Sometimes all you need is cuddle your furry creature, do nothing and enjoy a good glass of wine after a long day at work. Or perhaps you want to impress the host from a house party this weekend. Alright let’s be real here. You’re a cultured alcoholic just like us, who work better under pressure with a bottle in hand. So you ask the internet - where are the best wine shops in Hong Kong? Where do you find friendly staff who can help you pick a bottle without making you feeling awkward for asking?
This guide covers some of the best boutique wine shops, a few of them also work directly with the winemakers and have them flown directly to Hong Kong.
Tucked away among a flight of stairs on Mee Lun Street, the small shop is home to small batch wine produced in Victoria, Australia. The owner Emmanuel originally comes from France but has migrated to Australia many years ago, and naturally he fell in love with the wine there. Seeing the lack of Australian wine available on the market, he’s brought some of his favourite producers in Hong Kong. Our favourites are Latta Vino’s Rattlesnake and Avani “Amirit” Pinot Gris, which are both orange wine.
Where: Mee Lun House, 2-4A Mee Lun Street, Central
La Cabane specialises in natural and biodynamic wine (made with least possible amount of sulphate and additives) from France, Italy, Australia and even Jordan. They work personally with the wine producers and go to Europe each year to learn more about how the wine is made at each vineyard, so it really speaks volume to how much thoughts and care they put in their curation! Everything gets flown to Hong Kong directly without any middleman, which also includes their amazing cheese selection. Do sign up for their newsletter so you can keep updated on their Friday wine tasting night, which is a steal at 200 HKD per head (wine tasting and charcuterie board nibbles included).
Where: B/F, 97 Hollywood Road (It’s on the right side of the stairs if you walk down on Hollywood Road)
Vin et Sake Nature - Pillariwine
If you want a selection of European wine without feeling overwhelmed by choices, Pillariwine Co is right up your alley. The small shop carries natural wine and sake that are priced in a decent range, and the staff is more than happy to give suggestion should you be looking for a bottle to pair dinner with / for a special occasion.
Where: Shop 2A, Pottinger House, 26 Pottinger Street, Central
Closed on Sundays
You can spot L’Imperatice from a block away with its slick silhouette wine glass sign that glows in red. The shop carries mostly French wine including champagne (you won’t find any Moët here). A bottle starts from 200 HKD (we had a pretty good Moulin-à-vent there for around 240 HKD) and if you’re into vintage Brunello, they also have bottles from the 70s and 80s. They also carry Zalto wine glasses, which we’ve heard from Marissa A Ross that they can do wonders to your wine.
Where: 56 Hollywood Road, Central
While Cork Culture mainly supplies natural wine to restaurants, they also save a limited number of bottles for their online shop. Their site includes detailed notes on each bottle and the producer, so you don’t have to guess what they taste like as you browse through the catalogue. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can also email the team for more information and see if they have bottles that are not listed on the site. The rumour says that the founder is quite lazy and hasn’t kept the list up to date (sorry Ian!).
Where: online at www.corkculture.hk