Melbourne’s best wine stores
Question from Bruce: Can you suggest some great independent wine stores in Melbourne that I can try this holiday season. I usually go to Dan Murphy’s for convenience but I’d prefer to support local businesses.
In a nut shell: YES! There are so many great independent wine stores in Melbourne that stock fabulous boutique drops from Australia and abroad. I’m sorry if I’ve left off your favourite wine store and if I have please comment below and share them as I’m always keen to support the new kids on the block! The following are my personal haunts which are mostly influenced by where I hang out – I swing by them on my way home from work or on my way to friend’s houses, dinners and/or parties. Tell me your favourites!
In a clam shell:
My all-time favourite is…
Prince Wine Store, 177 Bank Street, South Melbourne
This is where I completed my wine studies so I have spent a lot of time here! Price Wine Store offers an eclectic mix of Australian and international wines at all price points, with super knowledgeable staff on hand. They also host free themed wine tastings every Saturday – ranging from South Australia Rieslings to Medoc Cabernet Sauvignons. Another great selling point is their mixed dozens which are also themed depending on the time of year. One of my particular favourites is the July mixed dozen which follows the Tour de France. If you’re not already sold they have a fabulous European restaurant/bar next door (Bellota) where you can drink your chosen bottle from the wine store while eating dinner or just nibbling on a cheese plate.
My runners up (by a very short strand of hair)…
City Wine Store, 159 Spring Street, Melbourne
It’s around a decade old but the staff have not weathered – so very helpful if you’re not familiar with their range (or wine for that matter)! Go in, tell them what you’re cooking and your budget and they’ll select the perfect drop for you (but you’re probably not going to get anything under the $30 mark). The City Wine Store is owned by the same team that bought us the European, the Supper Club and Siglo and like Prince Wine Store you can select your wine from the bottle shop and eat in (or take-away).
Harry and Frankie, 317 Bay St, Port Melbourne
This place is bloomin’ awesome! The owners work on the floor and are super friendly and know their stuff. Harry and Frankie celebrates family owned producers from local and abroad with over 600 bottles to drink in or take-away. Might I suggest drinking in because they make a delicious antipasto/cheese/charcuterie plate! They also have two wines on tap – yes that is right! Wines straight from the barrel to your glass, cheap too!
McCoppins, 292 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill
An independently owned grocery where you can grab the milk and bread (Phillipa’s darling) and a delish drop on your way home from work. The wine collection isn’t huge but it’s from local vineyards (with a few internationals thrown in the mix) at very affordable prices. The best bit – it’s a one stop shop where your can get dinner and drinks!
Clever Polly’s, 313 Victoria Street, West Melbourne
Love this place. It’s small but very selective –most of the wines are natural, free of additives and preservatives and made with minimal intervention. You can drink in or take-away.
Wine Republic, 265 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
A new boutique wine store carrying a huge range of independent wines, beers and ciders with over 1,500 vino varieties.
Armadale Cellars, 813-817 High Street, Armadale
This gem has been around for almost 20 years and boasts artisan vinos from boutique producers. It’s always a bit of a treasure hunt when you enter Armadale Cellars as there are hidden gems around every corner.
Rathdowne Cellars, 348 Rathdowne Street, North Carlton
Plenty of Aussie drops with a few European and Spain vinos in the mix. It’s a bit of a local institution with super helpful staff.
Cloudwine Cellars, 317 Clarendon St, South Melbourne
A great little wine store set up by region with a huge sparkling selection.
Seddon Wine Store, 2/101 Victoria Street, Seddon
This little enoteca has a great range of wines from home and abroad which can be drunk in store with nibbles or taken-away
Decanters By the Bay, 174 Nott St, Port Melbourne
A locally run business with friendly and approachable staff who will help you cater your Christmas lunch wine menu!