Tantalus Estate was founded in 2013 on twenty acres of established vineyard on Waiheke Island. Since that date, the venue was closed to the public while they undertook an extensive renovation of the winery building.  James Russ Lighting and Cheshire Architects’ Emily Priest collaborated to create a wonderland of lighting using organic materials from the vineyard. Two shipments of dried grapevines arrived in trucks to James Russ, which were hand soaked in an acrylic sealant, hung to dry and configured into 28 forms. Warmth and intimacy were produced with LEDs placed at the vines’ tips. A mix of organic materials, brass elements and hand-blown glass spheres resulted in a whimsical, detailed finish. James Russ was also tasked with creating the winery’s beer taps and towers– hand carved with an angle grinder. Tantalus has since opened its fantastic Estate, located at 70-72 Onetangi Rd, Waiheke Island, Auckland. To contact James Lighting visit or phone 09 489 2539