This specialty wine shop and bar is the first venture outside of Melbourne for Mark Hopkinson, Lyndon Kubis and Renton Carlyle-Taylor (who own a string of wine bars in the Southern capital).
Boasting an extensive selection of local and international wines, patrons can sip top-drops from French champagnes and cheeky chardonnays to spicy shirazes and everything in between. Available by the glass or bottle, the cellar shelves are lined from floor to ceiling with white, rose, orange and red wines from around the world.
Sophisticated snacks on hand range from olives and smoked almonds to cheese and charcuterie boards.
For non-wine drinkers, there’s a small selection of tinned, craft beer like Mountain Goat, Green Beacon and Fortitude Brewing, as well as ciders and premium spirits (with a focus on Australian artisan distillers).
Need to know – Inspired by Parisian caves à manger (wine shops doing double duty as cafes), the Valley Wine Bar will begin opening in the am for coffee and pastries in the near future.
*Opening hours correct at time of visiting in September 2017.
By Deb Lidster