Austin’s getting another urban winery when the Infinite Monkey Theorem transforms a 6,000 square foot space on South Congress Avenue into a tasting room, event space and production facility next year.
The Denver-based winery is opening a second location here, CEO and winery founder Ben Parsons said in a press release, because “our no-pretense, no-vineyard approach bringing wines to the masses will appeal to the counter-culture of this city.”
Although production at the Austin site won’t kick off until next year’s harvest season, a Texas Cinsault (a red wine grape with a high heat tolerance) is in the works in Denver and will debut in the Austin tasting room once it opens in the spring, along with all the other wines and ciders that the Infinite Monkey Theorem currently makes, including Colorado-grown and produced Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. Some of these wines have come in cans or on draft, rather than the usual bottles.
Like the city’s other urban winery, the Austin Winery, the Infinite Monkey Theorem doesn’t own a vineyard or grow any of its own grapes; instead, it sources them from other wineries and ferments them onsite. “When we started the winery, we decided to focus on the variables that really mattered: using the best grapes, harvesting them at their peak, nurturing each batch of juice as it became our wine, and getting to know the people who drink it. We also decided to get rid of the variables that don’t matter: the vineyard location, the rolling hills, and the tasting room covered in granite and marble,” the Infinite Monkey Theorem website reads.
The Texas Cinsault will launch during the Austin Food and Wine Festival from April 25 to 27 next year, with the Wine Lab, as Parsons calls the tasting room, opening on a weekly basis in May. And come harvest, the winery hopes to have Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Grenache and other varietals from grape growers in Lubbock and the Hill Country.
The Austin location is at South Congress and Pickle, just across the street from St. Edward’s University. For more information, visit theinfinitemonkeytheorem.com.