Having recently returned from London to my home city of Brisbane, I felt a bit out of touch with where to find a good glass of wine. However, a quick search proved the vast array of wine bars on offer in the river city. Many of which have won awards for their wine lists and fine dining. On top of that many offer tastings, classes and wine events where you can learn more about your favourite drops. I've narrowed down my favourites and I'm looking forward to testing out each of these amazing places.
1889 Enoteca - Woolloongabba
This restaurant, wine bar and wine store has a reputation as one of Brisbane's favourite restaurants. With a roman influence, its emphasis is on showcasing unique artisan producers, with a focus particularly on natural wine. They provide wine lists every month and host tastings and private events.
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Cru bar and cellar - Fortitude Valley
Award winning wine bar, cellar and restaurant. It has won awards for its wine lists and combines this with stylish surrounds and world class food.
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Grape Therapy (City & Fortitude Valley, 2 locations)
Wine bar and bottle shop that also offers wine tastings and wine pairing classes in intimate, classy surroundings. There is a wine library and an extensive wine list to work your way through. They also offer cheese and charcuterie boards to accompany your wine of choice.
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Claret House - Teneriffe
A local favourite for its wine and tapas. Every wine on offer is carefully selected and tested beforehand. They also hold wine tasting events paired with seasonal offerings.
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ARIA - Eagle St Pier
Award winning restaurant offering modern Australian produce. Its extensive and most awarded wine list's in Australia showcases many of Australia's great wineries.
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Malt Dining - CBD
This rustic, charming, 3 level restaurant offers award winning food and a wine list to match. It also offers beverage appreciation evenings and courses.
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Bacchus - South Bank
Award winning restaurant and bar that offers modern Australian cuisine in beautiful surroundings. Its degustation menus have the option to be upgraded to include wines matched by head Sommelier Andrew Giblin.
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Gerards Bar - Fortitude Valley
Underground tapas and wine bar with an old fashioned feel. The drinks compliment the artisan meats and house made salumi.
Photo Credit: http://gerardsbar.com.au/gallery/