Wine Bar

Adelaide, Australia

Photo Credit Jack Fenby

MotherVine Wine List

About MotherVine

Open six days and opposite East End Cellars, the best retail wine shop in South Australia, you will find wine bar MotherVine. Owned by the East End Cellar's team, you can rest assured that you will find some cult classic wines in their cellar.

They have a section of the wine list with a featured winery from time to time, so it is great to be able to taste a variety of wines, cuvees and vintages from one single winery. They also throw wine dinners with Australian winemakers flying from all states to attend and present their wines. With magnum parties on Fridays as well as live jazz on Sundays, they cook up delicious nibbles from the compact open kitchen, a menu suited to sampling wines with a small plate focus designed for grazing and sharing. A bar I enjoy going to if I want to drink Domaine Roulot, Domaine Dujac, or JJ Prum.

About the MotherVine Wine List

Curated by co-owner Mathieu Smeysters, the list offers most of what a classic wine lover would look for. You can immediately see that they aim to showcase the wines they love. Burgundy and Piedmont as well as a killer Riesling selection with verticals of Keller and JJ Prum. They also love to support Australian wines from all corners of the great land down under. Their basic motto is, if the wine is good, regardless of style, they will give it a shot. Expect to find the beautiful Pinots of By Farr (Geelong), the sleek and elegant wines of Mac Forbes (Yarra Valley), the full-bodied​ chardonnays of Shaw + Smith (Adelaide Hills), the local young gun of wine Murdoch Hill (Adelaide Hills) and so many more. If you feel like you can spend $3,000 on a Domaine de la Romanee Conti, or $800 on a village wine from Domaine Armand Rousseau, you might have found your favorite spot in the city.

Wine Tasting at MotherVine

They run a regular Option Night, a unique MotherVine offering where people can team up with their friends, form groups with quirky wine names and attend blind tastings, a popular event where option questions are asked as the wines are tasted. I have been to a few of these and they are a lot of fun. Passionate discussions light the room and great wines are imbibed.

More recommendations

  • This wine list highlights both national and international wines from exciting producers and manages to make the selection very diverse. The balance between different producer styles is successful and the offering is delightful throughout all pages, said jury member Heidi Mäkinen MW about the gold in Best Medium-sized List in 2024.

Star Wine List Of The Year

Wine team

  • JJ
    Jasmine Jones
    Venue Manager

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