Posted: 29 Jan 2015

5 of Melbourne’s best wine shops

If you can’t make it to regional Victoria to taste wine at a cellar door, the next best stop is a well-stocked wine shop.

And when your local bottlo let’s you drink your favourite tipple right there at a table or comfy couch for a small corkage fee, the wine shop experience takes on a whole new level. Wine shop quaffing can also be a more affordable option compared to restaurant wine lists.

These are Wendy’s favourite wine shops in Melbourne.

1. City Wine Shop

159 Spring St, Melbourne, 9654 6657

The original and the best. City Wine Shop sells rare European and Australian bottles for drinking in or taking away, but the best place to imbibe is sitting at the people-watching tables on the front patio, looking across Spring St to State Parliament. Order a plate of Ian Curley’s pasta from the adjoining European, and your day is complete.

2. Persillade

150 Wellington Pde, East Melbourne, 9078 4056

For a more esoteric collection of wines (and some seriously good food for breakfast, lunch and dinner), Persillade is a lovely spot to explore new varieties without breaking the bank. Take home a bottle, or try one in the stylish dining area (plus $10 corkage). They also serve affordable wines by the glass. This weeks summery chicken/choux dumplings/cherry dish is worth the trip on its own.

3. Milton Wine Shop

1427 Malvern Rd, Malvern, 9824 5337

Opening quietly in a Malvern terrace house in mid-2014, Milton is a treasure trove of wines from Australia and Europe. Prices are clearly marked, but if you choose to pop a bottle at the venue, all you need to do is add $15. Grab a seat in the courtyard, choose a wine by the glass, order a cheese plate and kick back. They even make waffles to order.

4. Harry and Frankie

317 Bay St, Port Melbourne, 9645 4414

More than 600 bottles are on offer to drink in or take away, with a focus on small, family-owned wine producers both in Australia and overseas. The $15 corkage is a flat rate for all bottles, regardless of the retail price or number of glasses. And if you choose to stay for a vino, the wine-friendly menu from The European’s ex-sous chef Cameron McKenzie includes house-made charcuterie, farmhouse cheeses, freshly-shucked oysters and “Grand Cru” toasties. They also have three beer taps and two wines on tap.

5. Bellota Wine Bar

181 Bank St, South Melbourne,  9078 8381

Vintage wines at retail prices ($15 corkage, with no charge for bottles over $80) are just the start. The big wooden bar is a gorgeous place to sit with a plate of freshly-shucked oysters or a chunky roasted pork cutlet.

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