure. One of the most exciting is the purchase of a new headquarters for Mitchell Harris Wines. Hopefully over the next few months to a year we'll see the advent of a new urban Cellar Door, and a warehouse and cellar for our goods, and potentially even start doing some of our smaller batch winemaking right here in the middle of Ballarat!
The old ledger book circa 1896
We've been lucky enough to find a terrific old shop and warehouse that started life as a stables / livery in the 1890s, and became what was probably one of Ballarat's first motor garages around the time of WW1. It spent the next few decades as a canvas / tent-maker's workshop, and since the mid-70s has been an electrical motor workshop.
Heaps of great old Victorian details (in need of some love...)
Our new home is right in the middle of Ballarat's CBD.
A panorama view of Ballarat from the back balcony.
Tons of character, tons of history and tons of space. Just what we need...
The cluttered but characterful front-of-house, hopefully soon-to-be our Cellar Door.
Johnno's new world in the old bluestone stables / garage / workshop (WINERY!!)
Over the next few months we'll post more pics and let you know as soon as you pop in for a glass or two!