Walking into a wine shop should be a special experience, with beautifully displayed bottles, samples on offer and a knowledgeable staff that can help you choose the perfect wine. Wine Enthusiast recently published an article highlighting a selection of the most iconic wine shops around the world. Two are in Spain.
The first is Lavinia. Located in Madrid’s upscale Salamanca neighborhood, this store, originally opened in 1999, has an impressive selection of wine, with more than 4,500 bottles. They sell Spanish wines as well as international names, and the space was designed specifically to have just the the right temperature, humidity and light. The owners went on to open Lavinia branches in Barcelona as well as Paris. The latter location is one of the largest wine stores in the entire world.
The second shop is Vila Viniteca, in Barcelona. Opened by Quim Vila and Francisco Martí back in 1993, it holds around 7,500 different wines, several of which are produced specifically with different Spanish wineries.
The other eight wine shops on the list, including Viniculture in Berlin, Trimani in Rome, Prince Wine Store in Melbourne, Cave Rokin in Amsterdam and Acker Wines in New York City, are equally impressive and generally carry Spanish wines for local consumers.