Sydney’s newest CBD wine bar, Vini Divini has opened with a huge central bar, al fresco seating, a Mediterranean focused menu and an impressive wine wall stocking more than 1000 bottles from 10 different countries, as curated by Rockpool Dining Group’s former head sommelier.
Meaning “divine wines” in Italian and embodying la dolce vita (the sweet life), Vini Divini centres on the simple enjoyment of wine, food and good company with a warm European flair in a setting reminiscent of a stylish but cosy inner-city residence.
With one of the biggest “by the glass” selections in Sydney, the geographically diverse wine list has been designed to be accessible, showcasing excellent drops from around the Mediterranean, from well-known regions of France, Italy and Spain to often overlooked regions such as Greece, Armenia, Georgia and Turkey.
French-born sommelier Raphael Mulligan collaborates with small, independent winemakers and distributors to regularly update the list, drawing on his experience heading the wine program at Eleven Bridge, as well as working at Rosetta, Rockpool and Tapavino.
Complementing the wines is a menu of delicious Mediterranean dishes and mezzé-style plates led by Seda Güç, former protégé of fellow Turkish chef, Anason’s Somer Sivrioglu. Included are Seda’s signature babaganoush made fresh each morning; pretty pink beetroot-marinated artichokes with toasted almonds; slow-cooked lamb shoulder with fregola salad and caramelised apple; and a selection of salumi and formaggi.
Adding to the Mediterranean vibe is Vini Divini’s striking interiors, featuring wall-length prints of iconic Italian movie stars Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni, the towering wine wall sourced from Italy, a beautiful slab of Iranian rainbow pink onyx on the kitchen island-style bar, blush rose velvet armchairs, plush rugs from Belgium and ample al fresco seating overlooking leafy Wynyard Park.
The wine bar also offers a private dining room tucked away at the back, catering for 14 people for a sit-down lunch or dinner or 20 guests theatre-style making use of the room’s TV screen/projector and wireless technology.
Excited to open his first venue, Belgium-born owner Philippe Gilbert brings his European heritage, family history in restaurants and providores, and his own extensive experience and passion for hospitality to life at Vini Divini.
“Vini Divini is all about bringing people together to laugh, enjoy wine, break bread, and share stories and ideas,” said Philippe.
“Close relationships with friends and family, and the interactions one has in a community, are central to the Mediterranean lifestyle – and we wanted to bring this to life at Vini Divini.”
The newest addition to the Brookfield Place precinct at 60 Carrington Street near Wynyard, Vini Divini is open Monday to Friday for all-day dining from 12pm to late.
Walk-ins welcome, while bookings can be made via www.vinidivini.com.au.
60 Carrington Street, Sydney NSW 2000
0477 033 811
Open Mon to Fri, 12pm–late
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