Grand Rapids has a national reputation for beer, but that’s not the only beverage in town to sip on. For those who prefer wine, Grand Rapids offers a wide range of places to indulge in delicious grape goodness.

Whether you’re looking for a bottle of an Old-World (European) burgundy or a rich chardonnay, there are plenty of options to explore in town. And, if you’re into Michigan wines, which mimic cooler-temperature wines from places like Germany, there are quite a few places to explore as well.

Generally, a wine bar is thought of as a bar that offers more than 20 wines by the glass and more than 100 wines by the bottle. While not all establishments on our list meet those precise requirements, these destinations boast impressive wine lists, a great atmosphere and scrumptious bites to eat.

These local wine bars serve up a variety of experiences – from intimate, cozy spaces to upscale, trendy locales – while offering an abundance of new wines to discover.

Aperitivo is the perfect place to complete your shopping at the Downtown Market.

Aperitivo is the perfect place to complete your shopping at the Downtown Market.

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Visit Aperitivo at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market for an evening of cheese, charcuterie and vino. The wine list ranges from $7-$16 for a glass, or under $52 for a bottle. If you can’t find what you’re looking for on the list, you can purchase a bottle from the restaurant's retail shelves for a corkage fee.

One interesting aspect of Aperitivo’s list is the option to add bitters or Som cordials (a drinking vinegar) to your glass of bubbles. Be sure to experience one of Aperitivo’s cheese, charcuterie, beer and wine classes –including virtual ones! You can find more details on Aperitivo’s events page .

Aperitivo expanded its indoor and outdoor seating in 2021, and introduced a new sandwich and salad menu, so it can comfortably accommodate even more thirsty and hungry oenophiles.

Cork Wine & Grille

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Choose from more than 180 wines and a full food menu at Cork Wine & Grille
Wine and Cheese at Cork Wine & Grille

Choose from more than 150 wines and a full food menu at Cork Wine & Grille

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Cork Wine & Grille, located at the Watermark Country Club, is open to the general public and is a must-visit for wine lovers. Cork certainly lives up to its name, offering one of the area’s most extensive wine lists, with selections available by the bottle or in a glass.

Cork’s menu features plenty of California wines, as well as European, Oregon and Michigan varieties. Cork offers a modern bistro ambiance and has a fabulous patio to enjoy during the warmer months.

Divani, located near Van Andel Arena, is a good place to try something new. Its unique wine list covers most of the major wine regions.

The most interesting wines come only in bottles, with prices up to three figures a bottle, making Divani a great option for special occasions. If you’re looking for a more casual visit, Divani also offers bottles starting below $50.

Since street parking is limited, head to the Ottawa-Fulton Parking Ramp – it’s a close and easy place to park. If you're already downtown, consider taking the DASH (Downtown Area Shuttle), which is free to use.

Forty Pearl

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Besides offering a great tasting room, Forty Pearl also hosts wine and food education classes.
Forty Pearl Wine and Charcuterie

During happy hour, Forty Pearl offers $5 glasses of select wines & 10% off bottles to go.

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Originally opened by the Brengman Brothers as a tasting room to feature their award-winning wines and bring the flavor of Traverse City to Grand Rapids, Forty Pearl has evolved to showcase the finest Michigan wines by pairing them with adventurous bites made with locally sourced seasonal ingredients.

Wednesdays are very popular at Forty Pearl, as selected wine flights are available for just $10. 

GRNoir Wine & Jazz - Wine Glass

GRNoir offers private and public wine tastings with co-owner and level II sommelier, Shatawn Brigham.

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GRNoir seeks to make wine “fun and accessible” for all people. It’s a wine and jazz bar offering a diverse selection of global wines, a surprising small-plates food menu and live music.

Customers can find more than 100 varieties of wine here, including bottles from Black-owned vineyards. The wine list is curated by co-owner Shatawn Brigham,  a level II sommelier and the first Black sommelier to operate a wine bar in Grand Rapids.

Join GRNoir’s Wine Club so you can sample flights of four different wines in store and sign up for its Wine Club to receive monthly shipments (or curbside pickups) of three new wines monthly.  

Private tastings with a Brigham are also available.

The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck

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The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck at the Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton offers a smaller, curated wine list to accompany its globally inspired menu. 

The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck offers European-style wines, with a few California and Austrian wines included for good measure. All are available by the bottle or the glass.

Two other Amway Grand Plaza restaurants are also great wine destinations: MDRD features a satisfying selection of Spanish wines to complement its modern Spanish cuisine while Ruth’s Chris Steak House offers an extensive global wine list.

House of Wine

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At House of Wine, you can build your own charcuterie board to pair with your wine.
House of Wine Charcuterie

At House of Wine, you can build your own charcuterie board to pair with your wine.

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House of Wine offers more than 100 wines available by taste, glass, or bottle. Plus, there are 250 bottles of wine to choose from in the retail shop.

Pair your wine with House of Wine’s food menu, which features build-your-own charcuterie boards as well as small plates, salads and paninis.

House of Wine offers a Monday-Friday Happy Hour menu and a selection of creative wine flights.

Café Mamo

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Wine Spectator Magazine named Café Mamo one of the 12 best new restaurants of 2022, a list reserved for standout wine spots that also offer a memorable dining experience, and its wine program earned an award of excellence from the publication. Opened in summer 2021 by husband-and-wife team Michael Goessman (chef) and Summer Knoop (a certified wine sommelier), Café Mamo is an intimate wine-driven eatery tucked into the Creston Heights neighborhood northeast of downtown GR.

Knoop draws on her experience in the New York City wine industry to curate a rotating wine (and beer and mocktail) list that beautifully complements the farm-to-table food menu that also changes constantly based on the freshest ingredients Goessman can find. The restaurant is open Monday-Saturday for dinner service and offers brunch one weekend each month.

Noto's Old World Italian Dining

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Noto's Old World Italian Dining
Noto's Old World Italian Dining

Noto's Old World Italian Dining offers wine flights to help you decide from a list of 1,200 Italian wines.

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Noto’s Old World Italian Dining is a family-owned restaurant that’s been serving up fine Italian dining since 1982. Its expansive list of 1,200 Italian wines (covering all 20 of the country’s wine-producing regions) is worth a browse.

Not sure what to choose? Opt for a wine flight featuring three wines before you purchase a glass or bottle. The 28th Street location (Noto's also operates a lakeside restaurant in Grand Haven) features spaces for private parties and events.

Reserve Wine & Food

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Pair your RWGR meal with one of more than 100 wines on Reserve's expansive wine menu.

Pair your meal with one of more than 100 wines on Reserve's expansive wine menu.

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Reserve pours more than 100 varieties of wine by the glass, including a wide range of California and Old World wines. The wine list includes such categories as “Crisp & Clean” and “Fresh & Funky” in addition to more traditional classifications like Chardonnays, Italian Reds and Pinot Noir. Guests can also choose from a variety of curated wine flights to sample different varietals.

Reserve offers an even larger selection of wine by the bottle, while the wine cellar houses 900+ selections available for retail sale. If you’re looking to enjoy food with your wine, Reserve’s lunch and dinner menus feature a wide range of fare, from distinctive cheese and charcuterie plates to burgers and pasta.

Reservations are recommended. If you’re visiting for a special occasion, you can reserve one of four unique private dining/event spaces – including The Vault, which is flanked by an original bank vault door behind which Reserve stores its best and most exclusive wines.

Squibb Coffee & Wine Bar

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Squibb Coffee and Wine Bar exterior

Get your fill of coffee, tea, wine, cheese, and charcuterie at Squibb Coffee and Wine Bar.

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Two of the world’s favorite beverages come together at Squibb Coffee and Wine Bar, located in Uptown. Guests can order wine by the glass or bottle, and pair their choice(s) with a something from the food menu, which includes toasts, cheese, charcuterie and dips. Specialty coffees and pastries round out the offering.

Since its opening in 2019, Squibb has expanded its retail selection of wine bottles to include more natural wines and a wider range of wines from all over the world. Guests can take a bottle to go or open a bottle at the shop for a corkage fee.

This story was originally written by Austin Langlois and been updated by the Experience Grand Rapids team.