The 10 Best Wine Bars in North Carolina!

The wine culture in North Carolina is vibrant, and nowhere is that clearer than at the state’s many superb wine bars. From a dry pinot noir to a bright sauvignon blanc, North Carolina’s wine bars will satisfy any palate. With a carefully-curated wine selection and calming ambiance, here are the 10 best wine bars in the state. 

1. The Fortunate Glass Wine Bar, Wilmington, NC

The Fortunate Glass Wine Bar of Wilmington offers a variety of wines to make you swoon. A variety of 350 different wines to be bought by the bottle and 60 wines to pour into your glass. Enjoy your wine in a cozy environment with a knowledgeable staff. Pair your choice of wine with a food off the food menu including cheeses, cured meats and more! A bonus, every Tuesday, the Fortunate Glass hosts a free wine-tasting.

2. Vita Vite, Raleigh, NC

Feel both artsy and tipsy as you enjoy the beautiful artwork and wine that Vita Vite has to offer. May you be a fan of red, white, or rose wine, the wine bar has a wine you will want a glass of. As you take in the scenery of hand-selected art and your wine, consider taking home one of the pieces if you fall in love! 

3. Vinos Finos Tapas & Wine Bar, Raleigh, NC

Named the best wine bar in Raleigh, taste from the South American wine selection, and savory foods to compliment off the menu such as: several desserts, a cheese and meat platter, empanadas, or tapas. Vinos Finos Tapas and Wine Bar offers a warm, friendly atmosphere to take in the delicious options and helpful service. 

4. Seaboard Taproom & Wine Bar, Matthews, NC

Seaboard Taproom & Wine Bar of Matthews has a wine bar with over 1,000 bottles of wine to choose from. You can purchase them to go or stay in for a bit at the Seaboard to enjoy a glass or two of wine with snacks while you relax on the patio, or in the courtyard. The wine bar of Seaboard is a relaxing, family-friendly establishment with games of giant Jenga and cornhole in the yard as well! 

5. 5 Walnut Wine Bar, Asheville, NC

Drop by the 5 Walnut Wine Bar of Asheville for fine wine, cheese selections, and music. Inside, you can take in the homey feel of the place as you choose from the large wine selection, talk to the friendly staff, and enjoy the entertainment of live music by local bands in the evenings. 

6. Corkscrew on 5th Wine & Coffee, Charlotte, NC

Opened in 2016, the Corkscrew on 5th Wine Bar has been serving delicious wines and coffees over great conversation with friends and live music. Grab a glass of wine of your choice of pick from the daily food and drink specials. In the wine bar, you select from 42 wine options or if you are ready for a bottle, there are currently 389 bottled wine options. Uncork a bottle, relax in the cozy environment, and unwind after your day! 

7. Bar Brunello, Durham, NC

Located in downtown Durham, enjoy a food menu from all over the world and many sparkling, white, orange, red, and dessert wines to fill your glass. Feel fancy while in a casual, down-to-earth setting. If you want to brush up on your wine knowledge, join in on the monthly win tasting classes at Bar Brunello where you will taste five wines and learn a bit along the way. Owner Esteban holds a true passion for wine and if you sit at the bar long enough, you will get many personal stories and wine knowledge to enjoy!

8. Niche Wine Lounge, Holly Springs, NC

Stop by Niche Wine Lounge of Holy Springs for friendly service, a rustic interior, and incredible wine and it will soon be your new favorite hangout. Take advantage of the living room setting with friends or family to feel like you are right at home! Carrying “the largest selection of wines by the glass in the state of North Carolina,” you are sure to find something to satisfy your taste buds. If you are in the area Friday or Saturday night, also take pleasure in the live music. 

9. Peak of the Vine, Apex, NC

A divine wine selection and beautiful scenery, oh my! Peak of the Vine of downtown Apex offers a full menu to select from and unbeatable weekly specials. On Monday’s, drink a $5 glass of wine, Tuesdays for a percentage off the bottles on the Lounge Tasting List, and on Wednesdays enjoy a $7 Spanish Style Sangria. On Thursdays at Peak of the Vine, take part in live music at 6pm and after a long week, Friday offers the occasional wine tasting. Saturday, enjoy the live music at half past 8 and on Sunday, look into the discounts off certain retail wine bottles! 

10. Mebane Knights, Mebane, NC

A relaxing environment to enjoy lunch or dinner, Mebane Knights of Mebane has an awesome selection of wine and great bar food. White wines and red wines, they have them all! Fancy a wine tasting? Wine tasting events take place every Wednesday starting at 5 p.m. and lasting until 7 p.m. Open seven days a week. 

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