Looking for the best wine bars in Rome? You’re clearly doing something right with your life.
I just wrapped a month-long stay in Rome and visiting the charming wine bars was the highlight of my trip. My husband and I ended almost every evening at a wine bar, which gave us a chance to try a ton of them while we were visiting.
There’s a handful of wine bars in Rome that are worth visiting and that’s where I come in. Vacation time is so precious, I don’t want you spending your time in tourist traps! As such, allow me to share my personal list of the best wine bars in Rome. Hope you enjoy!
A quick word on the wine bars in Rome
When it comes to the best wine bars in Rome, charm is the name of the game. And indeed, it is true that the best Roman wine bars are tiny, cozy and dimly lit. Seating is limited (making for a more intimate overall experience), and service is intentionally slower — people are here to relax, not check off an evening chore.
As such, brace for long lines when visiting the wine bars in Rome unless you come before the evening rush. We had the best luck getting sat (even at the most popular spots) if we arrived by 5:30pm.
Also, try Pecorino wine during your visit! We discovered it on our first night in Rome and ordered it almost exclusively from then on out. It’s a light-skinned chilled wine made with grapes grown in Italy’s eastern coastal region.
Pecorino wine is well-balanced with velvety floral notes and an overall dry finish. We really enjoyed it, which is why I recommend giving it a try. You never know!
Best Wine Bars Rome
I tried a lot of great wine bars in Rome during my month-long stay but none impressed me more than Il Goccetto. Located on a charming cobblestone street buzzing with life, this place is packed with locals almost every night. The wine selection is exceptional, the food delicious and the warm staff always made us feel welcomed.
All told, I visited Il Goccetto nine times during my time in the Eternal City and can confirm that this is one of the best wine bars in Rome.
Located a stone’s throw from the first wine bar I just mentioned, Enoteca Bortone seems to be the place the locals go. Incredibly cozy, this wine bar in Rome is perfect for those in search of an easy-going evening and great (small) bites.
We walked past Enoteca Bortone a handful of times but the tables (inside and out) were always full. Finally, we swung by at an odd hour (around 5pm) to see what all the fuss was about. Within seconds of being greeted, we understood why folks love this gem so much.
The perfectly-curated selection of wine is memorable, and the food is equally delicious. We opted for the bruschetta board and enjoyed every last bite.
My husband and I stumbled upon Cantina Belsiana on accident during our first night in Rome. We were in desperate need of relaxation and hopped into the first spot we saw without realizing it was one of the best wine bars in Rome!
The service was friendly and the wine hit the spot. We ordered a few bites as well and couldn’t have been happier with the entire experience. In fact, we visited Cantina Belsiana four times during our month-long stay in Rome, even though it required a 25-minute walk.
L’Angolo Divino Enoteca Vineria
L’Angolo Divino Enoteca Vineria is tucked into a charming square close to Campo de’ Fiori. I’ll be honest, the first time I swung by the spot it was completely empty, so I chose to keep wandering. However, a few nights later I found myself in the area again and decided to pop in.
Turns out most of the folks get seated in a lively outdoor area a few steps from the actual wine bar (which is why the spot appears empty). The desserts menu is definitely worth a gander, I loved the wine-soaked peaches with ice cream.
While staying at a hotel in Trastevere, I pulled up Google maps in search of nearby wine bars. The great reviews for Enoteca Cuverie caught my eye — tons of folks were claiming this was the best wine bar in Rome! Naturally, I had to investigate.
The decor is rather rustic, giving this wine bar in Rome a whimsical vibe. The knowledgeable staff are some of the kindest we came across and were very helpful with the wine selection process. The prices were more than reasonable for the quality wine we enjoyed.
Also worth mention, the food at Enoteca Cuverie is delicious! Definitely order the seasonal salads offered, they make a perfect companion to the wine, especially when you need a break from all the prosciutto and cheese.
The interior of Quartino Enoteca is so beautiful! Boasting all the charm of an old-school wine shop, we found ourselves intrigued and decided to pop in for a spontaneous glass of white wine. We opted for the tables outside, which are shaded by the beautiful archways of Piazza Vittorio Emanuele.
Needless to say, you’ll have ample opportunities for people-watching at this pretty wine bar in Rome. The vast selection of wine is impressive and the prices are reasonable. We ordered a charcuterie board to pair with the wine and were beating ourselves up for not ordered an entire bottle.
Between the cozy atmosphere, delightful staff and delicious bites, we ended up rescheduling our evening plans to sneak in a second glass each at this lovely wine bar in Rome.
VinAllegro is tucked into a corner off of busy piazza in the heart of Trastevere. Don’t let the parking lot right next to this wine bar deter you, the easy-going vibe checks all the boxes!
Trastevere is the most charming neighborhood in Rome, as such, we spent many evenings wandering the streets aimlessly. That’s actually how we found VinAllegro, which turned out to be one of our favorite wine bars in Rome. We originally popped in for a quick glass pre-dinner, but ended up spending the entire evening here.
The wine list is comprehensive, ensuring that anyone will find something to love. The best part? The prices are so reasonable! Especially when considering the charming locale and great vibe.
Essenza Wine Bar
Essenza Wine Bar was recommended by my friend Terri, who fondly remembered the wine bar from her trip to Rome. We popped in on her recommendation and found ourselves warmly greeted and promptly sat. We decided on a chilled Pecorino wine and paired it with a few small bites.
The bites were delicious! And the wine was top notch, too. But what really sealed the deal at this charming wine bar in Rome was the kind service we received from the staff. They made us feel welcomed and well cared for, which makes recommending this spot an easy choice.
Enoteca Il Piccolo
It’s nearly impossible to walk by Enoteca Il Piccolo without noticing it — this has to be the liveliest wine bar in Rome. Boasting a live DJ, expect to find loud happy locals talking over chilled wine (and each other) well into the night.
Anytime we passed Enoteca Il Piccolo, regardless of the day, this wine bar was so chatty and lively. As such, if you’re looking for a wine bar in Rome were the locals go, this is the one. Just know that food options are limited, but thankfully there’s a ton of restaurants nearby.
We stumbled upon Josephine while searching for a new-to-us wine bar in Rome. Two beautifully dressed gals were sitting outside and enjoying themselves immensely, we were sold. There was one more outdoor table left and we asked if we could keep the chairs warm for a while.
The kind gal behind the counter was so cheery and said “absolutely!” She came out a few minutes later and explained that Josephine is a French-inspired wine bar, so all of the wines come from France. I ordered the rosé and my husband opted for a chardonnay.
I can honestly tell you that the rosé from Josephine was the best I’ve ever had (dramatic, I know). It was nothing short of excellent. Likewise, my husband was equally impressed by the chardonnay so we knew that this charming wine bar in Rome was worth revisiting.
Also, big props to the kind gal that served us during our time at Josephine. I’m not sure if she was the owner, but she was definitely one of the sweetest folks we came across during out trip. Case in point: a group of four showed up a few minutes after Will and I were sat at the last remaining outdoor table.
The group asked if it was possible to sit outside and the gal said “of course!” She quickly brought out a step stool and playfully covered it with a large linen napkin (to make it look like a tablecloth). Afterwards she collected all the stray chairs and made sure the group was comfortable. She was jovial the entire time and had everyone at this charming Rome wine bar giggling. Just goes to prove that Italians are truly some of the best people!
Rome Best Wine Bars (Post Summary)
In sum, here’s a roundup of the best wine bars in Rome, Italy.
- Il Goccetto
- Enoteca Bortone
- Cantina Belsiana
- L’Angolo Divino Enoteca Vineria
- Quartino Enoteca
- Enoteca CUVERIE
- Essenza Wine Bar
- Enoteca Il Piccolo
Map of the best wine bars in Rome
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