While there is a certain charm to sipping vino in cosy cellar doors across the country side, there’s also a distinct allure to a really good wine bar; one where the staff know what they’re on about and you can sample everything from a boutique local creation to something wonderfully obscure from distant shores.
Adelaide has perfected this allure in various little venues right across the city and we’ve made it our job to tell you about them. Allow us to present our definitive list of all the wines bars you should visit while you’re in town.
First off the rank is Clever Little Tailor, one of the city’s favourite watering holes. It’s a small bar with a big atmosphere, ripe for friendly Friday nights and notorious for cultivating hangovers. The staff are excellent, the duck rillettes are delicious and thanks to the fact the wine list changes regularly, there’s really nothing stopping you from returning again and again.
The Henry Austin, a recent takeover of the much loved Chesser Cellars, is a restaurant, bar and bottle shop quickly winning a growing list of admirers. Owner Max Mason describes his wine selection as “nothing but artisanal, interesting and brave” so expect to find a varied selection from independent local producers. Pick something to have at the bar, alongside dinner or to take home for your next dinner party.
With its outdoor laneway seating, focus on boutique Australian wines and (let’s be honest) very catchy name, Mother Vine has a lot going for it. If you want to branch out from the great range of local finds the menu’s never short of a Chablis or two, which we highly recommend.
Cantina Sociale is a destination for wine lovers and novices alike, offering an interesting selection of vino poured straight from the barrel and handy tasting guides which come complete with phonetic spellings for all those tricky varieties. Cheers to never mispronouncing Montepulciano again. Set up camp around one of the wine barrel tables, order a cheese platter and prepare for your education.
La Buvette Drinkery on Gresham Street serves up a little slice of Paris to its patrons, both in its carefully curated charcuterie plates and selection of wines from its owner’s home country. The focus here is on natural wines, so expect tipples with a little cloud and sediment but – gloriously – less hangover inducing qualities. You just might have to go every day.
Just around the corner you’ll find Udaberri, a fine establishment which has been modelled after the famous Pintxos bars that line the streets in San Sebastian. For the uninitiated, this means utterly delicious tapas and wine at surprisingly wallet-friendly prices. Thanks to the venue’s inspiration there’s a strong focus on Spanish wines but you’ll also find a well chosen selection of local varieties.
Two Sisters Food and Wine is like your comfiest pair of shoes: relaxed and always a pleasure to slip into. With a small but thoughtful wine list and a love of chilled live music, this place is calling out to be frequented on lazy Sunday afternoons.
2KW boasts a rooftop loggia bar with a staggering 37-page wine list. It’s the kind of place where you just know the owners have spent one too many nights with winemakers, trying samples from the barrels and cracking open ancient dust-covered bottles from deep, dark cellars. How do we know this? The fact that they sell wines made by local producers exclusively for the venue is a pretty big giveaway.
Proof Wine Bar is a lesson in luxe with its stained-glass windows, gold ceilings and a wine list as long as your arm. Despite the rather opulent surroundings, this place is incredibly inviting and serves some of the best casual eats in town. Try the Gruyere-laden French Onion toastie when you go and savour it alongside a crisp Vermentino for a slice of pairing perfection.
We kickstart #February with our first #meetthewinemaker in-house tasting by the exceptional #Hermanuspietersfontein team. Join winemaker Wilhelm Pienaar as he pours the delicious No.7 Sauvignon Blanc Kaaalvoet Meisie 2015 and other treats while engaging in informative Q&A from 17:30 - 19:30! Wednesday 1 February at Proof Bar! Hermanuspietersfontein Nr.7 – Kaalvoet Meisie Varieties Sauvignon blanc, with a potentially small percentage of Semillon and Nouvelle. Tasting notes Alcohol ± 13.0% Vol Appearance - Bright, clear, live green tinge. Aroma - Granny Smith apple, white blossom, fynbos, spice. Palate - Crisp freshness, European minerality, concentrated. Vineyard Altitude - 262-300m. Soil - Sandy loan on clay; weathered sandstone with high organic content. Yield - 8 tons per hectare (55hl/ha). Vinification Maceration - Partial skin contact. Fermentation - temp Sauvignon blanc 13°C Malolactic - fermentation None Maturation Fermented and matured in stainless steel tanks for 9 months and monthly lees stirring. In bottle - pre-release 6 months Ageing potential - 5 years and longer #sauvignonblanc #winebar #wine #wednesday #winemakers #helderberg #hermanuslife @hpf_skapie