Ever wandered into a bottle shop and wished you could try before you buy? At Milton Wine Shop, it’s not only possible, but encouraged.
The small wine bar offers an impressive selection of wine from all over the world, representing producers who focus on quality, honesty and terroir in their winemaking. Stocking both old and new world wines, including some left-of-centre options, it’s a haven for trying something new. Best of all, every drop is available to take away, meaning you can replicate the drinking experience at home.
Owned and operated by Mark Nelson and Lyndon Kubis, Milton Wine Shop is the result of their combined efforts and shared visions. As the current owner of Toorak Cellars in Armadale, Lyndon was looking to replicate his successful formula elsewhere, while Mark was keen to start a new business. Their partnership has resulted in a boutique bar that offers visitors the chance to experiment with their regular wine decisions.
There’s a drop for everyone in the exposed brick and timber-accented venue. Mark and Lyndon pride themselves on showcasing boutique domestic producers, with 50% of their offerings coming from Australia, and a large portion of these from Victoria.
Low intervention and natural wines sit alongside the great classics, offering diversity with every drop. The list of wines poured in-store changes regularly, reflecting seasonality and what cellars well. Past bubblies have included the Borgo Molino Prosecco from Treviso, Italy, and La Grange Tiphaine ‘Nouveau Nez’ Chenin Blanc from Loire, France.
On any given night you might find an Australian riesling from the ACT sitting between a chardonnay from the famed Margaret River, and a trebbiano from Italy. Red lovers will be tempted with a pinot noir from the Mornington Peninsula, a cabernet franc from Loire, France or a shiraz from nearby Heathcote.
And despite the name, it’s not just wine at Milton Wine Shop. Stop by for a pint of IPA or try something very different with a sour fruit beer or an organic apple cider.
Wine is made all that much better when there’s delicious food to accompany it and so there are also a number of snacks on offer. Choose from an indulgent cheese boards or fancy jaffles, filled with whatever meat they are slicing that day and the regularly rotated house cheese. There’s also gravlax, vitello tonnato and daily terrine to share.
Wine aficionados should keep their eyes out for special events throughout the year. From events designed for tasting and learning about different drops, to intimate dinners with distinguished winemakers and the perfect night of wine and food pairing, there’s always something exciting on the horizon.
With so many options at your fingertips, you’re better off getting comfy by the open fireplace or finding a seat in the leafy courtyard and enjoying all that’s on offer. There’s a high chance you’re going to stick around for a while.