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Primrose & Vine is born!

The former Prince Wine & Spirits store at 80 Primrose St Essendon has been reborn as Primrose & Vine! Steve and Robyn Harris have created a whole new experience in wine, hops and food. A stylish, truly independent wine store with an amazing range of craft beer, and food to compliment this exciting new offering.

  • Welcoming atmosphere
  • Fabulous wines, both imported and Australian
  • Cutting edge craft beer – best selection in the North
  • Cheese, charcuterie and pasta
  • Personal service and advice
  • Huge range of craft gin (all on continuous tasting) with sample bottles
  • Organic, biodynamic, sulphite free and vegan friendly wines

So come in to 80 Primrose St and meet Steve and his lovely wife, Robyn. See you soon.

Steve Harris

Steve’s interest in wine commenced while studying law at Melbourne University in the late 70’s. They were the days of big Barossa shiraz, minty Coonawarra cabernet and buttery chardonnay from just about everywhere!

While pursuing a career as a commercial litigator and playing a lot of cricket and golf, Steve’s passion for wine grew. He watched the cool climate regions of Australia develop and he and Robyn spent many hours at cellar doors while their 3 kids played amongst the vines.

Over the last decade, Steve’s palate has broadened to embrace imported wine; particularly Italian and Spanish. He has observed the entry into the Australian market of fantastic value imported wine with its different and palate broadening experiences. At the same time, the refinement of Australian wine and the development of a wide range of non-French varietals being grown in Australia, has served to develop Steve’s fascination for the diversity of wine now available here.

After 35 years as a lawyer, it was time to turn his passion into a new career. The synergy of Robyn’s signature style with Steve's wine, cocktail and beer focus led to the creation of Primrose & Vine.

Steve's experience in wine has been as an “everyman” wine drinker, and he identifies with what that type of wine consumer seeks. The most exciting part of running the wine store is showing people different flavours and great value at all levels; both imported and Australian. He looks forward to taking the clients of Primrose & Wine on that journey of discovery; while still trying to play some golf!

Robyn Harris

Robyn’s experience as an interior decorator brings a new sense of style to Primrose & Vine.

After working in State politics, then TV Week magazine and being one of the first in the world to use email while at a Canadian management consulting firm, Robyn brought up 3 children while working in retail jewellery.

Robyn’s passion for interiors led to the commencement of a home styling business called “Perfectly Presented”. A retail furniture, homewares and gift shop in Clarendon St South Melbourne followed.

The development of Robyn’s interior decorating and buying service for clients has caused her to focus Perfectly Presented on assisting private clients; while helping Steve in the wine store. She will bring a range of wine and cocktail themed gifts, furnishings and accessories to make Primrose & Vine perfectly presented!