Australia’s first vineyard was planted on Macquarie Street in the centre of Sydney, over 230 years ago. And it wasn’t long before grapevines were growing across Sydney, from Parramatta, Petersham, St Marys, Gladesville and Glebe to North Sydney, Narrabeen, Camden and Minchinbury, all of which are now sadly history.

The Urban Vineyard Project is bringing grapevines back to their original Australian home – giving away thousands of Pinot Noir and Riesling grapevines around our city and turning the balconies, backyards and windowsills of Sydney into the world’s largest Urban Vineyard.

So join us, plant a vine and maybe, just maybe, in a couple of years you could have your own award winning vineyard…



Pinot Noir is one of those grape varieties that many wine lovers can not get enough of. Perfumed and pretty this thin skinned red makes wines with aromas of wild strawberry and truffle with the best wines also showing some meaty, spicy complexity. Originally hailing from Eastern France, Pinot Noir is also one of the world’s great grape varieties and is used to make Champagne as well as elegant and delicious red wines from Tasmania, Southern Victoria and the deep South of Western Australia.


You either get Riesling or you don’t. For lovers of great Riesling there is nothing better than kicking back with an ice cold, pale coloured, juicy little number from the Clare or Eden Valleys with aromas of lime and white flowers. Originally from Northern Europe, with Alsace in France and Germany the home to many great wines, Riesling has in the last 100 years made a home all around Australia.


Tips for a successful vintage

Urban Vineyard Project Awards – Vigneron Of The Year 2018!

Dear Vigneron,

All of the team at the Urban Vineyard Project hope you and your vine survived the crazy weather this weekend. Now we are getting late in the season your grapevine leaves will start to brown which is perfectly natural. Your vine is now shutting down for the cooler weather before it comes back to life in Spring.

We are writing to announce the winner of our inaugural Urban Vigneron of the Year competition. Congratulations to Niamh R, our winner of the $50 Cracka Wines voucher. Here is a picture of the winning vine.

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Thanks for all your entries – even of the vines that didn’t quite make it.

If you have any questions or photos to share please send us an email or post on our Facebook or Instagram pages.


The Urban Vineyard Project


The vine growing season is now finished as vines are shutting down for Winter all around the country.

We will be back for Spring - sign up to our newsletter and we'll be in touch then!

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Received a vine? Register it and we’ll add your vine to our interactive Urban Vineyard map.

We’ll also send you tips & tricks for a successful vintage.

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