Cinderella Wine Bar & Bistro

Restaurant, Wine Bar

Wellington, New Zealand

Cinderella Wine Bar & Bistro Wine List

About Cinderella Wine Bar & Bistro

Cinderella Wine Bar & Bistro is temporarily closed.

Cinderella Wine Bar Bistro is located on the outskirts of Willis Street and Karo Drive, offering close proximity to Central Wellington and direct access to State Highway 1. Over the past decade, the area has seen a gradual influx of hospitality venues, and a major transformation for Cinderella occurred when Florent Souche, an experienced Wellington hospitality expert joined the team. A versatile establishment, Cinderella can be best described as a Wine Bar & Bistro, a wine shop, and a function venue, all thanks to its impressive size and layout that offers numerous options for patrons.

Florent, hailing from Lyon, France, possesses extensive knowledge of French wines, particularly those from the Rhone Valley and Beaujolais regions. The wine list boasts top names and Florent's personal stories and connections with individual producers add a genuine touch to the overall experience. The wine list features major styles and grape varieties, a common format in New Zealand. The opening selection is an extensive array of Champagnes, catering to various preferences, including beloved brands like Bollinger. The list is further adorned with classic wine styles from New Zealand and benchmark expressions from around the world. While the wine list leans more towards classical choices, a small section showcases skin contact and curious wines, maintaining a perfect balance.

Covering all the classic styles of New Zealand, the wine list proudly features the finest names from north to south. The wines available by the glass mirror those offered by the bottle, ensuring a diverse selection with something for every palate and budget. For those seeking something special, the knowledgeable sommelier can present additional hidden gems from the cellar. An outstanding feature of Cinderella's wine programme is the wine shop, where you can purchase wines from the list to take home. This unique opportunity allows guests to sample wines before making a purchase, making it a delightful destination for wine enthusiasts.

Cinderella's layout is equally enchanting. Upon entering, a sprawling courtyard awaits, complete with a welcoming fireplace and ample space for tables. The area is covered yet not fully insulated, providing a comforting ambience. Additional heaters are strategically placed to keep guests cozy in colder weather. During summer, the courtyard becomes an ideal spot to gather with friends and enjoy magnums of wine. Further inside, the bar area awaits, adorned with wine fridges and glasses. The atmosphere is peaceful and intimate, offering a perfect setting for a quiet drink or a romantic date night. Small plates, including charcuterie, cheeses, and oysters, are available to complement the wine selection.

Ascending the stairs leads to the main dining room, characterised by its cozy atmosphere and futuristic design. Tables are thoughtfully spaced to ensure an intimate experience. Adjacent to the main room lies a private dining area, perfect for special occasions. Cinderella's versatility is unparalleled, its wine focus thoughtfully matched with a wide range of delectable food offerings. Whether guests crave a cheeky cheeseburger for lunch or a sumptuous whole-baked fish for dinner, Cinderella has it all, making it a must-visit destination for wine enthusiasts and food lovers alike.

Great for

  • Casual
  • Date night

Wine team

  • FS
    Florent Souche
    Head Sommelier
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