There are many ways to experience the city of Rome. Whether it’s soaking up the historical sites that litter the city, enjoying a long lengthy lunch in the sunshine, or even immersing yourself in a bit of Catholicism. A single visit to Rome is never enough and usually leaves visitors yearning for more.
The wine bars in Rome, much like the coffee shops are an institution that demands at least one experience visiting.
Wine bars are also known as Enoteca’s – which derives from the Italian word ‘wine repository’ that sells local or regional wines. A visit to one of the many enotecas in Rome is a must to sample of the delicious and unique wines of the region.
Vinaietto – Old Winery
Vinaietto is one of those wine bars you could walk past 100 times and never notice its presence. It’s one of the Rome wine bars where you enter and feel as if you’ve stepped into an old friend’s kitchen.
There are no frills about Vinaietto, and nor does it care to put on airs and graces. Instead, you’ll find some of the best wine in Rome in this small warm, inviting congenial wine bar in Rome.
If you are in search of some local wines, Vinaietto has a great selection of natural wines available to purchase by the bottle or by the glass.
If you fancy a night masquerading as a local Roman, there is no better place to do so than Vinaietto – Old Winery.
Address: Via del Monte della Farina, 38, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Opening Hours: 11 am – 3 pm, 6 pm – 11 pm // Closed Sundays
There are a lot of things to love about Il Goccetto – from its beautiful antique door to the sign overhead that announces that, yes, you are in fact in the right place. To the small plates of food that have almost been built around the stunning wine collection.
Il Goccetto is so far removed from the tourist traps that center around the Colosseum, that when you discover this sparkling Rome wine bar, you’ll be hard-pressed to ever visit anywhere else.
This being Rome, it obviously sells some of the best wine in Rome, which is an easy thing to do. However, Il Goccetto is a wine bar in Rome that begs for you to try multiple glasses of local wines, and to help wash it down, pair it with some of the tastiest local Roman dishes.
Il Goccetto has all the makings of the beginning of a great story. Make sure to add it when visiting Rome.
Address: Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 14, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Opening Hours: 12 pm – 12 am // Hours vary on a Monday. Closed on Sundays.
More than just a wine bar, Antica Enoteca specialises in the great Italian tradition of serving mouth watering dishes accompanied by carafes of some of the tastiest wines.
All the while, you sit in a building that dates back over 300 years, with faded frescos decorating the walls. To say it’s a magical experience is an understatement.
It’s the perfect place to grab a couple of glasses of wine after spending an afternoon visiting the nearby Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain.
One of the more ‘touristy’ Rome wine bars on the list, it’s still a great place to swing by for a glass of wine.
Address: Via della Croce, 76b, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Opening Hours: 12 pm – 12 am
Enoteca Il Piccolo
A traditional enoteca near Piazza Navona, Enoteca Il Piccolo is a fantastic place to grab a glass of wine (or three). Cozy, warm and oh-so inviting, Enoteco Il Piccolo is one of those places that is perfect for meeting up with long-lost acquaintances.
The shelves that line the walls groan with natural and local wines, and the low ceilings and tables lit by candlelight, ooze romance and dashes of intrigue.
Accompany your glass of wine with small bites to eat that make Enoteca Il Piccolo an unmissable stop when in the area.
Address: Via del Governo Vecchio, 74-75, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Opening Hours: 12 pm – 1 am
Cul de Sac
Perhaps housing one of the largest collections of wines of all the Rome wine bars on the list, Cul de Sac has a whooping 1500 bottles available.
And it’s not only the enormous bottle collection that draws people from far and wide to Cul de Sac’s front door, but also their superb food jaw-droppingly incredible.
Fresh pasta dishes, hearty lasagnas, and cheese boards are some of the dishes that stand-out and are must-orders when visiting Cul de Sac.
Its location near Piazza Navona means that Cul de Sac is accessible for visitors who happen to be in the area. The enormous wine cavern of Cul de Sac means that with over 1500 bottles of wine to choose from, you’re bound to stumble upon a winner.
Address: Piazza di Pasquino, 73, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Opening Hours: 12 pm – 12am
L’Angolo Divino Enoteca Vineria
L’Angolo Divino Enoteca Vineria is a fabulous find. When seeking an authentic Roman experience with staff that are passionate about wines and food, then this is a must visit.
The shelves are stocked with hundreds of bottles of which staff are more than happy to provide suggestions and recommendations. The food is indescribably delicious, whether its the freshly prepared cannelloni, or a cheese or meat board, it’s been prepared with love.
The owner Massimo has a number of wines he personally selections and has solid recommendations. A visit to L’Angolo Divino Enoteca Vineria is an absolute must when visiting Rome, and you’ll be a repeat visitor time and time again.
Address: Via dei Balestrari, 12-14 tel.+39.06.6864413, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Opening Hours: 11.30 am – 2 pm, 5 pm – 12.30 am // Sunday hours vary
Essenza Wine Bar Trastevere
Trastevere has a huge collection of bars in Rome to drink it, but it is Essenza Wine Bar that gets our vote, time and time again.
Located on the edge of Trastevere and close to the Botanic Gardens of Rome, the buzzing atmosphere of Essenza Wine Bar is eclectic and whilst it may not have the largest selection of wines to choose from, you’ll still find a number of gems that are worthy of your palette.
With small bites to eat such as bruschetta and cheese plates, this is a solid choice for anyone looking for an evening in Trastevere to sit down and enjoy a couple of glasses of wine before heading to the many trattorias nearby.
Address: Via della Scala, 27, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
Opening Hours: 12 pm – 12 am
Joséphine ~ Francia a Roma
Small, inviting and a touch of glamour – Josephine is a relatively new wine bar in Rome that offers not only Italian wines, but several French wines too.
It’s a small neighborhood wine bar that is mostly frequented by locals but on a warm evening, this wonderful Rome wine bar is one of the loveliest places to pass an evening in.
Select a cheese board, or bowl of olives to accompany your glass of wine, sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of this wonderful Roman neighborhood.
Address: Via di Monserrato, 11, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Opening Hours: 5 pm – 11 pm // Closed Sunday & Monday
Wine Bar De’ Penitenzieri
One of the closest wine bars in Rome to the Vatican City, the Wine Bar De’ Penitenzieri makes a solid choice after a long day visiting the nearby sights.
You may even spot a Catholic priest dining in the restaurant, or sipping on strong Italian coffee.
Most visitors will stop by this delightful Rome wine bar in the early morning for a quick coffee (or glass of wine – no judgment!) on their way to Saint Peter’s Basilica or the Vatican Museums. However it’s worth a late afternoon or evening visit for a glass of wine.
Address: Via dei Penitenzieri, 16/16A/16B/17, 00193 Roma RM, Italy
Opening Hours: 5.30 am – 10 pm // Closed Sunday
An institution since 1821, Trimani is one of the oldest wine shops in Rome that has seen various iterations over the years.
Even though it is a wine shop, we’ve decided to include Trimani Enoteca on our list of places to visit for those in search of excellent wine suggestions from all over the world. The historic wine cellar is a must for wine lovers, and you never know what you might stumble upon when visiting.
Address: Via Goito, 20, 00185 Roma RM, Italy
Opening Hours: 9 am – 8.30 pm // Closed Sunday