Quirky urban winery plans massive expansion to East Austin
After outgrowing its original location off South Congress Avenue, the Infinite Monkey Theorem plans to move its winery and tasting room to a much larger facility in East Austin early this year. The new space will allow the urban winery to produce up to 10,000 more cases of bottled wines per year — including all of those made with 100 percent Texas-grown grapes.
The Infinite Monkey Theorem opened in 2015 as the Texas outpost of a Denver-based winery that made its mark sourcing grapes from outside vineyards and turning them into wine at an urban facility. Now, a tasting room in Dallas is in the works as well.
More than double the size of the winery's current spot in South Austin, the 11,000 sq. ft. warehouse at 702 Shady Ln. gives the Infinite Monkey Theorem team room to produce additional varietals in both cans and bottles, according to a news release. You can count on the space to maintain the same eclectic aesthetic that both the Denver and South Austin tasting rooms have.
But something that's a little different about the new location is its open floor plan, offering tasting room visitors full views of what's happening behind the scenes in the winery side of the business. Co-owner Aaron Berman, who moved from Colorado with his wife, Meredith, a few years ago to open Infinite Monkey Theorem's Austin hub, said in the release that it's a big perk of the winery's "new home."
"Beyond the increase in space for production, we’ll open for tours and tastings, with the open floor plan allowing guests to settle in and hang while seeing the process in action,” he said in the release.
The Infinite Monkey Theorem was the first business to open on a small side street off South Congress Avenue in late 2015. Now, Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden is across the parking lot next to food trucks like LeRoy & Lewis, and the Crux Climbing Center — a rock climbing and bouldering gym — sits next door. Similarly, the urban winery hopes to become a draw around its new neck of the woods.
"In the near future, we are hopeful that our outdoor space and connectivity to neighboring businesses will allow Shady Lane to act as a hub for the community,” Berman said in the news release.
The large warehouse on Shady Lane where the Infinite Monkey Theorem is moving into is the former site of the artist complex Pump Project, which is relocating to Southeast Austin. The property owner of the East Austin warehouse had listed the building for sale in November 2017.
A big reason for the Infinite Monkey Theorem's expansion is its focus on Texas wines. Featuring grapes sourced entirely from the Texas High Plains, the wines — which include varietals, such as viognier and tempranillo, that thrive in our state's hot climate — have gained increased critical attention. The 2016 Merlot, for instance, nabbed a score of 87 from Wine Spectator this fall.
There isn't a firm date on the urban winery's opening date on the east side yet, but the tasting room of the South Austin location is set to close at the end of the month, according to the news release.
For more information, visit theinfinitemonkeytheorem.com.