Where to Drink Wine in Charlotte
Whether you’re looking for a laid back white or a full bodied red, Charlotte’s got it all. Check out these 20 places to drink wine around the Queen City.
by DeAnna Taylor
This article is brought to you in partnership with Village Tavern.
From chardonnay to merlot, Charlotte's diverse wine scene is better than ever. With upscale bars and relaxed hidden gems, you're sure to find the perfect pairing. And don't worry — we won't tell if you add a few ice cubes.
A SouthPark staple since 1989, Village Tavern impresses with its award-winning wine list featuring more than 60 wines by the glass. Enjoy your favorite varietal paired with delectable dishes at the bar or high tops, in their intimate dining room, or by a firepit on the patio overlooking Symphony Park. Visit Wednesday when all wines offered by the glass are half price.
Assorted Table Wine & Shop
For wine to-go or enjoyed in the community setting of The Market at 7th Street, check out Assorted Table Wine Shoppe’s global wine selection with bottles for every price range. Enjoy your pour alongside a cheese board from Orrman’s Cheese Shop or with fresh pasta from Mano Bella Artisan Foods.
Bloom & Bottle
Combining a love of beautiful floral arrangements and international wine varietals, this cute bottle shop in the Belmont neighborhood is a perfect outing for friends or date night. Spend a few hours catching up as you enjoy international wines while your own custom fresh-flower bouquet to take home.
Davidson Wine Company
Lawyer-turned-winemaker Lindsey Williams is behind Davidson’s first Black-woman owned urban winery. Not only can you try the brand’s private wine label, but you can also create your own custom labels for a personal bottle or as a gift. There’s a food menu, too, offering light bites including charcuterie and salads.
Dean’s Italian Steakhouse
Located on the street level of the JW Marriott, this upscale Italian steakhouse has a wine list that includes orange, white, red and sparkling wine available in six- or nine-ounce pours to enjoy on the covered patio or inside the warm and welcoming dining room.
Dilworth Tasting Room
Neighborhood: Dilworth, SouthPark
Sit inside the Dilworth location and enjoy a cosmopolitan vibe, complete with red leather couches and a bar area featuring artfully arranged and illuminated bottles. Venture outside, and you’ll find a dreamy garden, punctuated by a koi pond. In SouthPark enjoy an earthy interior and at both, experience well-crafted snacks and an approachable wine selection.
Foxcroft Wine Co.
Neighborhood: Dilworth, SouthPark, Waverly
Over the course of its 18 years in business, Foxcroft Wine Co. has made a name for itself amongst Charlotte’s long-standing wine destinations. . Between the varied selection and the top-notch food menu, it checks all the boxes for your next wine night. While you’re there, don’t skip the truffle fries. Topped with shaved Parmesan and aioli, they are the perfectly savory pairing. .
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse
Enjoy the white tablecloth experience of Fleming’s as you pair your meal with a selection from the robust wine menu. . This Uptown dining experience is perfect for wine lovers looking for an elegant experience with an approachable wine list.
Mere’s Wine & Cheese Shop
Mere’s is a boutique wine shop perfect for pickup for an at-home wine-and-charcuterie night or for in-house pairings and pours.
Napa on Providence
Neighborhood: Myers Park
One of the first wine bars in Charlotte to introduce wine on tap, Napa on Providence manages to have an upscale feel – complete with a Tuscan-influenced patio – with a neighborhood vibe. Pair your California-inspired with selections from the expansive wine list including six-, eight- and 12-ounce pours.
NoDa Company Store
A gem in the NoDa arts district, the NoDa Company Store serves as the ultimate relaxed weekend afternoon hangout. With perfectly shaded porch swings and a community tiki-like atmosphere, NoDa Company Store has created a unique atmosphere, complete with a multifaceted wine club with diverse options from six to 12 bottles per box.
Rosie’s Coffee & Wine Garden
Neighborhood: Optimist Park
Come for the wines, stay for the photo ops in the garden. Rosie’s is a quaint little spot located in the two-acre McGill Rose Garden. Sit back and sip beneath twinkling lights as you marvel at the property’s perfectly sculpted garden.
Natural wines and a small-but-curated wine list are just a small part of what makes Salud Cerveceria a wine-lover’s destination. Pair the rotating varietals and purveyors with unique wood-fired pizza, sit back on one of the leather couches or grab a table with friends, and vibe out for a few hours. The music will certainly keep you around.
Tap & Vine
Neighborhood: South Charlotte, Indian Trail
Both locations of Tap & Vine have becoming social hangouts for wine lovers thanks to their laid back atmosphere and upscale menu items.. Tap & Vine prides themselves on a diverse selection perfect of a night out or sourced for private events.
The Artisan’s Palate
Owner Christa Csoka has a love for the arts and it is expertly expressed in her eclectic bar and eatery. This inclusive space, hosting frequent drag brunches and other LGBTQ community events, is home to a curated wine selection with global by-the-glass selections as well as a wall of retail options, all meant for enjoying alongside the carefully-crafted menu, while strolling through the in-house art gallery or in one of the beautiful outdoor spaces.
The Bohemian: A Wine Bar
Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood
Settle into this cozy Spanish-inspired wine bar, complete with ornate tilework, counter-height seating alongside a roll-up window and plenty of plants, has more than 400 bottled wines available for retail, as well as 18 seasonally-rotating wines by the glass. Pair with menu items from exotic cheeses to flatbread and salads.
The Common Market
Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood, South End, Oakhurst
A local favorite for its eclectic decor and clientele, the three area locations of Common Market provide specially selected wines at various price ranges to be enjoyed at interior diner tables or outdoors on the communal-style patio. Somewhat of a legend in Charlotte, Common Market isn’t your average food pit stop or market and is well-worth an afternoon of indulgence.
Neighborhood: Villa Heights
This neighborhood bottle shop and café has an assortment of bottled wines to take home or enjoy in-shop. The warm and inviting atmosphere, paired with roll-up garage-style doors opening to a street-side patio make for a relaxing afternoon or evening of enjoying wine alone or with friends.
The Wine Loft
Neighborhood: South End
Tucked in an unassuming South End space, The Wine Loft is like a secret hideaway tailor-made for your next date night. It’s candlelit and perfect for cozying up with a bottle. Selections from primarily small estate producers, each wine carried is picked with purpose and provides an atmosphere of learning and curiosity to allow guests to know the why behind their wine.
Wine & Design
Turn what would have been a casual wine night into a full sip and paint experience at Wine & Design. Whether with your significant other, best friends, or as an after work outing, this is the perfect place to not only sip wine but have a little fun in the process. Painting themes change with each experience, so check the website to find one you love.