Melbourne’s Little Enoteche
All over Melbourne, but particularly so on the north-side, the European influence on society and lifestyle is strongly evident. Over generations, European migrants have added so much to the city’s vibrant culture. And without discounting the multiculturalism that makes our wonderful city what it is, there is a little bit of beautiful Italy threaded through so much of it.
Gertrude Street Enoteca
Gertrude Street Enoteca is a wine bar nestled in on Fitzroy’s ambient Gertrude St. A concept store modeled on Italy’s enoteche, meaning wine bar. An enoteche is a local wine merchant where customers can purchase wine to take home or to open and enjoy in store with a food platter over a conversation with friends.
As Melbourne’s own enoteche, Gertrude Street Enoteca offers an amazing selection of wines from around the globe with many of their carefully selected labels from artisan winemakers or boutique vineyards.
A gorgeous girlfriend of mine, herself with an Italian background, suggested we meet here. She insisted that for all the bars she’s tried in the area Gertrude Street Enoteca had the best Aperol Spritz, hands down. It was a strong recommendation.
This relaxed, cosy little wine bar resembles an Italian country cottage or cellar door. Warm, homely and welcoming with soft golden lighting and a lovely mix of textures from white washed walls to its timber details and metal chairs. Bi-fold glass doors open up to an Italian style garden courtyard with a large communal table, pizza oven, plants and flowers in bloom, exposed brick and white concrete. A delightful setting that promoted tranquility and a pleasant feeling of escape.
Aperol, prosecco, soda, ice, slice of orange and an olive.
Open 7 days, 11am to 11pm
229 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
“Wine is sunlight, held together by water.”
– Galileo Gallilei