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Get your Grape on – Wine Shops in Brussels

By alison - March 10, 2011 (Updated: November 21, 2014)

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Andrew and I love wine – Red, white, pink, bubbles or none. Like many North American expats in Europe, a whole new tasty world was revealed, when we discovered how affordable good wines are in Belgium.

While it’s easy to pick up a decent tipple at the local grocery store, sometimes it’s nice to pop the cork on a bottle of something extra special. There are a few wine shops in Brussels where we’ve received great service and bought some very, very nice wines. I thought I’d share my favourites with you.

Wine Shops in Brussels


Chai & Bar – I discovered this amazing shop in Tour & Taxis, while searching for a nice place to take Andrew for a drink on his birthday, several years ago. Chai & Bar is a two-level wine-lover’s heaven. The majority of the selection is French, although there are bottles from other regions in Europe and a small selection of new-world wines as well. There is a separate chilled room with a glass door where you can feast your eyes on bottles that range from hundreds of Euros to thousands. The best part is a cosy tasting bar nestled in the back corner where there is an ever changing selection of wines to enjoy by the glass. You can purchase nibbles to eat at the bar, or you can ask for help selecting a bottle to enjoy with your evening meal. The service is helpful and friendly and there are frequent sales and specials.

Mig’s World Wines – Mig’s is exactly what it says on the tin – Wines from around the world. It’s a small shop in size, but the selection seems endless. Mig’s carries a vast range of new world wines, some from places you wouldn’t expect to grow grapes. There are bottles from Uruguay, India and Tanzania among many others. There is also a small selection of Belgian wines and a growing stock of liquors and liqueurs.  Belgian Whiskey anyone? There are weekend tastings and always excellent service and suggestions.

Jack O’Shea’s – You may recognise Jack’s as our favourite butcher. What you may not know is they also sell a small but excellent selection of new-world wines. You can find bold South American and Australian reds, as well as my favourite summer-terrace-sipping Sauvignon Blancs, from New Zealand. If you stop buy on a Saturday to place your meat order, you may just be handed a glass to sip while you wait. You won’t get that kind of service at the GB.

Rob – If your preference is for excellent European wines, it’s worth heading to the basement wine shop at Rob, the gourmet market in Woluwe. While there is a small selection of wines in the grocery upstairs, the main wine cellar is underground. The vast majority of the bottles are beautiful French wines but we managed to buy some excellent Chianti and Rioja at Christmas time. It is also the place to visit if you’re looking for some excellent Bubbly. Stop by on weekends and the weeks before Christmas and you won’t escape without tasting a variety of bottles. There is also a separate room with very special alcohols from around the world.

This is just a small sample of the wine shops here in Brussels. Do you have a favourite we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments so we can check it out. Cheers!

Get your Grape on – Wine Shops in Brussels

Andrew and I love wine – Red, white, pink, bubbles or none. Like many North American expats in Europe, a whole new tasty world was revealed, when we discovered how affordable good wines are in Belgium.

While it’s easy to pick up a decent tipple at the local grocery store, sometimes it’s nice to pop the cork on a bottle of something extra special. There are a few wine shops in Brussels where we’ve received great service and bought some very, very nice wines. I thought I’d share my favourites with you.

Chai & Bar – I discovered this amazing shop in Tour & Taxis, while searching for a nice place to take Andrew for a drink on his birthday, several years ago. Chai & Bar is a two-level wine-lover’s heaven. The majority of the selection is French, although there are bottles from other regions in Europe and a small selection of new-world wines as well. There is a separate chilled room with a glass door where you can feast your eyes on bottles that range from hundreds of Euros to thousands. The best part is a cosy tasting bar nestled in the back corner where there is an ever changing selection of wines to enjoy by the glass. You can purchase nibbles to eat at the bar, or you can ask for help selecting a bottle to enjoy with your evening meal. The service is helpful and friendly and there are frequent sales and specials.

Mig’s World Wines – Mig’s is exactly what it says on the tin – Wines from around the world. It’s a small shop in size, but the selection seems endless. Mig’s carries a vast range of new world wines, some from places you wouldn’t expect to grow grapes. There are bottles from Uruguay, India and Tanzania among many others. There is also a small selection of Belgian wines and a growing stock of liquors and liqueurs.Belgian Whiskey anyone? There are weekend tastings and always excellent service and suggestions.

Jack O’Shea’s – You may recognise Jack’s as our favourite butcher. What you may not know is they also sell a small but excellent selection of new-world wines. You can find bold South American and Australian reds, as well as my favourite summer-terrace-sipping Sauvignon Blancs, from New Zealand. If you stop buy on a Saturday to place your meat order, you may just be handed a glass to sip while you wait. You won’t get that kind of service at the GB.

Rob – If your preference is for excellent European wines, it’s worth heading to the basement wine shop at Rob, the gourmet market in Woluwe. While there is a small selection of wines in the grocery upstairs, the main wine cellar is underground. The vast majority of the bottles are beautiful French wines but we managed to buy some excellent Chianti and Rioja at Christmas time. It is also the place to visit if you’re looking for some excellent Bubbly. Stop by on weekends and the weeks before Christmas and you won’t escape without tasting a variety of bottles. There is also a separate room with very special alcohols from around the world.

This is just a small sample of the wine shops here in Brussels. Do you have a favourite we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments so we can check it out. Cheers!

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of Cheeseweb.eu. She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She is currently slow travelling through Europe in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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8 comments

  1. Comment by simon

    simon March 10, 2011 at 14:10

    “Phil dans ta cave”, just off Place Dumon in Stockel is good too.

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison March 10, 2011 at 14:20

      Thanks for the tip! We’ll definitely have to check that out.

  2. Comment by Amy

    Amy March 10, 2011 at 14:13

    I’ll have to check these places out! Still can’t get over the Belgian sparkling wine you had me try. It was so surprisingly good!

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison March 10, 2011 at 14:21

      That’s a whole post in itself! I keep meaning to write that so I guess it’s time 🙂

  3. Comment by Laurent

    Laurent March 10, 2011 at 15:24

    Rob have definitely a great cave for a supermarket. There are wonderfull bottle there

    Chai bar is great to distribute the full range of Drappier’s champagne.

    I have some other adress which are great for natural wine :
    – A bout de souffre : a little wine bar which sell wine as well, close of Chaussée of Charleroi
    – WInery, place Brugman : a great selection and nice place to taste some good wine
    – Basin & Marot, close of Chatelain : the place in Brussel for natural wine , open to public only saturday afternoon

    if you search all the best adress for wine store in Belgium, the reference book is “la Belgique, le Vin” by René Sépul

    cheers

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison March 10, 2011 at 15:40

      Merci Laurent pour les bons suggestions! I’ve been meaning to try Winery. I’ve heard very good things about it and I will add the other two to my list as well. I have the Bruxelles version of Rene Sepul’s book and am happily working my way through it 🙂 I discovered a great new restaurant with fantastic wine in my own neighbourhood because of it!

  4. Comment by Will

    Will March 12, 2011 at 12:26

    But where do you buy your Canadian wines in Brussels?!

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison March 14, 2011 at 09:44

      That’s a tough one and I guess the short answer is, we don’t. Canada doesn’t export much wine over here, except for ice wine. You can find Canadian ice wines at many of the places listed here. As for the rest, we just enjoy them when we go home to visit 🙂

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