In Auckland’s overflowing and bustling scene, what makes a restaurant stand out? With these selections, it’s not necessarily what’s on the plate–But what’s in the wine glass next to it! Here is a selection of Auckland’s finest wine lists, for the ever-discerning vino connoisseur.
When on Waiheke Island, enjoying a lush summer’s day, there truly is nothing better to do than to bask in some sunshine and quality wine. Mudbrick differs from many others on this list as they grow their wines on-site–Cultivated from decades of hard work. From humble beginnings as the love project of two accountants to one of Auckland’s hottest summer spots–Mudbrick is not one to be missed. Romantic, stunning, and with views to boot, this one is essential for the summer bucket list.
The city-based counterpart to Mudbrick’s Waiheke headquarters, Augustus exemplifies both culinary and winery excellence–Being a finalist in the Metro Top 50 awards in 2019. With an eight-page wine menu, filled with the very best of New Zealand’s wines and international offerings, it isn’t hard to see why this gorgeous bistro in the historic former Ponsonby Post Office is one of Auckland’s hottest spots.
Amano’s sensationally-crafted seasonal menu is complemented by their excellent choice in wines. With an extensive wine list that includes favourites from France, Italy, Australia, and New Zealand–Amano’s commitment to an unmatched experience extends beyond their unforgettable cuisine.
Nestled in the historic ferry building, Botswana offers a divine and never-ending list of tantalising wines. With an extensive 23-page list of alcohol, the majority of which is wine, Botswana Butchery aims to please. With a careful selection of innovative New Zealand choices and top-tier international selections, sommelier picks are designed to complement their seasonal range of dishes.
While Euro is Auckland’s definitive eatery, their wine menu is just as much of a mascot for Auckland’s defining blend of classic sophistication and modern innovation. Their opulent cuisine is only enhanced with their luxurious wine list which spans almost every strain of wine from a variety of countries around the world. Euro’s wine is like their food, synonymous with luxury and indulgence.
Described as “your slice of Ibiza”, this Takapuna-based hotspot prides itself on creating the best Spanish holiday right in the City of Sails. Featuring wine from some of New Zealand’s finest vineyards such as Brancott Estate and Church Road amongst others–It’s a taste of a Spanish summer with a Kiwi twist at Regatta.
The Shed (Te Motu)
Hidden in the sunshine and natural beauty of Waiheke’s Onetangi Valley, The Shed has the added benefit of being part of Te Motu, one of New Zealand’s most exciting wineries. With an expertise in Bordeaux winemaking, their deep red wines are a must-try. Perfect for that weekend summer getaway!
Directly translated to ‘wine wine’–There is no doubt that Vino Vino means serious business. Take in the Waiheke sea views, enjoy some seafood and indulge in their hearty wine list. Local wines are heavily featured in Vino Vino’s wine list, meaning there is a strong Kiwi identity to this Mediterranean fan favourite.
For those wanting something a little more local, Morell is located in the leafy and lavish suburb of Remuera. Created out of a mutual love affair for food and each other, Daniel and Sarah Morini aim to bring the familial aspects of Maori and Italian culture to their food, and most importantly–Wine! Featuring a blend of local and international suppliers, their wines are carefully chosen to not only complement their food but, to embody the concept of family and shared love within a dining experience.
Jervois Road Wine Bar & Kitchen
This establishment is so well known for their wine they even host wine tasting dinners, taking the hassle out of selecting from one of their many fabulous wines on offer! Jervois Road Wine Bar & Kitchen selects more biodynamic wines, meaning more wine and less nasty stuff! Situated on the uber-trendy Jervois Road, there is no going wrong with a few glasses here.
Home to water views, Josh Emmett’s stunning menu, and The Real Housewives of Auckland, Ostro embodies sophistication in every drop (of wine, that is). Ostro knows their food and Ostro knows their wine–With a special note to their impressive collection of vintage offerings.
O’Connell Street Bistro
Holding the Wine Spectator award for seventeen years must mean the team behind O’Connell Street Bistro know their vino. An intimate affair with only twelve tables, O’Connell Street bistro is tucked in the corner of Shortland Street and O’Connell Street–A welcome getaway from the hustle and bustle of the central city. The wine list at O’Connell Street Bistro is carefully selected to suit any taste, occasion, and situation. Whether you’re in a large group or dining solo, O’Connell Street Bistro is sure to have a wine for you.
Soul Bar & Bistro
Soul is the epicentre of all things trendy, oyster-related, and most importantly–Wine related. Soul is dedicated to their wines with an extensive list and detailed descriptions accompanying their favourite vino selections. This famed Auckland eatery is popular because it has an experience attached to their delicate selection of wines. Nothing quite beats a fine wine overlooking the yachts and dusky sunset of the Viaduct Harbour on a summer’s evening.
The Glass Goose
At the top of a not-so-hidden staircase on Federal Street lies The Glass Goose. With soft romantic lighting, the Glass Goose is inviting, and the décor is perfect for a relaxed wine after work or with a significant other. Thankfully, the wine list delivers–With a diverse list of every wine one could want. Think, champagnes, aromatics, whites, reds, and everything in between! The Cooks Brothers (behind some of Auckland’s favourite spots) know their food and know their wine.