BARREL DESIGNS ADDSOMEFUN
DAD AND DAUGHTER TEAM UP
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.