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From cell to cellar: A new lease of life for Pentridge Prison – AGFG

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From cell to cellar: A new lease of life for Pentridge Prison


When Mark ‘Chopper’ Read was incarcerated at Melbourne’s notorious Pentridge Prison, cellaring wine was probably the last thing on his mind.

The Coburg jail was closed in 1997 but several of its historic and significant buildings remain, including D-block – where cells within these bluestone walls are now being sold as luxury wine cellars, complete with racking, temperature control, ambient lighting and CCTV security.

For those discerning wine lovers out there who have everything else, the price tag starts at $115,000 with each cellar able to house up to 2000 bottles, dependent on the type of racking and storage used.

Owned by self-confessed wine enthusiasts Paul Tardivel and Michael Woodworth, Pentridge Cellars is an exclusive development of D-block, transforming it into the new must-have Melbourne accessory and a unique way to store your favourite drop.

Paul says custom finishes and features can be incorporated into each cellar to create a truly personal space.

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