A great wine shop is one I have to literally be dragged out of. It’s a place of immense wonder and intrigue. Whether it’s full of diverse international wines or local tipples, great bargains or exclusive vinos, a great wine shop is a place you simply can’t get enough of. And I’m happy to report Perth has a few goodies when it comes to wine bottle shops. So here are 6 wine shops in and around Perth that I have come across so far which have had that special little something to offer an obsessed wine lover like myself – and no doubt you too!
I have so much admiration for Chateau Guildford which is the Cellarbrations on the corner of Swan Street and West Swan Road in Guildford. Always friendly service and wow I’m amazed every time I walk in the shop. They are strong supporters of the Swan Valley (which is great for after hours shopping when the cellar doors are closed) and WA wines. Plus they have a small yet amazing collection of French Champagne (it’s where Mr. Spittoon got me my beloved bottle of 2006 Cristal Rose which I am still yet to open!) and I also think their wine buyer has a love of white Burgundy as their range of French Chardonnay makes me envious. As soon as I enter the shop I always have to check out the alternative varieties section as I’ve found so many gems here. I’m so lucky to have this as one of my local bottlo’s!
Address: 124 Swan St, Guildford WA 6055
It was only a year ago that I found La Vigna due to a lot of wine industry people telling me it’s the place to go for wine retail in Perth. It’s located on Walcott Street in Menora and they have a fabulous range of wines from all over the world. This includes a lot of aged and rare wines (which you can taste at in-store tastings like the one I went to recently) plus they were the very first wine shop in WA to have their own purpose-built underground wine cellar. Therefore if you want advice on what wines to buy for your own cellar, these guys are the ones to speak too. Plus keep an eye out for upcoming tastings and wine appreciation courses held in the cellar.
Address: 302 Walcott St, Menora WA 6050
Petition Wine Bar & Merchant
Mr. Spittoon and I decided to check out the wine library at Petition a few weeks ago and what a gem it is! Firstly it’s a very cool space in the State Buildings on the corner of Barrack Street and St Georges Terrace – simply gorgeous (I felt like I should have been dressed pin-up style!). It’s a merchant and a wine bar as the name suggests so you can enjoy a glass or bottle in store teamed with the likes of fresh oysters or other small bites. Or you can enjoy your wine takeaway. As a result all wines have 2 prices on. The selection is really interesting – a nice range of boutique local offerings you wouldn’t typically see in bottle shops alongside some highly impressive international vinos. I could spend all day perusing this store for treasures.
Address: Barrack St & St Georges Tce, Perth WA 6000
Steve’s Wine Store
This Nedlands spot has changed quite a bit since my first visit. It’s gone from bottle shop to shop & bistro to shop, bistro and masterclasses/tasting events. It’s great to see venues in Perth upping their games. I have to admit my favourite part of Steves is the underground cellar, especially when it’s chock-a-block full of wine. For me Steve’s is where I’d go for a great and interesting selection of international wines + I have really enjoyed a number of tasting there. A couple of the standouts was the champagne masterclass and the Torbreck & Rusden dinner.
Address: 30 The Avenue, Nedlands WA 6009
Grand Cru Wine Shop & Cellar
I’ve ventured into Grand Cru a few times when on Beaufort. The first time was by accident as we were waiting for our order at Crust and thought to kill the time we’d find some vino to go with it. It has a great selection of recognisable brands as well as some interesting and different bottles. Plus now that Crust across the road is dine-in and BYO you can easily get a wine to go with your pizza. Actually there are quite a few BYO restaurants in the area.
Address: 654 Beaufort St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
De Vine Cellars
Last year for St. Patrick’s Day I decided to get my Irish on and try Buckfast. De Vine Cellars in Inglewood is one of the few Perth shops to stock Buckfast and boy am I so glad I went on the hunt for this rather interesting ‘tonic wine’. I don’t know if I can say I’m the biggest fan of Bucky but what wowed me about De Vine Cellars was the special eurocave like room with a gorgeous amount of French champagne in. Their website doesn’t do them justice, so go have a look for yourself when you’re next in the area.
Address: 911 Beaufort St, Inglewood WA 6052
I’ve also heard good things about Swanbourne Cellars on Claremont Crescent in Swanbourne, the Lalla Rookh wine store on St Georges Terraces in the Perth CBD and also Gangemi’s Fine Wine in the city on Hay Street.