Your Guide To The Miami Wine Scene

By | Wine Writer & Wine Judge
Last Updated: February 14, 2019
Winetraveler's Guide To The Miami Wine Tasting Scene

Miami is known for its pristine beaches, bustling nightlife and world-class restaurants. In the South Beach area, you might find the celebrity elite taking advantage of the crystal clear water on the beach or lounging around the pool scene. In Little Havana you will find amazing Cuban restaurants and sizzling dance clubs. In Wynwood you will find gorgeous street art and hip galleries. But where are you finding good wine? We are here to help!

Wine Bars

Cibo Wine Bar has locations in both South Beach and Coral Gables and boasts a hefty wine list that won’t leave you yearning for choices. Pair your choices with Chef Massimo Giannattasio’s Italian fare.

Vinos in the Grove has a wine list that is super inclusive, even featuring regions like the Hudson River Region of NY! With quirky décor and comfortable indoor and outdoor seating, it’s a perfect hangout spot to enjoy a glass or two.

Lagniappehouse has some serious accolades under its belt, and for good reason. With a sprawling outdoor area, you can grab a glass under the twinkling lights tied from the palm tree canopy. You might stay all night between the enchanting vibe, great selection and live music!

Winewood is known for its charm. Cozy and hip with a chill vibe and chilled wines. What more could you want?

The Big Easy is named for owner (South African golf-pro, Ernie Els) who is known as The Big Easy. He is truly a jack of all trades, as he also owns a winery in South Africa. Tying it all together here at the wine bar, offering South African cuisine, many South African wines in this Miami location close to where he lives with his family.

Wine Shops

La Centrale is Miami’s answer to New York’s Eataly. It’s a culinary playground, full of markets, restaurants and boutiques. You can expect the wine store to be on point—it features mostly Italian wines with a few other goodies peppered in.

Head to Abaco Premium Wines for a bespoke, luxury wine boutique experience. They host a number of fun tasting events to check out as well!

I mean, this place is literally called The Best Wine Shop so how could you go wrong? They also have tapas to sweeten the deal!

Care for a Cuban? Head over to Aficionados grab a bottle and a cigar. Make sure to check out their classes as well.

If you have an adventurous palate, Wolfe’s Wine Shoppe is for you. They are dedicated to the small growers and artist of the wine world.

Wine-Focused Restaurants

Lure is a seafood restaurant offering a complete raw bar with a rotating oyster selection, sushi program and an incredible wine list. The nautical themed rooms are cozy and enchanting at the same time.

Alter is what you are after if you want out of this world food that doubles as artwork. Chef Bradley Kilgore has put together 5-7 coursed options. The wine list spans classic, well-known wineries to smaller farmer wines.

Bacco is an interesting restaurant, in that it contains a wine store so you have the option of buying a bottle and bringing it to your table to enjoy, or if you enjoyed the wine you ordered with dinner, you have the option of picking up a bottle right there to take home.

The quaint, seaside cottage vibe of Mandolin is enough to make the trip worth it—add in mouth-watering Mediterranean dishes and a really cool wine list and it’s a trifecta. Try something you never have before—maybe pair a Moschofilero (an aromatic, white Greek wine) with the Ali Nazik (ground lamb over smoked eggplant yogurt). You will not be disappointed!

Kyu has got your number if you are in the mood for diverse, Asian cuisine. From yakiniku to crudo, there is a wine or sake pairing perfect for the ultimate experience.

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