Whether you’re in Sydney or Perth, building a relationship with a smaller, independent retailer is definitely worthwhile, not least because they’ll get to know what you like so they can anticipate your fine wine needs.
Here’s a list of some of our finest independent wine stores.
There’s so many great wine shops to choose from in Sydney, and although it’s tiny, Five Way Cellars in Paddington is one of the true quality fine wine stores. Owner Ian Cook’s carefully selected range showcases the best of wines from around Australia and the world, with a particular emphasis on Italian wines.
Contact: 4 Heely Street, Paddington, NSW, 02 9360 4242
You’re always bound to bump into someone you know at The City Wine Shop, on Melbourne’s tree-lined Spring Street. Inside, the shop’s wall of wine doubles as a beautiful feature piece to look at in wonderment at the possibilities of fine imbibing. Staff are incredibly knowledgeable and quick to assist with your choice. Drink in or take-away.
Contact: 159 Spring Street, Melbourne, VIC, 03 9654 6657
Brisbane is now showing a sophisticated air when it comes to wine, and Craft Wine Store in Red Hill is leading the way. Run by Tony Harper, the store specialises in organic, biodynamic and natural wines. Ask their friendly and knowledgeable staff about their selection of artisan wines, beers and ciders.
Contact: 196 Musgrave Road, Red Hill, QLD, 07 3367 1383
Being located in the middle of wine country hasn’t done Adelaide wine stores any harm. Owned by Michael Andrewtrewartha, East End Cellars has been a staunch favourite for locals for over 15 years, with a wide array of both local and imported wines gracing its shelves. Watch for it moving across the road to new premises in next year.
Contact: 22-26 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide, SA, 08 8232 5300
Sommelier and wine educator Michael Tamburri and his family have been running La Vigna Fine Wine Store for over 20 years, and the store has a wealth of devotees who continue to indulge in their terrific selection of wines from here and abroad. Make sure you check out their underground cellar which hides many vinous secrets.
Contact: 302 Walcott Street, Menora, WA, 08 9271 1179
Located in the heart of the CBD, Cool Wine is the place to go for wine in Hobart. Co-owner Tim Goddard brings over 25 years experience in the wine industry, including time as a qualified wine judge, ensuring their range highlights the best regional and international wines, and a strong emphasis on local Tasmanian wines.
Contact: Shop 8, MidCity Arcade, Criterion Street, Hobart, TAS, 03 6231 4000