There’s something both decadent and comforting about spending a quiet night or afternoon break amidst the daily rush, sipping on a glass of fine wine. Couple that with views of the city in some of the most elegant bars and restaurants, and you are close to reaching mecca.
Sydney is home to some of the best sommeliers and wine lists in Australia. The wine and accompanied service is first-class and makes discovering the perfect drop in this Harbourside city that much more pleasant. The choice of beautiful bars in this thriving metropolis is an added bonus, allowing you to sip and savour every drop while being treated to the best bartenders and cocktail masters in the world.
Here are the best wine lists in Sydney to discover on your next visit to the city.
252 George Street, Sydney
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As the 2018 Best Wine List NSW winner, it’s obvious why fine dining venue est. made the top of the list. The heritage-listed restaurant and bar delivers contemporary Australian cuisine via a seasonally-driven menu. But what really makes this establishment stand out is its extensive wine list.
Sommeliers David Wood and Frank Moreau have curated a diverse range of wines and spirits culminating in a total of 1140 wines available, 45 by the glass. The wine list, like the menu, is seasonal and regularly updated to reflect the best of each change of season. The list features 26 sub-lists broken down by the drop, region, and blend of wine. The champagne list is arranged via village of origin and features homegrown vintage sparkling and champagnes, along with the finest drops from France, Spain and New Zealand. Est. has a great selection of lesser-known varieties and wines from less prominent wine-producing countries for a truly universal selection.
65 Ocean Street, Woollahra
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Renowned restaurateur Matt Moran is no stranger to providing the finest in dining experiences. His Woollahra restaurant, Chiswick, not only boasts a flair for modern Australian dining, but it also took the prize of Best Small List under 100 wines in 2018’s Wine List of the Year Awards.
Chiswick’s wine list is well-rounded, featuring wines by the glass and bottle, as well as a fresh and creative list of cocktails. Wines on offer include a range of local and international whites, reds, and a rose list, alongside a list of sweet and fortified wines. The wine list changes with the season, allowing for the discovery of different tastes for the palette throughout the year. Chiswick likes to support bespoke producers who show passion, care, and skill toward their craft. Because of this, you are guaranteed only the finest drops, unique to the venue and its seasonal menu.
32 Market Street, Sydney
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In the heart of Sydney’s CBD, the warm and inviting establishment of deVine is a haven for all things wine. The venue, tucked away in its own private oasis within the city, offers a huge wine list of 400 wines alongside a rotating list of beers and specialty cocktails. If you are a lover of drier white wines, choose a glass of Prosecco Brut from Veneto, Italy. For something fruity, you will savour every drop of the Pinot Grigio from Sicily. The list of reds is substantial, with vibrant cab sav’s and the cult-status Barossa Shiraz, straight from the Barossa Valley, SA.
You will be impressed by the far and wide regions that deVine’s wine list represents; with Italy, France, and our New Zealand neighbours making an impression in the form of expertly curated and flavoursome wines. Stay for a drink, or indulge in a glass that’s been expertly matched with the Italian-inspired menu.
91 Crown Lane, Darlinghurst
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Sommelier Gabby Webster asks patrons of Love, Tilly Devine to have an open mind when navigating the pages of its renowned wine list. The establishment is no stranger to pushing boundaries, with its name deriving from both a brothel and a 1920s militia boss . But it’s the wine list that fosters the most intrigue, with Love, Tilly Devine paying ode to the old world with a selection of around 300 wines, all of which have been given preference for their lower alcohol and oak content.
Here, wines are celebrated for their freshness and not their richness. Love, Tilly Devine is passionate about the ‘Lo-Fi Movement’, a minimalist interventionist approach toward a more sustainable growth, harvest, and production of wine. All wines on the wine list are of Australian origin with just a handful of International drops, and all are chosen with a careful preference for growers who use as little artifice in the wine-making process as possible.