Not only does Wellington have amazing coffee and beer bars, the city is also a hotspot for lots of hip and cosy wine bars. Some of the wine bars in Wellington are among the cutest you’ll ever step foot in.
Just like the city itself, the bars here are full of character and style, with these spots being our top choices for a glass – or two – of vino…
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This award-winning wine bar makes the best use of Wellington’s prime position between two of the country’s great wine regions of Marlborough and Martinborough. An extensive wine list by glass and bottle showcases the best of New Zealand wine.
There’s over 500 wines to choose from, including over 80 wines available by the glass and tasty bites to eat.
Glass is a top spot in the city for the finest natural, organic and biodynamic wines, many imported exclusively from France. Owner Johnathan was inspired by his experience working in natural wine bars in Paris, so French bottles along with the New Zealand wines appear their list. You’re sure to find something unique to sip on here.
One of the best wine bars in Wellington is Le Samourai, a French-style bar and bistro. Just like in France, this cute bar has a delicious menu of cheese, charcuterie and a few traditional French delights. Wines are cleverly organised from ‘light to heavy’ on the list, making it simple to pick something at random you know you’ll love.
Located at the heart of Aro Valley, Garage Project Taproom is a superb local brewery and they’ve recently branched out into making their very own natural wine. They’re wild, a little bit different and a whole lot delicious. Wine lovers need to stop by here ASAP.
Puffin is a beautiful wine bar with a focus on organic and minimal intervention wines. It’s a newcomer on the scene but is already impressing locals with its tasty bar bites and well-sourced wine list. Sip on some of the best wine in the city and dig into small plates, charcuterie and cheese.
Ombra is an Italian bacari (backstreet bar) serving simple rustic Italian fare, local wines and craft beer. The wine list is small but perfect, with a great mix of Italian and New Zealand wines to sample. It’s the perfect place to settle in for the evening and have a real culinary feast.
This charming pasta bar is also a wonderful place for a glass or two of wine. They make their fresh pasta daily and in-house and they source only the best local and Italian ingredients. As for the vino? Headlining organic and natural wine, there’s the best of both European and local grapes.