As you try to decide whether to open your grand cru burgundy or your best Barossa you sneak a glance at your neighbour’s collection – and spot a rare bordeaux.
Opting to go French for tonight, you step into the lift and head for your neighbour’s apartment – with the perfect invitation in hand to spend an evening together in Brisbane’s most exclusive residential wine cellar – Winebanc.
Winebanc is the trademark of Toowong’s newest luxury riverfront apartment community – Banc – home to just 33 prestige sky homes, spanning up to 231sqm with panoramic city, hinterland and river views.
More than just a repository and tasting room, Winebanc is one of the only private cellars attached to an apartment building in Brisbane, and is a space for residents and friends to collaborate, mingle and create lasting friendships.
The Winebanc will provide perfectly controlled individual storage for residents’ private collections. Each apartment will have exclusive access to their own 195 bottle Liebherr climate controlled lockable wine storage fridge which will be located in a stunning, purpose built room.
Banc developer John Li says the Winebanc incorporates a luxury tasting room area, which will become a convivial place to sample a glass of the best with friends and neighbours.
“The Winebanc is being designed to foster a sense of community,” he said.
“It will serve as a retreat for many of our residents – a place where they can go to unwind and connect with their neighbours and friends.
“It’s a lifestyle amenity that appeals to the kinds of buyers that are gravitating towards Banc – they can envisage themselves living in a place with a cellar. Imagine slipping down to the Winebanc to grab a bottle and returning two hours later after sampling and comparing vintages with your neighbour.
“Whether they’re a collector of fine wines or simply enjoy indulging in a beautiful Barossa shiraz on a Friday evening, it’s about building a community – fostering camaraderie between like-minded residents who share a love of wine.”
Traditionally, cellars were dug deep into the ground like the historic wine caves in Europe or are buried in the basement of more modern homes, but Mr Li says he sees Winebanc as a central feature of the boutique building.
“A wine cellar is an increasingly popular feature in high-end properties, but virtually unheard of in apartment buildings, particularly in Australia,” he said.
“Some of the most lavish new buildings in New York have embraced the trend of private wine cellars and we are incorporating the best of the luxury design trends that are emerging in the major cosmopolitan cities into Banc’s design.”
Mr Li says the final design of the wine cellar is still being refined.
“Through discussions with buyers we are getting a real feel for what they are looking for and we intend to deliver a modern design, with premium finishes and ambient lighting to give it a really warm and comfortable feeling, making it a place where residents will want to spend time.”
Banc has been designed by multi-award-winning WMK Architecture, project architect for Sydney’s iconic Barangaroo Headland Park Cultural Space, with interior design by fellow Barangaroo consultants SJB.
Mr Li says the 15-level building has it all for affluent couples who enjoy entertaining at home in style.
“The Wine Banc is a great way to enjoy pre-dinner drinks before heading back to the apartment to soak up some fresh air on the three-metre deep verandahs,” he said.
“The apartments feature cutting edge interiors together with premium finishes and fittings including Gaggenau appliances, timber ceilings and natural stone floors and benchtops, along with an integrated Liebherr wine fridge on the verandah.
“The suite of lifestyle facilities have been designed to deliver a 5-star hotel experience at home including an infinity-edge podium pool and accompanying barbeque terrace set amid lush sub-tropical gardens and cascading stair water features.”
Banc is located at 527 Coronation Drive, Toowong with prices for three bedroom River Homes starting from $1.39 million, ranging up to $2.9 million for three bed Sky Homes.