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February 2016

Egg heads for wineries

THE old adage is that form follows function. If this holds true then the wine produced in the giant egg-shaped ceramic containers produced by Phil Sedgeman of Byron Bay will be remarkable. Mr Sedgeman, a master craftsman, is producing the unique vessels for a group of independent wine makers known as the Natural Selection. The eggs are modelled after the ancient wine fermentation containers known as qvevri, used by Georgian winemakers almost 8,000 years ago and still used today. The qvevris carry 675 litres of wine and they are the largest slip-cast containers he has ever made. They are often [...]

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