The ultimate list of wine bars in Charlotte, from south Charlotte to University City

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On a warm spring day, it’s tempting to sit on a patio with a glass of wine and let the post-work-day peace wash over you. Whether you prefer a garden-vibe (cheers to you, Dilworth Tasting Room) or a casual nook (Bulldog Beer & Wine never fails), there’s a wine spot for you in Charlotte.

Here’s the ultimate list:

Dilworth Tasting Room

300 E. Tremont Ave.

Sommelier Jaffer Kovic opened this European-influenced space to give Dilworth a new neighborhood wine bar and café. It’s bright, with street-facing windows, and it carries a relaxed ambiance with red couches, clusters of tables and a long, sleek bar. The menu boasts more elusive wines for new-taste seekers, hand-crafted cocktails and a selection of beers, as well as beautiful cheese and charcuterie boards, snack caddies, flatbreads and more.

Don’t overlook: The wall of retail wines inside, or the jungle-like back patio outside.

Foxcroft Wine Co.

7824 Fairview Road and 1235 East Blvd., Suite I

This homegrown gathering place has been a Charlotte staple for years, ever since musician-turned-entrepreneur Conrad Hunter opened his first location in Foxcroft in 2004. Take a seat inside (or under the twinkling patio lights outside) and sip on wines from every major wine-producing region by the bottle or by the glass. Local craft beers are available as well as retail bottles of wine.

Don’t overlook: The list of small-plate menu items from lamb sliders to caramelized Brussels sprouts — in case drinks turn into dinner.

Foxcroft Wine Co. Photo by CharlotteFive

Corkbuzz

4905 Ashley Park Ln.

Master sommelier Laura Maniec brought this wine gem to Charlotte to supply both classical and unusual selections by the glass, by the bottle, and via retail. The food menu is intended to pair well with the wines — items include seasonal tart and beef carpaccio, for sharing. Beer and cocktails are also flowing. The adjacent Cellar at Corkbuzz actually has the best seats in the house — all the same offerings as the main dining room, in a more casual atmosphere.

Don’t overlook: The wine class offerings. Topics range from Value vs. Splurge to In-Depth Pinot Noir.

Bond Street Wines

605 Providence Road

This snug spot off of Providence Road opened in 2005 in partnership with a European-based firm, building relationships with top growers in France, Italy, Spain and beyond. Stop in for wine by the glass or by the bottle, and browse retail wines.

Don’t overlook: Tasting events. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.

Cork & Crate

2413 Central Ave.

Owned by husband-and-wife team Christopher and Lakendra Walker, this space contains a chic modern interior featuring a geometric grass wall, a wall lined with bottles of wine and a private tasting room with a communal table and 12 seats.

Don’t overlook: $10 wine tastings on select Fridays that involve fine wines, charcuterie and cheese. See Cork & Crate’s Facebook page for tasting updates.

Photo by CharlotteFive

Reid’s Fine Foods

4331 Barclay Downs Drive

While this boutique grocery operates as a restaurant, you can’t tell me a place with its own wine room isn’s a wine bar. At the SouthPark location, you can stand in a small, paneled room with diverse bottles of wine all around you at a variety of price points.

Don’t overlook: The expansive, bright patio in the back. If you’re lucky, an artist will be strumming up live music while you uncork your bottle and forget that you’re technically at the mall. Lean back and listen.

The Wine Loft

2201 South Blvd.

Narrow and sleek, this lounge-like wine bar feels like a hideaway you’d stumble upon in New York. While the bar snacks leave something to be desired, there are 70 wines by the glass, and more than 100 by the bottle to consider. Plus, the bartenders offer the kind of generous pour you’re looking for at the end of a long day.

Don’t overlook: The pet-friendly patio with white lights overlooking South Blvd. Fluffy can have some water.

Vin Master

2000 South Blvd. #610

This quaint little spot next to the Blue Line in South End has a modest selection of retail wines on one wall as well as local goods, tables to crowd around with friends, and a little bar in the back to cozy up to.

Don’t overlook: How easy it is to grab a bottle of wine here right before you take a cooking class at Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen in the market next door.

Photo by Colby Alvino

Vintner Wine Market

8128 Providence Road

One of the few wine bars you can find in South Charlotte, Vintner offers a low-key space for small plates, wines, beers and live music. The one-room establishment is brimming with wines by the bottle on tall shelves, and there’s a little bar in the back if you prefer a wine by the glass instead.

Don’t overlook: Wine tasting events and Thirsty Thursdays with $3 select draft beers. As a prelude to your bottle of wine, of course. Take a look at the event schedule here.

Arooji’s Wine Room

5349 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.

Wine and authentic Tuscan cuisine is what you’ll find here in this elegant, intimate place. Cross through the wine-cellar-like entryway to pick your poison.

Don’t overlook: The dinner menu. You might as well stick around for some gnocchi or calamari.

The Corkscrew Vue Coffee and Wine Bar

215 N. Pine St.

This upscale bar can be found high up in the Vue apartment complex (you’ve always wanted to go inside, right?). Peruse the extensive wines-by-the-glass list, as well as 382 wines by the bottle, 30 draught beer selections and American tapas menu.

Don’t overlook: The specials, live music and wine tastings that can be found here each week.

Prefer ground level? The Corkscrew Wine Shoppe & Bar at Birkdale (16916 Birkdale Commons Pkwy., Huntersville) also offers specials (like $5 glasses of wine) and live music. Not to mention a patio.

POPLAR – Tapas Restaurant & Bar

224 West 10th St.

Originally branded as a cafe/coffeeshop called Poplar Street Cafe & Wine Bar, this restaurant and bar in the historic Morrison House has shifted its atmosphere to focus on a Peruvian-inspired food menu in addition to wines and cocktails. Sink into the cozy, candle-lit vibe with your vino.

Don’t overlook: The exquisite, garden-like patio that sits beneath the skyline in Fourth Ward.

Photo by Alex Cason

Seaboard Brewing, Taproom, & Wine Bar

213 North Trade St., Matthews

Come here in search of a full wine list and more than 1,000 bottles of wine (look for the wine wall). The taproom contains 24 taps with a selection of local craft beers, but a majority of the selection is focused on beers from Europe and elsewhere. The wine bar offers wines by the glass and by the bottle (or to-go).

Don’t overlook: The courtyard, where you can sit under a small tree canopy while you sip.

Seaboard. Photo by Jonathan Wells

The Wine Vault

9009-l J.M. Keynes Dr.

Come here to sink into a living room setup or to get some sun on a patio, plus enjoy snacks, wine by the bottle and by the glass, beer on draft, and hundreds of beers in both cans and bottles.

Don’t overlook: The calendar of weekly festivities including 10-percent-off champagne bottles on Tuesdays, wine tastings on Wednesdays and live music on Thursdays.

The Wooden Vine

231 N. Tryon St.

This dimly lit nook has a romantic, hole-in-the-wall atmosphere with 50 wines by the glass and more than 300 by the bottle, as well as 12 wine flight options. There’s a full bar, too, if your wine night transitions to cocktail cravings.

Don’t overlook: The Thursday specials beginning in June 2018 featuring $5 wine pours, $10 wine flights and half-priced tapas.

Napa on Providence

110 Perrin Place

Come for comfy booths, an innovative brunch, lunch and dinner menu, and a patio decorated with grape vines.

Don’t overlook: The 5-7 menu featuring limited wines, cocktails and bar snacks.

Bulldog Beer & Wine

1434 Winnifred St. and 2447 Park Road B.

Sometimes, the dormitory-lounge feel is what you long for. Find local and exclusive seasonal beers, plus fine wines by the bottle to pop. Samples are definitely an option.

Don’t overlook: The free Bar Game Nights on Tuesdays at the South End location. Expect prizes, beers and games.Bonterra

Bonterra Dining and Wine Room

1829 Cleveland Ave.

Arrive for the formal, elegant vibe of the old church building, transformed into a wine bar by John Duncan (a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley) and his father. Stay for the vast list of wine varietals and the Southern Cuisine dinner menu to pair with your glass (there’s a wood-fired brick oven).

Don’t overlook: The tucked-away patio that gazes upon Worthington Avenue. It’s quiet out there.

What sipping spot did I miss? Comment below.

 

6 COMMENTS

  1. Black Chicken in Matthews and Waxhaw. Jason is incredibly knowledgable about wine and has an uncanny ability to remember what people like to drink. Great atmosphere where “everybody knows your name”.

    Cheers!

  2. You missed Vinter’s Hill in Mint HIll. This cozy but fun little establishment who is co-owned by a gay couple has brought new life to the area. Serving lite fare to dessert, this gem is always hoping with some sort of entertainment.

  3. A little further north, the Wine Room at Afton Village in Concord is a terrific wine bar in Concord. They have a nice selection of wine, craft beers, and also offer a bistro-style food menu that includes starters, soups, salads, sandwiches, flatbreads, and desserts.

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