Stockholm has great restaurants which pair delicious food with an great wine list, but drinking wine outside of meals, as is so often done in Southern Europe, is less common, and it can be difficult to find a glass of good wine on its own. However, wine bars are gaining in popularity and there are now some very fine establishments for the wine aficionados among us. Here we explore the very best the city has to offer.
Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town, can seem like just another tourist trap in terms of eating and shopping but this impression could not be more wrong. Indeed, it is chock full of trendy places even locals enjoy visiting. One of these is Gaston, a wine bar that can boast the expertise of five experienced sommeliers. The wine list is varied, with a large selection of Californian wines, creative Roussillon bottles and some classic Bourgogne appellations like Pouilly-Fussé or Chablis. The interior is typically Scandinavian, slick, practical, and aesthetically pleasing.
Gaston, Mälartorget 15, Stockholm, Sweden, +46 8 400 206 04
Also in Gamla Stan, Corvina Enoteca serves an extensive wine selection focusing on Southern Europe and also food to go with it, from homemade fennel salami and mushroom risotto to the inevitable cheese platter. All of this in an interior created by popular Swedish designer Jon Eliason. But the focus is indubitably on the wines. Over 50 different ones are available by the glass, including Delamotte champagne. There is an especially high number of Italian bottles, from all wine making regions, making it the perfect setting to (re)discover that country’s viticulture.
Corvina Enotica, Kornhamnstorg 47, Stockholm, Sweden, +46 8 660 59 97