Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Janita Singh wines­tains­

INSPIRED by their love of good wine and great de­sign, fa­ther and daugh­ter team Kristal and Peter Ruchs craft home­wares from old aged wine bar­rels.

Their busi­ness, Wines­tains Barossa, pro­duces a range of cheese and serv­ing boards and plates, fruit bowls, recipe stands, serv­ing trays, wine racks/bas­kets, lazy su­sans and even pic­nic stakes.

The South Aus­tralian ven­ture started as a hobby but turned into a thriv­ing busi­ness and the cus­tomer re­sponse has been great, Kristal says.

Prod­ucts are sold through Etsy, the online mar­ket­place for hand­made/vintage goods, which also pro­motes small busi­nesses.

Peter has a wine in­dus­try back­ground and Kristal is into graphic de­signs and both love the idea of giv­ing old wine bar­rels another lease of life. “We saw the waste in the wine in­dus­try and thought we would put it to use,” she says.

“We use ev­ery­thing from the wine bar­rel ... the oak, steel, screws, dowel, even saw dust is used in our home com­post.”

Kristal says cus­tomers love the unique­ness and time spent on each prod­uct.

“It is a great thing that we could make 10 cir­cu­lar cheese boards and all would be dif­fer­ent. Cus­tomers ap­pre­ci­ate the qual­ity, grain and tex­ture ... they love pick­ing up prod­ucts and smelling them (soak­ing up that wine smell),” she says.

“That’s the beauty of work­ing with aged oak wine bar­rels, the bar­rels are unique in their own right, which gets trans­lated into our de­signs,” Kristal adds.

Cheers to good de­sign ... fa­ther and daugh­ter team Kristal and Peter Ruchs pro­duce pic­nic stakes, cheese plat­ters/boards, wine stands/bas­kets, recipe stands and more us­ing old aged wine bar­rels.

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