We hereby proclaim that winter now be called wine-ter for both the purposes of this story and because wine is the perfect accompaniment to winter. Because it warms you from the inside out and also makes you forget how cold it is for a bit.
Here on the Gold Coast, Australia’s new foodie paradise, there is quite the array of venues boasting exceptional vino lists so you will be both warm and happy all winter long.
In honour of that, here are 12 Gold Coast restaurants with top-notch wine lists for your trawling pleasure.
Up Southport way is the stunning little space that is Jafa – a wine and pizza bar boasting quite the unique array of vinos that are perfectly paired with the menu. Have you ever tried an orange wine? There’s one on the menu here, trust us it’s amazing. Not to mention an impressive array of reds from Syrah’s to Nebiolo and some we’ve never before come across.
Where: 7/253 Ferry Rd, Southport
Moo Moo The Wine Bar + Grill
An oldie but a goodie, Moo Moo has been a Broadbeach institution for many years. The carefully curated wine menu is not only extremely extensive but it will absolutely awaken your tastebuds to flavours you’ve probably never experienced from across the world. Drops from France, Argentina, Spain and of course, closer to home are on offer and you might want to go back a few times.
Where: 2685 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach
Social Eating House + Bar
A casual, fine dining venue in the heart of Broadbeach, Social Eating House + Bar is the perfect place for an-award winning feast plus a wine or two to match. The wine menu is broken down into easy-to-choose sections including sections like light and aromatic whites, light to medium body reds and Chardonnay and Chablis to name a few. The team are extremely knowledgeable and can certainly help you find something to suit your tastes.
Where: Shop 137-138, 3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach
Nineteen at The Star
A five-star venue overlooking the ocean and 19 floors up is the perfect place to enjoy an exceptional wine and Nineteen at The Star is exactly that. Not to mention they have a walk in, glass window wine room filled with hundreds of bottles of the very finest wines from across the world. Of course the team at Nineteen are absolutely stars when it comes to wine knowledge, not to mention pairing said wines with their dishes. Treat yourself to a time at Nineteen, it’s pure magic.
Where: The Star Gold Coast, Casino Drive, Broadbeach
The Wine Barrel
As you might expect, a restaurant called The Wine Barrel has quite the selection of wine for your tasting pleasure. The Mudgeeraba gem boasts one of the very best wine lists around and the gurus behind the bar will ensure yours is an experience to remember. From Margaret River to Tuscany and sparkling to sherry, there’s sure to be a tipple that’ll tickle your tastebuds (and the food is the goods too). Love this place.
Where: 8/59 Railway Street, Mudgeeraba
No doubt you’ve noticed the unrivalled wine room that exists at Nobby’s favourite Hellenika, it’s the length of half the upstairs space and we would really love to go hang out in there for a little while please. Back to the wine. Every single bottle on the list has been chosen to compliment the incredible menu and each one has a reason for being included. Of course Greek wines make an appearance, as do varieties from many other regions known for their world-class sips. Hellenika employs the needle-through-the-cork system that ensures wine can be taken out of the bottle without the remainder being spoiled. Which means premium wine, at its best. Perfection each and every time.
Where: 2235 Gold Coast Highway, means Beach
Frederick’s Wine Bar
A relative newbie on the list, Frederick’s Wine Bar made its mark on Nobby’s in 2018 and, as is the way with a wine bar, the dishes are perfectly matched to the MANY varieties of wine on offer and a treat Frederick’s wine list is. There are 21 tipples by the glass and 50 by the bottle, many of which are Australian varieties along with a select few from France, Italy and Spain. Each one is by a small batch producer and each one is absolute magic. Frederick’s is also in the business of piercing the cork and resealing it so the wine lasts longer for us lucky folks.
Where: 2/32 Lavarack Rd, Nobby Beach
The levels of love that go into everything that happens at Restaurant Labart are unrivalled. From the refined, taste sensation-style dishes to a wine list filled with bottles of absolute perfection you likely won’t find anywhere else. It’s made up of natural and organic wines from all over the world plus quite the selection of orange wines (including one of the most stunning sips we’ve ever sampled). It’s an extensive list and one that has been very carefully curated by the team. Ask them what they recommend; they know all the wine things.
Where: 2A/ 8 West St, Burleigh Heads
The Burleigh Heads gem has curated a wine list made up of some of the most iconic producers around along with small and innovative winemakers producing their own special type of magic. Most of the list is available by the glass so you’re invited to sample something unique from around the world. Each tipple is perfectly matched to the exceptional food menu and if you haven’t yet had the pleasure of spending time at Jimmy Wah’s, they simply must be next on your list.
Where: 1724 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
The Fish House
Ocean views with a side of epic food and a perfectly put together wine list to match. What a treat. The wine list is kept quite small with a focus on matching to their very produce focused dishes. A subtle and delicate Loire Valley Sancerre pairs perfectly with the classics; aged Riesling matches the daily raw selection, Muscadet with live Oysters and a glass of youthful Grenache blend is just the right partner for Patagonian Toothfish. It’s all an absolute delight, just go try everything.
Where: Goodwin Tce, Burleigh Heads
Hidden Wine Bar
A wine bar slash restaurant that is indeed hidden in Tugun and offering moody, backlit vibes with many a tasty vino to warm you right up. Paired with a sweet little tapas menu and live music all of the time, Hidden (obviously) has an excellent wine menu and you might just find yourself curled up in a cosy little corner for hours on end with no idea where the time went. A lovely little spot to escape from the world with a wine or two.
Where: 455 Golden Four Drive, Tugun
Oh Tasca, you little beauty. The Coolangatta gem hasn’t been around all that long but in the time since it opened, it’s become a firm favourite amongst Gold Coasters due to its’ refined menu, intimate, feel good vibes and of course, an unrivalled wine list. Take a seat at the bar and watch the magic unfold. We recommend asking the crew for their favourite tipples as that always seems to unearth the very best treats.
Where: 114 Griffith Street, Coolangatta
Words by Kirra Smith