11 Restaurants with Huge Wine Lists

The biggest wine lists in our Restaurant Awards program offer top-notch quality and unparalleled variety

11 Restaurants with Huge Wine Lists
Macau's Grand Lisboa Hotel houses three Restaurant Award winners that share the 500,000-bottle wine inventory in this massive cellar. (Courtesy of Grand Lisboa Hotel)
Oct 7, 2021

Variety is the spice of life, and these 11 destination restaurants offer jaw-dropping breadth and depth when it comes to choosing a bottle of wine. From New Jersey to Paris to Macau, these are the Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners with the largest wine lists in our program.

To check out more wine-and-food destinations around the world, see Wine Spectator’s more than 2,900 Restaurant Award–winning picks, including the 97 Grand Award recipients worldwide that hold our highest honor.

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Bern’s Steak House

1208 S. Howard Ave., Tampa , Fla.
Telephone (813) 251-2421
Website www.bernssteakhouse.com
Grand Award

 The cellar at Bern’s Steak house
Bern's Steak House is one of the original Grand Award winners, earning the title in 1981. (Amy Pezzicara)

One of 1981’s original Grand Award winners that still holds the title, Bern's Steak House is a Tampa, Fla., institution. Bern Laxer opened the restaurant more than 60 years ago as a strip-mall bar, gradually buying the surrounding stores to expand. Now Bern’s has a spacious eight-room dining area that offers thick-cut steaks and a colossal wine list to match. Laxer died in 2002, but his son, David Laxer, continues the legacy as owner and general manager. Wine director Eric Renaud oversees the wine program, including a cellar of a half-a- million bottles and a 6,800-selection wine list stocked with mature gems and standout verticals like 13 vintages of Penfolds Grange back to 1998 and 21 vintages of Château Margaux going back to 1912. There’s also a solid selection of wines under $100, with nearly 200 wines available by the glass, not including the additional dessert-wine selection, where Ports and Sauternes abound. Chef Habteab Hamde executes classic steak-house cuisine to accompany the five- to eight-week aged cuts, plus monthly specials.


Blackberry Farm

1471 W. Millers Cove Road, Walland, Tenn.
Telephone (865) 984-8166
Website www.blackberryfarm.com
Grand Award

 A radish dish at Blackberry Farm
Located in the Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm is an ultimate getaway destination for wine lovers. (beall and thomas)

The Grand Award–winning Blackberry Farm wine collection offers 9,000 selections, but the program started from literally nothing: Located in Walland, Tenn., in the Smoky Mountains, the luxury inn and restaurant had to obtain a special permit just to serve alcohol when the restaurant opened in 2000 (the county has since gone from “dry” to “moist”). The initial focus of the list was small producers of the Pacific Northwest and California. From there, wine director Andy Chabot expanded to the Old World, working with the late proprietor Sam Beall to build the 155,000-bottle inventory that exists today, carefully stored in six cellars. The farm employs its own cheesemaker, gardener, jam maker, butcher and forager, each working with chef Cassidee Dabney to create a $125 prix-fixe menu of dishes like wood-grilled cauliflower and sweet onions, grilled beets with country ham and hearth-roasted fluke.


Graycliff Restaurant

Graycliff Hotel, West Hill St., Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone (242) 302-9150
Website www.graycliff.com/dining
Grand Award

 A table set in the cellar at Graycliff Restaurant
A selection of wine-tasting experiences are available at Graycliff Restaurant. (Courtesy of Graycliff Restaurant)

Located in a large, historic house in the Bahamian capital of Nassau, the Graycliff Hotel is a hub of Caribbean luxury. This is evident at the hotel's restaurant, which has held a Grand Award since 1988. Chef Elijah Bowe provides an array of French and Bahamian dishes alongside wine director Enrico Garzaroli’s vast, 5,200-label wine list. The 260,930-bottle inventory is packed with wines from Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, Piedmont, Tuscany and California, including an impressive 1865 vintage of Château Lafite Rothschild (made before the winery was purchased by baron James Mayer Rothschild). A hefty dessert-wine selection offers diners many delectable options for capping off their meal. Guests can even enjoy these in a private dining area in the restaurant’s cellar, among many storied bottles.


Palais Coburg

Palais Coburg Residenz, Coburgbastei 4, Vienna, Austria
Telephone (43) 1-518-18-130
Website www.palais-coburg.com/en/culinary/silvio-nickol/
Grand Award

 Wine director Wolfgang Kneidinger in the cellar of Palais Coburg
Palais Coburg has six wine cellars, each with a different area of focus, to store its 50,000 bottles managed by wine director Wolfgang Kneidinger. (Palais Coburg Residenz/Tina Herzl)

In the heart of Vienna is Palais Coburg, a 35-suite luxury hotel inside a renovated 19th-century palace. The fine-dining restaurant presents chef Silvio Nickol’s cuisine through tasting menus, with options ranging from $173 for five courses without wine to $217 for nine courses with wine. Dishes are Austrian-influenced but rooted in French techniques, like duck liver with buckwheat and apples, or sturgeon with parsley root and pumpkin seeds. But below the hotel’s restaurant is the true palace: Six wine cellars storing the 50,000 bottles that supply the 5,200-selection list. Palais Coburg has been a Restaurant Award winner since 2004, and wine director Wolfgang Kneidinger added $21 million of wine to double the inventory in 2007, when the destination earned its Grand Award. Since 2015, Kneidinger says he’s sharpened the list’s focus on Rhône, the Loire and Burgundy. He’s also been building up selections from California, Oregon and Germany. While the wine list has several strengths, it now shines in Austria, Bordeaux, Germany and Burgundy selections. Ask for the rarities list to see the most prized wines in Palais Coburg’s cellars such as Château Cheval-Blanc St.-Emilion 1982 and Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Nacional 1963.


The Pluckemin Inn

359 Route 206 S., Bedminster, N.J.
Telephone (908) 658-9292
Website www.pluckemininn.com
Grand Award

 The dining room with a view of the wine wall at the Pluckemin Inn
The Pluckemin Inn's lengthy wine list includes 5,500 selections and many strengths including Burgundy and California. (Courtesy of the Pluckemin Inn)

In the restored 18th-century farmhouse restaurant of the Pluckemin Inn, farm-to-table cuisine highlights top-quality Garden State produce from nearby purveyors. The restaurant’s wine choices, by contrast, are anything but local. Wine director Brian Hider oversees the 5,500-selection list from around the wine world, which is strongest in wines from Burgundy, Rhône, Bordeaux, Champagne, the Loire, Piedmont, Tuscany, California and Washington. Diners get a glimpse of some of the inventory (10,000 of the restaurant’s 30,000 bottles) in the three-story glass tower that rises through the dining room. A rotating list of 100 wines offers exceptional value, and a list of bottles available by the glass via Coravin offers tastes of high-end treasures. Guests can pair their wine with chef Jason Ramos’ menu of dishes like heirloom tomato gazpacho, swordfish with cannellini beans and Portuguese octopus with cucumber raita.


PM & Vänner

Storgatan 22-24, Växjö, Sweden
Telephone (46) 470-75-97-10
Website www.pmrestauranger.se
Grand Award

 Overhead view of a dish at PM & Vänner
The cuisine at PM & Vänner is deeply dependent on the bounty of the surrounding region. (Martin Dyrløv Madsen)

Opened in 1992 in Växjö, Sweden, PM & Vänner is much more than just a hotel. It houses an 18,500-bottle wine inventory that has helped its restaurant earn a Grand Award since 2017. Led by chef Anders Lauring, the restaurant’s regional tasting menu includes plates like pike-perch with kale and chard, duck breast with leeks and fermented gooseberries (separate bar and bistro menus are also available). The hotel also has a bakery on site to prepare its breads. These join wine director Rubén Sanz Ramiro’s list of nearly 5,400 labels, covering picks from France, Italy, Austria, Spain, California and farther abroad.


Robuchon au Dôme

Grand Lisboa Hotel, Avenida de Lisboa, Macau, China
Telephone (853) 8803-7878
Website www.grandlisboahotels.com/en/grandlisboa/dining/robuchon-au-dome
Grand Award

 Interior of the dining room at Robuchon au Dôme
At Robuchon au Dôme, luxury permeates everything from the dining room to the wine program. (Courtesy of Grand Lisboa Hotel)

The Grand Award–winning Robuchon au Dôme welcomes diners who crave the finer things. Located in the dome-shaped top of the Grand Lisbon Hotel in Macau, China, the restaurant offers elements of luxury at every turn, from the Swavorski crystal chandelier to the expansive views of the city far below to the menu’s abundance of foie gras, lobsters and caviar. It’s the wine list, though, weighing in at a massive 16,000 selections, that steals the show. Wine director Paul Lo oversees the cellar, headlined by heady selections focusing on Bordeaux, Burgundy, Germany, the Rhône, California, Tuscany, Piedmont and beyond. The cuisine is contemporary French with a touch of Asian influence, with dishes like milk-fed lamb and eggplant confit, wagyu beef and foie gras burgers, and Maine lobster spaghetti. The hotel also houses fellow Grand Award winner Casa Don Alfonso. For guests seeking true steak-house fare, the Kitchen is a Best of Award of Excellence winner that also sources from the hotel’s extensive wine cellar to pair with succulent steaks.


Tour d’Argent

15 Quai de la Tournelle, Paris, France
Telephone (33) 1-43-54-23-31
Website www.tourdargent.com
Grand Award

 The wine cellar at Tour d’Argent in Paris
The historic Tour d'Argent has held a Grand Award since 1986. (Courtesy of Tour d’Argent)

No. 15 Quai de la Tournelle in Paris is a place of restaurant lore. Located near the banks of the Seine river, the majestic Tour d’Argent is an ode to the highest echelons of fine French dining—it’s rumored to be the birthplace of the fork. Beginning in 1911, the Terrail family has maintained the restaurant and grown one of the world’s strongest wine lists, which has held its Grand Award since 1986. The 400-page wine list offers 14,000 selections managed by wine director David Ridgway. Ridgway has overseen the wine collection for more than 30 years, and general manager André Terrail is the third generation owner and hired chef Philippe Labbé in early 2016. With support from executive chef Yannick Franques, Labbé’s fare—which includes the restaurant’s signature caneton Frédéric Delair, or pressed duck—is available to order à la carte and in multiple tasting menus. Wine lovers can explore the depths of Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhône, Champagne, Alsace, the Loire and other iconic French wine regions on the list.


Vantre

19 Rue de la Fontaine au Roi, Paris, France
Telephone (33) 014-8061-696
Grand Award

 The cellar at Vantre
Paris’ Vantre houses a hefty wine collection of 18,000 bottles. (Julien Faure)

Before opening Vantre, owner Marco Pelletier served as head sommelier at several Grand Award winners in Paris, such as Le Taillevent and Epicure. Now he leads Vantre and its sprawling wine collection celebrating French regions. The list got a big boost in 2019, jumping from 2,900 to 4,800 selections and earning its own Grand Award that year. The list has since grown to 5,200 labels supported by an 18,000-bottle cellar, with especially excellent offerings from Burgundy, Loire, the Rhône, Champagne, Bordeaux and Jura. The cuisine is another draw at this modern Parisian wine bar with a laid-back feel; chef Masaki Nagao serves fare inspired by the region and its daily markets.


D-Wine

Centro Comercial Azalea Beach, Cn 340 Km. 173, Nueva Andalucía, Marbella Málaga, Spain
Telephone (34) 952-814-446
Website www.d-wine.es
Best of Award of Excellence

 A view of the wine storage at D-Wine
D-Wine's 6,000-label wine program focuses primarily on Spanish wines. (Courtesy of D-Wine)

D-Wine restaurant and wine shop in Málaga, Spain, offers expansive wine services in a contemporary, comfortable setting, including a spacious terrace. Strongest in Spain, the wine cellar reaches 6,000 selections and an inventory, bolstered by the wine shop, of 80,000 bottles. Among the 130-plus pages of the list, you’ll also find standout picks from other international regions, including impressive Champagnes from producers like Jacques Selosse and Krug. Wine director Julio Garcia pairs wines to chef Edmunds Cicans’ Mediterranean menu. Start with smaller plates like chicken-liver parfait with crispy smoked duck or king crab gratin before diving into entrées like Dover sole meunière or slow-cooked beef cheeks with black truffle–infused mashed potatoes.


Elysée

Park Hotel Vossevangen, Uttrågt 1-3, Voss, Norway
Telephone (47) 56-53-10-00
Website www.parkvoss.no/restaurant-elysee
Best of Award of Excellence

Surrounded by natural Scandinavian beauty, Park Hotel Vossevangen is home to one of the largest wine selections in the region. This comes as no surprise, considering owner Jan-Bruse Andersen is an avid wine enthusiast who envisioned a world-class wine program for the property ever since he opened it in 1979. The list now stands at 5,200 selections with a 42,000-bottle cellar and oversight by wine director Francesco Marzola. Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Rhône, Champagne and Alsace are major highlights, as is Italy. The bottle list is bolstered by a whopping by-the-glass program of about 180 options, most of which are available in either standard pours or half-glasses. It’s all available in the hotel’s Elysée restaurant, where chef Terje Thompson crafts a regional tasting menu where guests can choose the number of courses.


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