Long before Nomad opened, we bought our 2 big beautiful Botti. Searching out these big guys we were after barrels with a history, a story behind how they came to live at 16 Foster Street Surry Hills.
At our entrance we have two 10,000 litre wine called 'botti' (which is the plural of 'botte' singular).
Botti can be found in wineries all over the world, but they're most often associated with traditional, somewhat old-fashioned Italian wine making, particularly in Piemonte. That said, you'll also see them frequently in Alsace and the Southern Rhone. Historically, almost all botti were made in Slovenia.
New botti are breathtakingly expensive and will be used for decades at least, if not a century. Our botti are over 100 years old - we're not sure exactly how old, but they're certainly geriatric. They were in fact made in Australia from German oak. We bought them from Paul Osicka Wines in Heathcote, who it turn bought them from Seppelts back in 1975.
If you do get the chance, this is such a beautiful part of Australia! Add Beechworth, King Valley and Rutherglen to your "Northern Victoria wine region must go to list" and Myrtleford because it is so so beautiful.