Whether you're looking for something special for dinner or a more casual bottle for an al fresco picnic, Bristol boasts some exciting wine shops. We've put together some of our favourite shops north of the river.
Averys Wine Cellars, Centre
Averys is a Bristol institution. With a history stretching back over 255 years, this family business is one of the UK's most pioneering wine merchants. Its setting is pretty special too - tucked away in cellars underneath bustling Park Street. If it's a casual bottle for everyday or some fine wine, you're guaranteed to find it at Averys. Visit the Averys website for more information.
Grape and Grind, Gloucester Road
This charming shop in the heart of vibrant Gloucester Road area sells an exciting range of delicious wines, craft beers and artisan spirits. There's also a selection of coffee beans available (hence the 'Grind'). The team are friendly and knowledgeable and always willing to help customers find something that little bit special. Find out more about ordering online and opening hours on the Grape & Grind website.
Corks, Clifton, Southville and Harbourside
With three different bottleshops dotted around the city, this long-established wine merchant boasts a wide range of global wines and beers, plus vodka, whiskies and other spirits. Their harbourside shop offers the option to drink by the glass on the premises - like a special 'try before you buy'... Find out more on the Corks website.
DBM Wines, Clifton
This independent wine merchant is situated in the heart of Clifton Village. They pride themselves on their knowledge and the fact that they never sell dull or unexciting wines. Their friendly shop offers a range of wines, from everyday to more eclectic, quality treasures. Find out more about the shop on the DBM Wines website.
Cave, Gloucester Road
This multipurpose space offers the opportunity to perch for a quick glass, stock up on provisions or sit with friends for an entire evening of eating and drinking. There are also wine-tasting evenings exploring rarer wines. For more information on the shop, it's opening hours and tasting sessions, visit the Cave website.
22 Clifton, Clifton
This newcomer to the scene aims to redefine the concept of a contemporary wine bar, offering private wine lockers, many tasting sessions and a retail shop. It's also an intimate events space that merges historical character with the cutting edge. Read more about their events and ethos on the 22 Clifton website.
Images: DBM wines, Cave Bristol, Grape and Grind and Avery's Wine Cellars.