When most people think of Germany, they think beer. However, the country has much more to offer. Cities like Berlin also have alluring wine bars in trendy neighborhoods like Kreuzberg. Here are the best spots.
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Kreuzberg’s not only riesling is a wine bar and shop whose name aptly suggests that selections found here go far beyond typical German varieties. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable in helping customers choose a glass or a bottle to bring home. Meanwhile, not only riesling’s interior is cozy and stylish. It largely comprises creamy hues of white and timber tones. The wines are on display in a shelving system that spans from wall to wall. Plus, like any proper wine bar, not only riesling has lots of yummy snacks on offer as accompaniment for the wine. The Kreuzberg location is situated near the trendy Bergmannkiez. There is another in Charlottenburg as well.
Facciola is one of Kreuzberg’s most established wine bars, and the collection here comprises only of products that the owner, Aurora Facciola, has tasted herself. This place specializes in Italian wines. Each one is personally selected and brought back to the shop straight from various regions of the country. This includes the Piedmont, which borders France and Switzerland. Italian meats, cheeses, and other munchies are served on handmade Italian cutting boards. Facciola’s passion for great wines reflects in the menu offerings as well as the atmosphere. It is clear that each item incorporated into the dining experience and the decor has a story.
Located right by the bustling Markthalle Neun in the Wrangelkiez, Weinbar Gallina also specializes in Italian vino imported from small-scale wineries. It is made in accordance with traditional recipes. They also serve antipasti and other more substantial fare. This includes sausages and other cured meats. From the hand-drawn signs and rustic decor, it is apparent that a lot of love goes into this shop and wine bar. Weinbar Gallina offers many of their wines and other Italian treats for sale to take home. This spot aptly claims to offer each guest that ‘dolce vita feeling’.
Located in a former butchery, Hammers Weinkostbar is a quaint little wine bar and French deli near Volkspark Hasenheid. It has a bright red awning and outdoor seating on classic wood and wrought iron furniture. The goal of the menu at Hammers Weinkostbar is to highlight traditional preparations and European culinary delicacies. They also aim to use sustainable business practices. Hammers Weinkostbar holds wine-tasting seminars complete with appetizers, too.
Based in Kreuz-Kölln, Galatea Wine and Music is a wine bar with an utterly gorgeous interior. It features an exposed brick wall and red color accents along with a richly toned wood floor. Candles are set aglow on each table and along the walls to create a stunning ambiance. This Spanish wine bar also serves an array of tapas, and they host live music sets each weekend. What’s more is that its owners, Guido and David, fabricated the space by hand. Also, be sure to check out their deli, Azafrán, located nearby.
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Köpenicker Weinladen Max Hoch is located in Kreuzberg near the East Side Gallery and the Spree. The wine list features German varieties from all over the country. It is complemented with wines sourced from well-known vineyards throughout Europe, including renowned types from Hungary. Many of these wines are of excellent quality yet they are sold at affordable prices. Not to mention, the staff is always happy to help customers find the perfect variety to go with any meal. The vast number of wine bottles housed in the shop and wine bar are stacked in crates that line the walls. This gives Köpenicker Weinladen Max Hoch a relaxed, authentic feel.
Many of the wines at Ottorink Weinbar originate in the Mosselle River region between Germany and France. Therefore, the wine bar’s interior has been decorated to correspond to the aesthetics of the area. For instance, the striking slate countertops, which also come from the Mosselle River, give Ottorink a distinctive feel. This wine bar specializes in white wines that have a bouquet of flavors thanks to the minerals found in the river. Naturally, most of the wines at Ottorink are from Germany. Howeverm there are some good options from places like France, Spain, and even South America.
Die Legende von Paula & Ben or ‘The Legend of Paula and Ben’ is a sultry wine bar in the Bergmannkiez. The pride of their wine repertoire is the selection of rieslings and muskatellers, both quintessential German varieties. The elongated interior is dimly lit and dressed in a color scheme of deep yellows and golds. In addition to the wines, Die Legende von Paula & Ben also serves a fantastic selection of cocktails from the large bar. In fact, they have more than 40 different types of rum alone. In addition to plentiful seating at the bar, there are leather-upholstered chairs at the back that provide a more intimate setting.