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Botanical’s stunning wine list has a little of everything – the benchmarks, the hipsters, the traditionalists, the popular, the pioneers and the stars. Incredibly, it manages to achieve all this in a list which hovers around a relatively modest 900 wines. Expect to find New Zealand sauvignon blancs next to some Didier Dagueneau, Ochota Barrels young vintage gewürztraminer off-set by older Alsatian examples such as a 2008 Domaine Weinbach’s Furstentum Grand Cru, or Penfolds Grange alongside Guigal plus Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay followed by some Raveneau. The adventurous will be attracted to Niepoort Redoma, a Pyramid Valley chardonnay or a Swiss pinot noir. The by-the-glass list is diverse, different and pitched perfectly to the Mediterranean and French accented menus. All up, 26 wines take centrestage, not too many and everything appeals. Anyone who enjoys a digestif, fortified or dessert by the glass or bottle will be thrilled by the choices, including Joh. Jos. Prüm Goldkapsel rieslings or several Château d’ Yquem vintages. For the record, The Botanical makes a wicked negroni. JANE FAULKNER


169 Domain Road, South Yarra 
(03) 9820 7888

CUISINE European
WINE LISTPeter Baker, Peter Marr & Michael Gibb
WINEs ON LIST 912 (26 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($20-$9.50 by the glass)

Hall-of-Famer The Botanical keeps working hard to improve its list. This year we see more wines and a vast array of gins, 79 in all. At its heart, this is a world wine list with a strong European bent, putting forward some big names and some exciting brands that you will want to get to know. There's a wine education here for those who embrace it, from an Aussie sparkling red to an Austrian grüner veltliner or maybe a flight of 2013 Victorian pinots. Prices are reasonable.


Vue de Monde

525 Collins St, Melbourne
(03) 9691 3888

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Carlos Simoes
WINEs ON LIST 1700 (34 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($85-$10 by the glass)

The stellar list at Shannon Bennett’s chic fine dining destination delivers on very high expectations. A comprehensive collection of iconic producers both at home and abroad is augmented by layers of interest from emerging prodigies like Sami Odi and Toby Bekkers. Verticals to satisfy the most ravenous Bordeaux, Barolo or Burghound abound.

Cutler & Co

55-57 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
(03) 9419 4888

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINEs ON LIST 532 (39 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($29-$9 by the glass)

Experienced sommelier Liam O'Brien has turned the Cutler & Co. wine list into a major project, slowing increasing the number of wines over recent years, exploring on trend styles such as natural “pet nat” sparklings and skin-contact whites, and generally composing a confident world list of huge appeal. The move to medium-bodied red grapes such
as gamay and blaufränkisch is to be applauded, while Burgundy and Italian wine drinkers will be especially rewarded.



152 Yarra St, Warrandyte
(03) 9844 5548

CUISINE Contemporary
WINE LIST Michelle Shaw & Kelvin Shaw
WINEs ON LIST 282 (16 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($26-$10 by the glass)

Warrandyte's Altair, at the entry to the Yarra Valley, does the region proud with a strong list supporting local makers doing good work. Wineries like Helen's Hill, Levantine Hill, Coombe as well as local brewers are included. It's a list tailored to seeking out wines of quality at
fair prices from Australia and overseas with the emphasis on small, family
producers of note.


34 The Strand, Williamstown
(03) 9397 7799

CUISINE Mediterranean Seafood
WINE LIST Raúl Moreno Yagüe
WINEs ON LIST 70 (23 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($16-$8 by the glass)

Williamstown institution, The Anchorage, is big on all manner of fishy business, from barramundi to Boston Bay mussels and Atlantic salmon. Its modest list plays to a definite strength in white wines –riesling, sauvignon blanc, fiano, pinot grigio and gris – as well as some attractive ring-ins such as a aromatic Croatian malvasia and Loire muscadet. The reds are nicely tuned to meet the needs of rich textural fish. Try the pinot noirs, Portuguese touriga nacional and Argentinian malbec. Meat eaters will zero in on richer wines such as Paul Osicka shiraz and and don't forget to take a peek at the Reserve range.

Arbory Bar & Eatery

Flinders Street Station, 1 Flinders Walk, Melbourne
(03) 8648 7644

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Raúl Moreno Yagüe
WINEs ON LIST 50 (16 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($25-$8 by the glass)

Sommelier-about-town Raúl Moreno Yagüe has his signature style all over this brand new eatery in the heart of Flinders Street Station. Wines from around Australia and beyond are divided into Classic or Adventurous, depending on your mood. And in keeping with Melbourne's new obsession with edgy wines, there's the odd orange wine, too. Small lists are often the hardest to conceive. This is a confident young wine selection, keeping prices in check.

The Argus Dining Room

124 Main Rd, Hepburn Springs
(03) 5348 4199

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Jeremy Shiell
WINEs ON LIST 525 (16 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($25-$7 by the glass)

Relax, you’re in experienced hands, with a smart, well-conceived, exciting wine list that also manages a little wine education with superb tasting notes and specialist producer profiles. Local producers from the Macedon Ranges are well supported, yes, but this is just the start of an international wine journey dropping by small, edgy producers from the Yarra Valley to Burgundy and Piedmont and beyond. Look to the sub-headings: The Natural Ones, The Weird Ones, etc. for guidance. It's an exciting ride.


8 Whiteman St, Southbank
(03) 9698 8888

WINEs ON LIST 400 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($30-$13 by the glass)

Chef Donovan Cooke has made a name for himself and his cooking at The Atlantic, a restaurant that offers a world-class seafood experience. The wine list is focused accordingly, promoting precise rieslings and aromatics, generous chardonnays, finely textured pinots and medium-bodied Italian styles from Australia and around the world. Good to see rosé given its place, including an Indian wine, and when in doubt follow the sommelier favourites, highlighted with tasting notes. A warning: prices are expensive.


74 Glen Eira Rd, Ripponlea
(03) 9530 0111

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Mattia Antonio Cianca
WINEs ON LIST 460 (16 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($49-$18 by the glass)

One of Australia's greatest restaurants has the wine list it deserves: a superb international collection to complement Ben Shewry's sublime food. Giants of the wine world stand alongside emerging superstars on a list that will challenge, tantalise and delight. This is a carefully chosen list full of surprises which often demands that customers  eagerly anticipate the awe that accompanies discovery.

The Avoca

115 High St, Avoca
(03) 5465 3018

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Ian Urquhart
WINEs ON LIST 128 (24 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($14-$6 by the glass)

You enter a small country town and pull up at the pub. Expectations are so-so, then you see a wine list with 24 wines by the glass, all from local award-winning vignerons, a world beer list that would be at home in Melbourne and a mighty fine selection of gins. You have entered Avoca at The Avoca Hotel where goose leg bao, local Tuki lamb and kangaroo
fillets wait to be matched by a full complement of wines from the Pyrenees from large (Taltarni, Blue Pyrenees Estate, Dalwhinnie) to small (Dog Rock, Degraves Road). The Reserve wines will entice.

Bar Liberty

234 Johnston St, Fitzroy

CUISINE Delicisio Internazionale
WINE LIST Banjo Harris Plane
WINEs ON LIST 150 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($23-$8 by the glass)

Passions are worn openly at this new venture with former Attica wine supremo, Banjo Harris Plane, as a partner. There's no denying this is a challenging world wine list with biodynamic wines, low input, macerated whites (orange wines) and pet nat sparklings. Take the plunge, explore and be rewarded. This is not your usual wine list. "The greatest of grapes is chenin blanc," begins the introduction to a selection of provocative chenins. And did we mention the Champagne sabring lessons?

Baths Middle Brighton

251 Esplanade, Brighton
(03) 9539 7000

CUISINE Contemporary Australian
WINE LISTNicolas Dodds and Paul Raynor
WINE ON LIST 211 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES #N/A ($18-$9 by the glass)

The Baths list offers many classic Australian wines with their more modestly priced counterparts, presenting the best of both worlds. New Zealand and Europe are well represented by plenty of very good to outstanding wines. It's a wide-ranging list with depth in the Australian selection.

Bistro Vue

430 Little Collins St, Melbourne
(03) 9691 3838

WINE LIST Gavin Wraith
WINE ON LIST 104 (24 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($20-$10 by the glass)

The little sister to Vue de Monde is more French bistro than fine-dining superstar, with a wine list that is a little bit Australian and a little bit French, with a fair smattering of the rest of Europe. Crammed with quality names, it tends to play safe and youthful but should you wish to let your hair down, may we suggest a trip through the Reserve wine list and/or the Charles Heidsieck Champagne Collection. Your handy guide will be the listings of wines by weight and style.

Black Caviar

Caulfield Racecourse, Station St, Caulfield East
(03) 9257 7200

WINE LIST Dan Schwarze
WINEs ON LIST 94 (19 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($16-$8 by the glass)

Black Caviar Restaurant at Caulfield Racecourse runs true to its name with some well bred beauties featuring on the wine list, starting with a wine flight looking at three top shirazes from Penfolds. Setting out to impress, the list looks to star wine performers, Australian heavyweights such as Wynn's, Jasper Hill, Wolf Blass, Yalumba and Penfolds dominating. But it's the road less travelled that will excite many: a Marlborough pinot gris, Adelaide Hills riesling, McLaren Vale tempranillo or Barossa Valley sangiovese.


74 Bourke St, Melbourne
(03) 9654 2252

WINE LIST Ben Knight
WINEs ON LIST 280 (15 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$($21-$10 by the glass)

You can sense the fun that sommelier Ben Knight has in putting this list together. It's palpable. He's turned the wine list on its head, deconstructed it, introducing themed selections of Australian and
Italian wine producers that forces you to look through each section rather than, as he says, "turning to your favourite grape." You are in safe
hands. Go with it.


4285 Cape Otway Rd, Birregurra
(03) 5236 2226

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Simon Freeman and Megan Conway
WINEs ON LIST 470 (27 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($36-$16 by the glass)

As Brae settles into its third year, we see a restaurant starting to broaden its wine list while retaining its original philosophy of acknowledging the thriving local wine areas such as Geelong, Henty and Central Victoria. The number of wines by the glass has increased, a good sign, while the emphasis remains on small grower/makers, organic/biodynamic as well as edgy makers from around the world. Many names will be new to drinkers. Embrace the diversity!

Brass Razu Wine Bar

13 Main St, Mornington
(03) 5975 0108

CUISINE Tapas Sharing
WINE LIST Dr Paul Collier
WINEs ON LIST 220 (25 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($14-$10 by the glass)

You are on the Mornington Peninsula and seeking insight into the wines and styles of the area. A visit to Brass Razu affords immediate satisfaction, with an extensive array of local wines on offer, in particular the region's strengths: chardonnay, pinot gris, pinot noir. But that is half the story. By way of comparison are the wines of the rest of the country and further afield, fitting in nicely with the sharing plates and tapas food on offer.

Burma Lane

118 Little Collins St, Melbourne
(03) 9615 8500

WINE LIST Matthew Lamb
WINEs ON LIST 50 (13 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($18-$11.50 by the glass)

Burmese cuisine may well have you wondering exactly what wines go with turmeric, chilli, lemongrass and something called elephant ear stem? The answer is any number of aromatic, delicate white wines and soft, medium-bodied reds, all of which can be found on the compact, 50-wine Burma Lane menu. Here you will find everything from German rieslings to biodynamic McLaren Vale cabernet franc – some left of centre, some classic in nature.

Caffe E Cucina

581 Chapel St, South Yarra
(03) 9827 4139

WINE LIST Giacomo Pietrantuono
WINEs ON LIST 126 (27 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($55-$12 by the glass)

The timeless Caffe e Cucina has been showing the way with Italian food and wine for nearly 30 years. With a new sommelier in charge, we see an extra spring in the step of what is already a fine Italian and Australian wine listing. Aged classic reds from Barolo, Amarone and Brunello are now by the glass. New wine names mingle with the establishment and, as always, Italians rule.

Caffe La Via

252-254 Glenferrie Rd, Malvern
(03) 9509 6373

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Dhruv Chawla
WINEs ON LIST 87 (15 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($13.50-$9.50 by the glass)

Caffe La Via is the epitome of the modern Australian wine list, looking to shake things up with some organic and biodynamic Australian wines, while also paying attention to the old hands from classic regions. A few European wines sprinkled about add that extra piquancy. However, it's the wines by the glass that will catch the attention of many, all with winemaking info to whet the appetite.

Caterinas Cucina E Bar

Basement, 221 Queen St, Melbourne
(03) 9670 8488

WINE LIST Caterina Borsato
WINEs ON LIST 325 (14 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($18.50-$10.50 by the glass)

A wonderful list taking advantage of all the joys that Western Australia has to offer but ensuring that there are plenty of exceptional wines from around the globe. All the information you could ever need to make a choice. A list to make the West proud.


109 Cotham Rd, Kew
(03) 9817 6468

WINE LIST Cristiano Ceccherini and Jesse Davidson
WINEs ON LIST 500 (23 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($23.50-$8.50 by the glass)

Love Italian wine? This is the place to go in Melbourne's eastern suburbs, where a substantial percentage of its 500-strong list is devoted to Italy. Not sure about Italian wine? That's OK. Introductions to regions and styles set the scene. But that's just part of the story for this stimulating wine list. Seek out the multiple vintages from big international names – Gaja, Sandrone, Penfolds, Hill of Grace – or look to the rising stars.


131 Yarra St, Geelong
(03) 5224 1515

WINEs ON LIST 78 (15 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($17-$7 by the glass)

Centra is one of Geelong's newest eateries and with experienced sommelier Cam O'Keefe behind the list we are hopeful of big things. There's a real mix of youth and experience on this list – Geelong makers doing good, Italians taking on the world and an eclectic bunch of others which may include a pinot blanc from Alsace, a Spanish tempranillo or a biodynamic Macedon Ranges pinot noir. Prices are more than fair.

Chairmans Club

448 Epsom Rd, Flemington
1300 727 575

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Stewart Malone
WINEs ON LIST 283 (13 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($25-$11 by the glass)

The Chairman's Club, as the name suggests, comes with privileges. The cellars are home to a rich selection of Australian standards, from Jim Barry to Wynns, and there has been a wise policy on ageing wines for release on the list. The Aussie shiraz and cabernet selection is particularly tempting. The list also covers France particularly well, with some real treasures at good prices from Burgundy, Rhone Valley and Bordeaux.


2 Acland St, St Kilda
(03) 9536 1122

WINE LIST Laurent Rospars
WINEs ON LIST 1200 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($22-$12 by the glass)

There is a reason why Circa is in our awards' Hall of Fame. The complete,
professional wine list rarely skips a beat as it sets out to alternatively
provoke and engross with new wine styles and world benchmark wines. A sparkling roussanne or a Uruguayan tannat appear because, well, why not? They counter the throughly luxurious collection of wines from Burgundy, Bordeaux and Italy. Check out the half bottles, too.


Basement, 141 Flinders Ln, Melbourne
(03) 9650 3155

CUISINE Modern Asian
WINE LIST Travis Howe
WINEs ON LIST 160 (15 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($26-$12 by the glass)

Coda tends to go where other Asian-inspired restaurants don't normally venture. Its wine list loves organic and biodynamic winemakers. There's the odd reference to ceramic egg (fermenting vessel) and the need to introduce us to a Hungarian furmint blend and an Armenian areni noir red wine –sounds interesting. In other words, it's on song with the times but you won't feel stranded here; there are plenty of comforting names and styles, too.

Crabapple Kitchen

659 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn
(03) 9078 5492

CUISINE International
WINE LIST Stephanie Edgerton & Lee Bartle
WINEs ON LIST 74 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($19-$8 by the glass)

You can only applaud Crabapple Kitchen's adventurous spirit. "Where would you like to travel today?" asks the wine list. The world of wine beckons with each country, led by Italy, displaying not only its wines but aperitifs, digestifs and liqueurs all in one spot. You well may care to stay within Italy or France or Australia. Or you can, of course, do some armchair travelling one glass at a time by turning to wines by the glass. Fair prices make it almost obligatory.

Cru Wine Bar & Cafe

916 Glenferrie Rd, Kew
(03) 9818 4366

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Tony Donnini
WINEs ON LIST 350 (23 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($20-$10 by the glass)

The drool factor is dangerously high with this wonderfully engaging suburban wine list that competes with the best lists in Melbourne or Sydney. It's a comprehensive world wine listing dominated by a strong fascination for Italian and Australian wines. A thorough wine education
can be had here for very reasonable prices. And don't neglect the last few pages where 'Reserve' wines and 'The Collections' live. Amazing!

The Deck Bar & Bistro, Flinders Hotel

Wood & Cook Sts, Flinders
(03) 5989 0201

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LISTRaúl Moreno Yagüe
WINEs ON LIST 135 (16 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($14-$8 by the glass)

The Flinders Hotel on the Mornington Peninsula would be a most apt place to spend a few hours working your way through wines served by the glass and sourced from the surrounding region. This list shines with some of the better producers, with chardonnay and pinot noir dominating. Or maybe you fancy a cellared wine from further afield, an Austrian musket, a five-year-old Oregon pinot or well-priced, aged red Burgundy? Reasonable prices will make the wine lover's day.

Din Tai Fung Emporium

Level 4, 287 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
(03) 9654 1876

WINE LIST Ben Knight
WINEs ON LIST 22 (7 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($11-$7 by the glass)

The group of Chinese restaurant that has done well in NSW opens in Melbourne with a short but beautifully crafted wine list. Prices are modest and the quality is high considering the asking prices. Admirably suited to its Chinese cuisine.


40 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda
(03) 9534 8221

CUISINE Mediterranean
WINE LIST Roland Troedel
WINEs ON LIST 661 (26 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($37-$11 by the glass)

Donovans has bounced back after its brush with fire in 2014. The wine list emphasises Aussie classics, so dear to the hearts of regular diners, but there's also plenty of interest generated by newcomer producers. The Mediterranean feel is palpable with a strong European showing. The "Winery of the Moment" features Picardy from Western Australia and, as always, the cellar releases are worth checking if you have the dollars to spare.

East Brunswick Hotel

280 Lygon St, Brunswick East
(03) 8354 0100

CUISINE Modern Pub
WINEs ON LIST 145 (26 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($13-$9 by the glass)

A list which will undoubtedly prove very popular, with numerous well-loved wines and plenty of exciting newcomers for those looking for a little vinous adventure. Excellent support in both beers and spirits. Some older gems well priced – a 1995 Bannockburn Chardonnay, for example.

Edwards Waterfront

101 Bentinck St, Portland
(03) 5523 1032

CUISINE Modern Australian
Wine List Mark Mcintyre
Wines ON LIST 124 (28 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($11.50-$7 by the glass)

Edwards at The Richmond Henty Hotel believes in a wine list that offers something for everyone. Whether it's a Marlborough sauvignon blanc or a Hunter semillon, a Yarra Valley chardonnay or Eden Valley viognier, Coonawarra cabernet or Wrattonbully tempranillo, there is plenty of choice. The selection is dominated by Australian wines with a focus on the local wines of the Henty region.


871 Burke Rd, Camberwell
(03) 9882 8877

CUISINE Cretan (Greek)
WINE LIST Angie Giannakodakis
WINEs ON LIST 147 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($27-$11 by the glass)

Elyros, new sister restaurant to Epocha, zeroes in on the food and wines of Crete. Which is to say, Greek indigenous grape varieties enjoy a glorious moment of celebration. You can have a stab at pronunciation, but our advice is to put your tastebuds in the hands of the competent sommeliers and relax. An excellent range of Australian wines and a small, eclectic of Europeans are always on call.


49 Rathdowne St, Carlton
(03) 9036 4949

CUISINE European
WINE LIST Angie Giannakodakis
WINEs ON LIST 143 (16 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($18-$14 by the glass)

At first look, the Epocha wine list might appear daring or confronting or both. We can only regard this as a good thing. A provocative European-only wine listing, is by its nature, going to be talked about. Epocha makes sure it's in a good way with an arresting group of winemakers holding us enthralled. Nowhere is this clearer than in the Greek selection, from the delicate white grape of Santorini (assyrtiko) to always delicious agiorgitko from Nemea. Fair mark-ups encourage a vinous adventure.

Estelle Bistro

243 High St, Northcote
(03) 9489 4609

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST James Dossan and Shar Debney
WINEs ON LIST 77 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$($24-$10 by the glass)

A tight, focused small wine list is a thing of beauty, calling for all the skills that a sommelier possesses. What to include? What to discard? Estelle Bistro passes the test with flair, offering a smart, slick grouping of world wines available by the glass – carafe as well as bottle. The styles are at home with its modern Australian food style: the whites are textural and many don't rely on oak; the reds are structured but not impenetrable and there's the odd new-age white wine turning a shade of orange. There's a lot to like here.

Estelle By Scott Pickett

245 High St, Northcote
(03) 9489 4609

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST James Dossan
WINEs ON LIST 382 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($35-$14 by the glass) 

Opened in 2015, Estelle by Scott Pickett is the fine-dining arm of its less formal bistro. The wine list has been created accordingly. This is one serious selection of world wines categorised by grape variety. Lovers of riesling, chardonnay, pinot noir and shiraz will know exactly where to turn to first, but the list also encourages discovery. Seek out the Aussie field blends, Portuguese whites, Austrian reds and the odd Japanese merlot  to enjoy the full Estelle experience.

The European

161 Spring St, Melbourne
(03) 9654 0811

CUISINE European
WINE LIST Chris Broughton
WINEs ON LIST 600 (19 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($24-$11 by the glass)

For 18 years The European wine list has been leading the way with a European-only wine selection. For 18 years it has been daring and provocative. Nothing has changed. A wide world awaits from the top
Champagnes of France to a stunning group of Alsatian and German rieslings through to Sancerre (the home of sauvignon blanc) and one of the best white Burgundy lists in the country.France, Italy and Spain are the big red guns, running from the contemporary to the classic.

Fishermen’s Pier

1 Yarra St, Geelong
(03) 5222 4100

WINE LIST Jimmy Avraam
WINEs ON LIST 118 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($16-$9 by the glass)

Fishermen's Pier on the Geelong waterfront, celebrates seafood and the wines of the Geelong region. It's a good combination. The area is noteworthy for some great white wines that are natural partners to shellfish and fish – chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio, riesling – and then there are those finely tuned pinots. If you have some serious money to spend, look to the "old and rare" sections on the list.

Fitzroy Town Hall Hotel

166 Johnston St, Fitzroy
(03) 9416 5055

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Christopher P. Vivian
WINEs ON LIST 90 (15 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($18-$7 by the glass)

We can guarantee there will be winemakers on this wine list that will be new to you. That's definitely a good thing. Here is a list that embraces the small, the alternate, the edgy, adventurous maker in addition to the established. And the best thing about this 90-wine listing are the prices that encourage you to go and discover, whether it's a riesling/gewürztraminer from the Yarra Valley, a sparkling blanc de blancs from Burgundy or a 2009 Yalumba The Octavius (the most expensive wine on the list).

Flying Duck Hotel

67 Bendigo St, Prahran
(03) 9510 8081

CUISINE European
WINE LIST Raúl Moreno Yagüe
WINEs ON LIST 50 (21 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($20-$8 by the glass)

Sommeliers will tell you that it is harder to construct an exciting wine list for just 50 wines than it is for 100. Raúl Moreno Yagüe has no such problem with the challenge, creating a taut, enticing world wine list with every wine priced under $100 a bottle. And then he opens up 21 bottles to serve by the glass.


2 Exhibition St, Melbourne
(03) 9207 7444

CUISINE Greek Steet Food
WINE LIST Andrew Phillpot & Fabien Moalic
WINEs ON LIST 90 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($37-$11 by the glass)

George Calombaris' Greek dining empire goes back to basics with Gazi, offering street food – but there's nothing basic about the wine list which kicks off with a group of seriously indulgent Aussie reds. But diners will be naturally drawn to the Greek wines from fashionable white, assyrtiko, to rising star red grape, agiorgitiko. And let's not forget the seriousness with which ouzo is treated. Take an ouzo flight and find out.

Healesville Hotel

256 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville
(03) 5962 4002

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Michael Kennedy
WINEs ON LIST 400 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ( $$$ by the glass)

The Healesville Hotel is a hotbed of Yarra Valley wine intrigue, listing wines from the smallest to the biggest producers, all the while promoting exciting up-and-comers. Names like An Ape Is Loose, Pimpernel, Fikkers Two Bricks, Bird On A Wire, Payten and Jones bring a real sense of exploration to the list. The Valley is the setting off point for the list but from there the world of wine awaits. And don't forget the exhaustive
beer and cider list.

Hellenic Republic Brunswick

434 Lygon St, Brunswick East
(03) 9381 1222

CUISINE Traditional Greek Taverna
WINE LIST Andrew Phillpot & Chris Glover
WINEs ON LIST 45 (13 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($14.50-$10.50 by the glass)

Since 2008, the Hellenic Republic has been one of Melbourne's greatest champions of Greek wines. At the original Brunswick restaurant there is no alternative offered but, fortunately, excellent tasting notes for each Greek wine help relieve any anxiety about choice. Sub-headings like "Light & Bright" and "Spiced & Exotic" will entice further discovery. And then there's the Greek beers and ouzos. This is immersion at its best.

Hellenic Republic Kew

26 Cotham Rd, Kew
(03) 9207 7477

CUISINE Modern Greek Taverna
WINE LIST Andrew Phillpot & Nikki Reid
WINEs ON LIST 51 (16 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($15-$10.50 by the glass)

A traditional Greek taverna menu with plenty of protein direct from the barbecue or rotisserie calls for a Greek wine. Naturally! It's a simple philosophy, one that works a treat here with so much on offer. Yes, there is a retsina – but probably not like you remember it. Tasting notes will assist in your choice, as will modest prices. A small selection of Australian and New Zealand wines is also offered.


29 Chapel St, Windsor
(03) 9510 4050

CUISINE Modern contemporary
WINE LIST Nicolo Fenzi
WINEs ON LIST 117 (19 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($20-$9 by the glass)

Two years after opening at The Railway Hotel, Highline has become known for its strong Australian wine list, capitalising on all that is great about this country's wine industry. Riesling, pinot noir and shiraz selections are among the strongest, with a mix of traditional and newcomer producers on show.  Our cousins across the ditch also get a heads-up. Still not sure? Wines by the glass come with tasting notes to assist.


8 Whiteman St, Southbank
(03) 9292 6886

CUISINE Japanese
WINE LIST Matthew Brooke
WINEs ON LIST 220 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($30-$12 by the glass)

At Koko you are surrounded by some artful Japanese cooking, so it's only fitting that diners should be equally indulged by an authentic Japanese selection of plum wines and sakes. It's an impressive list. However, should the need arise to try a traditional Western wine, this list is up for it with a smart mix of standards (think Penfolds, Marc Bredif, Joseph Drouhin, Bollinger) and producers a little more cutting-edge in nature.

Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club

489 Glenferrie Rd, Kooyong
(03) 9822 3333

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Patrice Renaudin
WINEs ON LIST 178 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($13-$4 by the glass)

Club membership at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club clearly comes with some great privileges, like the opportunity to buy a bottle of Henschke Hill of Grace 2010 for just $550, or any number of classic Australian and French wines at fair prices. Many wines are priced under $100 a bottle, offering real value. And the presence of wines such as Ochota Barrels, Bindi, Woodlands and a host of alternate makers is more than tempting.

La Bonta

12-14 Piper St, Kyneton
(03) 5422 3683

WINE LIST Tim Austin
WINEs ON LIST 192 (14 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($17-$9 by the glass)

There are Italian wine adventures aplenty waiting for diners at La Bonta. Start with an Italian craft beer (maybe a smokey Collesi Rossa) or prosecco before delving into a Piemonte arneis  or barbera from Lombardia. With the Macedon Ranges and Heathcote regions on its doorstep, the list also offers outstanding local stars such as riesling, chardonnay, shiraz and pinot noir. A comparison of Oz-Italian wine styles with those from the old country offers an intriguing twist.

Lake House

4 King St, Daylesford
(03) 5348 3329

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Deniz Hardman
WINEs ON LIST 1200 (23 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($27-$12 by the glass)

Still at the top of its game. This is an exemplary list for an iconic country restaurant. When Michelin first used the phrase 'worth a detour' they could well have had Lake House in mind. Proudly local, Australian, and international. Balances cutting edge producers with many of Australia's finest classics. A list that seems constantly revitalised and of the minute.

Le Cinque Terre

289 Bay St, Brighton
0413 480 365

CUISINE Italian/Spanish
WINE LIST Giovanni Laera
WINEs ON LIST 50 (13 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($13-$8 by the glass)

What Le Cinque Terre lacks in size – with just 50 wines it is definitely categorised as a small list – it makes up for with some enticingly savoury and thoroughly drinkable wines. The emphasis, quite rightly, is on Spain and Italy with a few locals sprinkled about. This is a great opportunity to experience grapes such as albarino, vermentino, dolcetto, nebbiolo and the ever-exciting tempranillo as they are intended – from their home terroir with maybe a grappa or liquori to finish.

Lobster Cave

18 North Concourse, Beaumaris
(03) 9589 6329

WINEs ON LIST 319 (15 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($22-$13 by the glass)

There would be very few in Beaumaris who have not visited The Lobster Cave, such is its local celebrity, but for the rest us we can only imagine the joy of pairing its famous Ferginator with a glass of Frogmore Creek fume blanc or Tiefenbrunner pinot grigio. The wine list is extensive and international in scope with Australian wines, many aged and cellared, leading the way. Multiple vintages of Grange and Cullen Diana Madeline attest to its seriousness but many will be happy to explore the excellent list of wines by the glass.

Longrain Melbourne

40-44 Little Bourke St, Melbourne
(03) 9671 3151

CUISINE Modern Thai
WINE LIST Sam Christie and Tristan Cuthbert
WINEs ON LIST 80 (12 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($22-$10.50 by the glass)

It has been claimed at Longrain has "perfect pitch" when it comes to the art of food and wine matching and we agree. It's as if each wine on this compact listing has specifically been chosen to suit Thai's spice and sweet and sour notes. Needless to say the white aromatics are front and centre with sommelier San Christie cherry picking grapes and styles from Europe and Australasia. Cool climate shiraz and pinot noir are particularly approachable and well-suited.

Lucy Liu Kitchen & Bar

23 Olive Lne, Melbourne
(03) 9639 5777

WINE LIST Ollie Yan Qiu Wang
WINEs ON LIST 291 (38 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($19-$8 by the glass)

This popular Melbourne eatery puts the spotlight on Pan Asian cooking and shows how it's done when it comes to sympathetic wine matching. Aromatic whites from Alsace, Germany, Austria and Australia lead the selection and don't forget the half dry styles which go so well. Here edgy, provocative makers rub shoulders with the classics and old school makers, no where is this seen better than in the Burgundy list. And the
half bottle listing is excellent.


5 Gamon St, Seddon
(03) 9362 7333

CUISINE Modern Vietnamese
WINE LIST Ben Knight
WINEs ON LIST 51 (16 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($12-$8 by the glass)

Sommelier Ben Knight has brought some of the fun and mischief from his Bottega wine list to downtown Seddon and the new Vietnamese restaurant, Luxsmith. Expect the same amusing introductions to wines, some quirkyness, some new names and old and above all, wines well suited to a little Viet spice. There's even sake which Ben recommends with the spicier dishes. You will be entertained, probably learn a few things and be thoroughly delighted with this smart international list.

Macedon Wine Room

652 Black Forest Dr, Macedon
(03) 5426 3030

CUISINE European
WINE LIST Steven Gerdes
WINEs ON LIST 260 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($12-$7.50 by the glass)

Yes, you will find local Macedon Ranges wines at the Macedon Wine Room but you will also experience a big, wide world of grapes, styles, producers - the known and the less known - which we guarantee will excite. Guiding you throughout are a collection of excellent tasting notes
and side information whether it's on Greek assyrtiko, Spanish albarino or a Heathcote shiraz made by a Rhone Valley master. Prices are more than


21 Bond St, Melbourne
(03) 9629 5900

CUISINE Middle Eastern
WINEs ON LIST 277 (24 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($28-$13 by the glass)

The familiar, the interesting and intriguing feature on Maha’s list making it rather special and enticing. Diversity shines in the varietals, for example, rieslings encompass a raft of styles from Pyramid Valley to Pewsey Vale while Lebanese wines are dotted throughout including its most famous producer Chateau Musar.

Malvern Hotel

1117 Malvern Rd, Toorak
(03) 9822 3582

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Thomas Robson
WINEs ON LIST 247 (21 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($14.50-$8 by the glass)

Serious reds take pride of place in the smart bistro at this local Toorak watering hole. A wealth of mature Australian shiraz and cabernet sauvignon stars Penfolds, Jamsheed and Jasper Hill. Spanish and Italian varietals including sangiovese, nebbiolo, grenache and tempranillo mean there’s a wealth of choice to accompany the hearty char-grill.


53 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
(03) 9419 6262

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINEs ON LIST 99 (19 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($21-$9 by the glass)

The newest incarnation from uber-chef Andrew McConnell is this stylish wine bar with a cool list of about 100 bottles. Featuring the familiar think Hoddles Creek Estate chardonnay to skin contact whites, plus an eclectic selection by the glass – fancy blatina from Herzegovinian producer, Vinogradi Nuic?


313 Drummond St, Carlton
(03) 9347 5610

CUISINE Regional Italian
WINE LIST Kara Maisano
WINEs ON LIST 519 (21 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($22-$10 by the glass)

Hankering for champagne, an aged Cullen Diana Madeline or maybe something delicious by the glass? Masani has all that and more. There’s a focus on Australian shiraz and cabernet sauvignon off-set by a selection of Italian wines from benchmarch producers including Vietti and Isole e Olena.

Meat Fish Wine

31 Artemis Lne, Melbourne
(03) 8660 6333

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Paul Bryant
WINEs ON LIST 570 (24 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($190-$12 by the glass)

Fancy a caberlot? Italian Il Carnasciale is the only producer of the variety and you can try it by the glass. Brilliant. It’s a perfect match to steak while there’s a choice selection of whites for seafood. Aussie classics from Barossa shiraz to Hunter Valley semillon off-set the European wines.


116 Bridport St, Albert Park
(03) 9690 5155

CUISINE Steakhouse/Seafood/Mediterranean
WINE LIST Sonia Popovic
WINEs ON LIST 268 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($14-$8 by the glass)

A selection of great Australian wines and styles at affordable prices are the heart of this list. It’s not parochial as it spreads out to include champagne, New Zealand pinot noir and European favourites such as gruner veltliner or something a bit different such as malvasia from Croatia.

Melbourne Supper Club

161 Spring St, Melbourne
(03) 9654 6300

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Chris Broughton
WINEs ON LIST 750 (19 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($24-$9 by the glass)

You could be forgiven for thinking a Berta grappa is a perfect nightcap instead you’ve ordered prestige champagne from this benchmark list. An astonishing array from the great Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Giacomo Conterno and Best’s Great Western to more accessible wines. Plus the fortified and spirits selection is mind-blowing.


12 St Huberts Rd, Coldstream
(03) 9739 1888

WINE LIST Martin Rendek
WINEs ON LIST 54 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($19-$10 by the glass)

This delightful Yarra cafe is attached to a guesthouse with luxury accommodation and is open to the public. The small list has an extensive range by the glass. It focuses on the Yarra with established favourites and cutting edge producers sharing the limelight.  There are some international reference points as well as excellent wines from other parts of Victoria. The range of varieties featured is substantial and so there's something for everyone.


81 High St, Northcote
(03) 9939 4762

CUISINE Modern European
WINE LIST Bronwyn Kabboord
WINEs ON LIST 50 (14 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($24-$9 by the glass)

Merricote’s small list is proof variety and choice can flourish with its precise and exciting selection of 50 bottles from Australia and Europe. Trusty performers from riesling and pinot noir sit neatly with petit arvine and xinomavro. Bonus there’s a snappy beer and sake range.

Merrijig Kitchen

1 Campbell St, Port Fairy
(03) 5568 2324

CUISINE Regional
WINE LIST Tanya Connellan
WINEs ON LIST 211 (12 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($18-$10 by the glass)

What a fabulous small yet diverse list showcasing the region’s finest especially riesling so expect Crawford River and Hochkirch to star. But wait, there’s more. In between there’s delight and joy with a focus on Jacques Puffeney’s Jura whites or Best’s Great Western or a classic Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon.

Mitchell Harris

38 Doveton St, Nth Ballarat
(03) 5331 8931

CUISINE Modern Tapas/Bar Food
WINE LIST John Harris
WINEs ON LIST 146 (31 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($13-$9 by the glass)

A superbly crafted small list full of diversity, delight and deliciousness plus this wine bar and store seconds as winemaker Mitchell Harris’ cellar door. Cool. Taste his terrific range or something from the region Henty Farm pinot gris perhaps or a stand-alone such as Passopisciaro Etna Rosso or an aged Vasse Felix Heytesbury. Bravo Mitchell Harris.

Neapoli Wine Bar

30 Russell Pl, Melbourne
(03) 9650 5020

WINE LIST Adam Cotterell & Lilly Lapper
WINEs ON LIST 80 (14 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($17.50-$7.50 by the glass)

Is this Melbourne’s best little wine list? Maybe yet Neapoli covers all bases offering mouth-watering Australian chardonnay, textural Austrian gruner veltliners and spicy syrah with rare treats in-between from the Piedmontese red pelaverga to Frankland Estate’s mourvedre. As a stylish bar, there are plenty of fine spirits and classy cocktails to match.

Neighbourhood Wine

1 Reid St, Fitzroy North
(03) 9486 8306

CUISINE European
WINE LIST Simon Denman
WINEs ON LIST 380 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($22-$9 by the glass)

You don’t have to be a hipster to chill out at Neighbourhood Wine with its abundance of orange and natural selections - just be as adventurous. Try the skin-contact whites from Dario Princic or Milton’s exquisite Libiamo. Small, quality producers are in the mix the likes of Gembrook Hill. Guaranteed, something for everyone.


8 Whiteman St, Southbank
(03) 9292 5777

CUISINE Japanese
WINEs ON LIST 280 (25 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($35-$12 by the glass)

Sake takes centre stage at Nobu but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy German or Australian riesling either. Its well-considered, compact list offers fine chardonnay and pinot noir yet fuller-bodied red fans will be happy with the Barossa shiraz and Californian cabernet sauvignon choices.

Ocha Japanese Restaurant

3 Church St, Hawthorn
(03) 9853 6002

CUISINE Japanese
WINE LIST Michelle Rogerson & Andrew Watts junior
WINEs ON LIST 100 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($17-$9.50 by the glass)

This is an engaging small list of 100, chaotic and full of the joy of drinking (in moderation). The Japanese sakes and spirits are worth dipping into as is the selection of wines from Victoria. There's plenty to like elsewhere around Australia and the globe. It balances the familiar with the cutting edge and is full of pleasant surprises.

Parker Street Project

98 Parker St, Dunkeld
(03) 5577 2241

CUISINE Seasonal Australian
WINE LIST Marcus Radny
WINEs ON LIST 78 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($24-$9 by the glass)

Parker Street Project is the revamped public bar at the Royal Mail with a focus on simplicity and seasonal organic produce to create unfussy pub fare. The small list focuses on a handful of varietals and includes a ripper selection by the glass so Pondalowie tempranillo is a winner with the brioche beef burger.

Pei Modern Melbourne

13/45 Collins St, Melbourne
(03) 9654 8545

CUISINE Contemporary
WINE LIST Ainslie Lubbock & Shane Harris
WINEs ON LIST 300 (16 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($16-$12 by the glass)

Palo cortado by the glass. Aromatic whites or textural, juicy reds. Pei Modern offers a range of excellent Australian and European drinking options without getting bogged down in varietal definitions. It’s a refreshing change and not confusing. Yes, shiraz is under the ‘Depth & Weight’ listing.

Petit Tracteur

1208 Mornington Flinders Rd, Main Ridge
(03) 5989 2510

WINE LIST Jacques Savary de Beauregard
WINEs ON LIST 99 (31 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($29-$7 by the glass)

Petit Tracteur is a new bistro and bar from the gang behind Ten Minutes by Tractor, which is why its estate wines feature alongside other regional drops. Its Gallic menu means French dominates the small list, especially chardonnay and pinot noir from Australia and Burgundy.

Point Albert Park

Aquatic Dr, Albert Park, South Melbourne
(03) 9682 5566

CUISINE Contemporary Australian
WINE LIST Nicholas Parkhouse & Owen Gibbons
WINEs ON LIST 1836 (31 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($39-$13 by the glass)

Wines of pedigree grace this astonishing list from grand crus to first growths to the finest Australian shiraz. While France and French varietals dominate, there’s diversity dotted throughout from Italy, Spain and Portugal. There’s a killer by the glass selection too.

Press Club

72 Flinders St, Melbourne
(03) 9677 9677

CUISINE Modern Greek
WINE LIST Andrew Phillpot and Fabien Moalic
WINEs ON LIST 843 (24 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($37-$8 by the glass)

The vast wine cellar at The Press Club is a highly curated collection of power and grace delivering rare access to the world’s cult crus. Hero varietals of the Hellenic republic include assyrtiko, moschofilero, agiororgitiko and xinomavro perfectly paired with George Calombaris’ avant-garde take on Greek cuisine.


86 Ford St, Beechworth
(03) 5728 1786

CUISINE Contemporary
WINE LIST Damian Moylan
WINEs ON LIST 350 (38 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($35-$12 by the glass)

An impressive list based on three corners - classics and usual suspects, emerging stars and regional gems. A fine collection of sake as well. look to the great local names such as Giaconda, Savaterre and Castagna or some of the exciting newer wineries. And of course, great fortifieds.

RACV City Club

501 Bourke St, Melbourne
(03) 9944 0000

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Christian Maier
WINEs ON LIST 608 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($32-$5 by the glass)

If Australian classic reds are your wine of choice, you’re at the right club. Drool over verticals of Quintet or Hill of Grace but there’s more besides. Added interest comes from local and international wines such as Quealy’s Turbul friulano or tempranillo from Rioja.

Red Emperor

M10, Mid Level Level 2, Southgate Complex, 3 Southgate Ave, Melbourne
(03) 9699 4170

WINE LIST Christine Yong
WINEs ON LIST 235 (38 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($21.50-$5.50 by the glass)

Dim sum is an institution at Red Emperor and being one of Melbourne’s best means the wine list has to be on par. There are fabulous options here, a balance between familiar friends the likes of Pewsey Vale riesling to benchmarks or gems such as Freycinet pinot noir or Kumeu River Mate chardonnay.

Red Spice QV

37 Artemis Lne, Melbourne
(03) 8660 6300

CUISINE Modern Asian
WINE LIST Matthew Lamb
WINEs ON LIST 52 (13 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($18-$7 by the glass)

Red Spice QV is all about sharing from the menu to the snappy, short wine list. Textural and aromatic varieties feature with a spicy Rijoa tempranillo or gruner veltliner just right with its most popular dish – pork belly with chilli caramel and apple slaw.

Red Spice Road

27 McKillop St, Melbourne
(03) 9603 1601

CUISINE Southeast Asian
WINE LISTMatthew Lamb
WINEs ON LIST 87 (14 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($18-$11.50 by the glass)

Aromatic and textural wines carry this small list and that’s just what’s needed at this bustling south-east Asian restaurant. Glaezter Dixon Uberblanc, Domane Wachau gruner veltliner or Home Hill pinot noir will all match brilliantly to prawn jungle curry.

Rockpool Bar & Grill

3/8 Whiteman St, Melbourne
(03) 8648 1900

CUISINE Contemporary
WINE LIST Ash Boburka
WINEs ON LIST 1600 (32 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($280-$11 by the glass)

Is it the comprehensive offering from Champagne, Burgundy and Bordeaux? Or the slick Italian and Spanish selections or the range of Australian vintages that makes Rockpool’s list one of the country’s finest? Yes and more besides. Diversity, depth and a love of beautiful wine are at its heart. Bravo.


9/8 Whiteman St, Melbourne
(03) 8648 1999

WINE LIST Lisa Cardelli
WINEs ON LIST 650 (27 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($40-$10 by the glass)

Italy rules at Rosetta so its thrilling wine list celebrates the finest and quirkiest producers from Barolo, Tuscany, Campania, Sicily and more. On the varietal front, Australia features, too, from a Dal Zotto prosecco, sangiovese from Pizzini or a Luke Lambert nebbiolo.

Royal Mail

98 Parker St, Dunkeld
(03) 5577 2241

CUISINE Seasonal Australian
WINE LIST Marcus Radny
WINEs ON LIST 3500 (30 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($150-$9 by the glass)

While the lower case typeface is distracting, the content is highly attractive. A stunning and extensive selection of styles and producers including verticals of J.J.Prum riesling and Best’s pinot meunier. The high-end tome is off-set by a choice mix of 150 wines under $150 plus a hot by the glass list.

Saint Crispin

300 Smith St, Collingwood
(03) 9419 2202

CUISINE Contemporary
WINE LIST Rod Morris
WINEs ON LIST 100 (14 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($28-$11 by the glass)

Saint Crispin’s compact and neat wine list offers a whirl-wind tour of many great regions and the result is delicious drinking by the glass or bottle. Albarino from Spain, Aglianico from Campania, St Laurent from Austria and riesling from Australia are represented.


6 Melbourne Pl, Melbourne
(03) 9663 9882

CUISINE Armenian
WINE LIST Anna Healy
WINEs ON LIST 90 (14 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$ ($19-$10 by the glass)

Armenian and Middle Eastern dishes are the heart of Sezar and its small, thrilling wine list reflects that heritage. Expect to find gems from Georgia, Armenia, Lebanon and Greece partnered to more familiar Australian names and more. A lovely surprise in a compact package.

Shark Fin House

131 Little Bourke St, Melbourne
(03) 9663 1555

WINE LIST Shermen Cheung
WINEs ON LIST 340 (24 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($16-$6.50 by the glass)

Daily, Shark Fin House serves up Cantonese dishes and trolleys of dim sum to hoards of fans. Its keenly priced drinks list ensures those wanting a refreshing, uncomplicated drop are catered for as much as those keen on lingering on a Felton Road pinot noir or wine by KT riesling. And bargains on the limited stock list.

Shoya Japanese

25 Market Lne, Melbourne
(03) 9650 0848

CUISINE Japanese
WINE LIST Cimmarro Lau
WINEs ON LIST 220 (19 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($25-$9 by the glass)

This classically styled list places emphasis on wines of texture and dimension to create harmony with the complex flavours of new wave Japanese cuisine. Opening with an extensive sake selection, a reliable stable of Australian icons and a smattering of international names includes Leeuwin, Bass Phillip, Giaconda and Chapoutier.


8 Whiteman St, Southbank
(03) 9292 6888

WINE LIST Kenneth Ho
WINEs ON LIST 300 (23 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($78-$12 by the glass)

A solid selection of benchmark wines at Southbank’s renowned Cantonese restaurant places boutique local stars like Savaterre, Luke Lambert and Bicknell FC alongside international greats Dujac, Lafite  and Margaux. A large collection of Penfolds vintages and aged Moutai will appeal to connoisseurs of China’s revered spirit.


213 High St, Prahran
(03) 9514 2444

WINE LIST David Newman and Yan Qiu (Ollie) Wang
WINEs ON LIST 298 (31 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($19-$8 by the glass)

This cosmopolitan wine list encompasses well-chosen examples of styles and varieties spanning the globe. Whether it’s Marlborough sauvignon, Henty riesling, Spanish red, Rhone or gamay noir, diners in this trendy Prahran hot spot are sure to find a satisfying drop. A solid glass selection also offers plenty of scope.

Source Dining

72 Piper St, Kyneton
(03) 5422 2039

CUISINE Regional
WINE LIST Tim Foster
WINEs ON LIST 255 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($25-$10 by the glass)

This locavore list shines a light on Victoria, featuring boutique producers across the regions of Macedon, Mornington, Beechworth, Heathcote and Yarra Valley interspersed with international perspective from Burgundy and the Rhone. Bigger red territory harks towards well-known names of Coonawarra and Barossa alongside Spanish and Italianate styles.

Spice Temple Melbourne

3/8 Whiteman St, Melbourne
(03) 8679 1888

WINE LIST David Lawler
WINEs ON LIST 100 (19 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($28-$11 by the glass)

This inspiring catalogue of one hundred wines is judiciously chosen to harmonize with Neil Perry’s extraordinary Asian flavours. A delightful wealth of aromatic whites from Keller, Felton Road and La Violetta join spicy shiraz, supple pinot noir, blaufrankisch and mencia from likes of Rippon, Palacios and Domaine Simha.

Squires Loft Nunawading

54/288 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading
(03) 9894 0583

CUISINE Steakhouse
WINE LIST Ross Brown
WINEs ON LIST 76 (34 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($14.50-$6.50 by the glass)

This list is dedicated to the heartland of Australian wine. Flagships from Grosset, Tyrrells, Peter Lehmann, d’Arenberg and Majella are well represented alongside modern heroes like William Downie and Sami-Odi. A large range of shiraz and cabernet by the glass along with a reserve list of museum vintages are well pitched to accompany classic
steakhouse fare.

Steak Ministry Bar & Grill

39 Kingsway, Glen Waverley
(03) 9560 1818

CUISINE Steakhouse
WINE LIST Hamish Small
WINEs ON LIST 210 (23 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($22-$9 by the glass)

This gun-toting wine list is big on rich reds squarely aimed at grass, grain fed and wagyu fillets. Structured Barolo and Super-Tuscan styles shirtfront shiraz and cabernet staples from Angus the Bull, Howard Park, Wynns and Rockford SVS label. Break out highlights from the USA complete the New York steakhouse theme.


23 Bank Pl, Melbourne
(03) 9670 1777

CUISINE European
WINE LIST Patrick Berry
WINEs ON LIST 522 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($20-$12 by the glass)

After almost two decades at the top, Syracuse still shows how to produce a great list. So many suprises - Long Island Friulano, Pennyweight Fino from Jerez, 1984 Seppelt Sparkling Burgundy… Careful curation and a clear focus on fascinating wines of quality from all the pockets of the earth; a lingering sigh in the direction of Victoria; a place for wines no one else stocks; this is a list of the highest quality that deserves celebrating.

Tani Eat & Drink

100 Gavan St, Bright
(03) 5750 1304

CUISINE Contemporary Regional
WINE LIST Rachel Reed
WINEs ON LIST 77 (16 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($16-$7 by the glass)

This eclectic wine list resonates with individual character and excitement. A unique gathering of avant-garde producers focused around North Eastern Victoria and beyond is calculated to inspire. Take your pick from Billy Button, Chalmers and Mac Forbes or venture further afield with Dormilona, Didier and Filipa Pato.

Taxi Kitchen

Federation Square, Cnr Flinders
& Swanston St, Melbourne

(03) 9654 8808

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Ben Preston
WINEs ON LIST 205 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($23-$10 by the glass)

The list at this Melbourne institution is devoted to showcasing the diversity of Victorian wine regions. The treasure trove of local gems extends from Henty, the Grampians and Pyrenees through Macedon, Geelong, Mornington and Strathboogie to the King and Alpine Valleys. Whether you are seeking spectacular pinot noir, spicy high country shiraz or more adventurous flavour, there’s an abundance of choice.

Ten Minutes By Tractor

1333 Mornington Flinders Rd, Main Ridge
(03) 5989 6455

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Jacques Savary de Beauregard
WINEs ON LIST 1031 (41 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($29-$11 by the glass)

This exceptionally detailed list conveys a passion for chardonnay, pinot noir and cool climate varietals. The Ten Minutes by Tractor wines take pride of place alongside local Mornington producers and leading examples from Tasmania, Burgundy and beyond. Very strong international representation is accompanied by informative content and maps throughout.

Tender Trap

266 Blackburn Rd, East Doncaster
(03) 9842 3466

CUISINE Contemporary
WINE LIST Chris Moraitis
WINEs ON LIST 226 (19 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($13.50-$9 by the glass)

This is a list that speaks clearly to its clientele. A sound range of shiraz and cabernet sauvignon highlights the demand for top names like Yeringberg, Cullen, Grosset, Majella and Standish Wine Co. Spanish and Italian varietals like mencia, tempranillo and nero d’avola add interest alongside benchmark Victorian pinot noir.

Terra Rossa

87 Flinders Lne, Melbourne
(03) 9650 0900

WINE LIST Giovanni Laera
WINEs ON LIST 67 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$ ($13-$8 by the glass)

This short, smart list presents excellent value. Easy drinking dolcetto d’Alba, Tuscan reds and fresh textural whites like fiano, garganega and vermentino drink well with Mediterranean inspired fare at this popular Flinders Lane haunt. A boutique collection of rare older vintages from the cellars of Tyrrells and Henschke add gravitas.

Terrace At All Saints

315 All Saints Rd, Wahgunyah
(02) 6035 2222

CUISINEModern Australian
WINE LIST Nicholas Brown
WINEs ON LIST 98 (13 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($165-$12 by the glass)

This winery restaurant features an impressive listing of museum wines from the All Saint’s family cellar. Local marsanne, shiraz and durif are accented by an affordable international selection. The luscious collection of renowned Rutherglen muscadelle and muscat tops off this rewarding country dining experience.

Thousand Pound

82 Main St, Rutherglen
(02) 6035 2222

WINE LIST Nicholas Brown
WINEs ON LIST 145 (14 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$ ($165-$8 by the glass)

This relaxed Rutherglen wine bar places emphasis on family owned companies and Victorian labels. The bold flavours of old vine shiraz and durif from all Saints, Campbell’s, Jones Winery and St Leonard’s Vineyard take centre stage. Aromatic whites and alternative varietals
lend international perspective while the region’s famous fortifieds shine.


20 Duckboard Pl, Melbourne
(03) 9650 3155

CUISINE Modern Indian
WINE LIST Travis Howe
WINEs ON LIST333 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($26-$5 by the glass)

This sensitive list provides perfect pairings to the modern Indian kitchen at Tonka. Serious sparkle from the grower houses of Champagne are backed up by charming aromatics from Pichler, Kusuda, Milton and Weinbach. Supple gamay, pinot noir and Southern Rhone varietals abound, while interesting Italian reds from Piedmont, Sicily and Liguria are offset by local counterparts.

Town Mouse

312 Drummond St, Melbourne
(03) 9347 3312

CUISINE Contemporary Australian
WINE LIST Meira Harel
WINEs ON LIST 96 (24 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($19.50-$11 by the glass)

The adventurous list at this suburban wine bar is an energizing romp through the world of cult and avant-garde wine. Pet sec and grower Champagne lead to Yettie and the Kokonut Sercial, Radikon Jakot and
Vini Viti Vinci Irancy. A strong leaning towards natural and organic wines with many moments of brilliance encourages the uninitiated to venture into new territory.

Two Buoys

209 Point Nepean Rd, Dromana
(03) 5981 8488

WINE LIST Joshua Ball
WINEs ON LIST 375 (17 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($15-$7.50 by the glass)

The list at this casual seaside tapas bar delivers across a range of classic and contemporary Australian styles. Grosset, Leeuwin Estate, SC Pannell and Giaconda meet well-chosen international benchmarks like Donhoff, GD Vajra and Felton Road. Good value pricing with something to suit most every palate.

Union Dining

270 Swan St, Richmond
(03) 9428 2988

CUISINE Modern Provincial European
WINEs ON LIST 124 (13 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($17-$11 by the glass)

This small but nicely curated list follows a provincial ethos, highlighting the vinous treasures of local Victorian growers and their European counterparts. Dalwhinnie and Savaterre sit comfortably together with Hubert Lamy and Domaine de L’Arlot. Smart and affordable wines by the glass include Languedoc picpoul, Heathcote vermentino and Rioja tempranillo. Happy days.


Rear 681 Glenferrie Rd, Melbourne
(03) 9078 5492

CUISINE Venetian
WINE LIST David Wickwar & Kim Coronica
WINEs ON LIST 62 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($19-$8 by the glass)

The wines of Veneto take centre stage in keeping with the culture of this Venetian inspired haven. Take your pick of Soave, Valpolicella and Amarone or select one of many Italianate styles across wider Italy and Australia. Look out for Ca’ La Bionda, Fratelli Tedeschi, Pizzini and Chalmers. They also make a mean ‘Vaperol’ spritz.

Vue Grand Hotel

46 Hesse St, Queenscliff
(03) 5258 1544

CUISINE Contemporary
WINE LISTCaleb Fleet
WINEs ON LIST190 (10 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($13-$9 by the glass)

Feed your craft beer obsession with an incredible assemblage of brews at this historic hotel. When it comes to wine, Australian producers are the heroes. Geelong is well represented by Bannockburn, By Farr, Oakdene, Leura Park and Scotchman’s Hill, while a handful of international names round out the offering.

Wine And The Country

Shop 1/97 Vincent St, Daylesford
(03) 5348 3756

CUISINE Charcuterie & Cheese
WINE LIST Jen Latta, Owen Latta & Bronwyn Liddelow
WINEs ON LIST 330 (16 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($22-$10 by the glass)

There’s a lot to love at this Daylesford wine haunt where regional Victorian icons like Sutton Grange and Bindi rub shoulders with rock stars of the world’s biodynamic, organic and natural movements. Adventure seekers can discover modern Chablis by Thomas Pico, skin fermented ribolla gialla, anfora or qvevri wine from the likes of Dario Princic and Pheasant’s Tears.

Woodland House

78 Williams Rd, Prahran
(03) 9525 2178

CUISINE Contemporary
WINE LIST Gareth Burnett
WINEs ON LIST 414 (21 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($55-$14 by the glass)

This is an outstanding list that highlights many of Australia's finest wines alongside some of the great wines of Europe. It focuses on varieties from Australasia  showing greater depth with chardonnay, pinot, cabernet and shiraz both here and in France. But offers much more than that.